Billie Jean King Cup Play-Offs 2023: Great Britain vs Sweden - Results & updates
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Get all the latest results, match reports, schedule updates and draws from Great Britain's Billie Jean King Cup Play-Off clash with Sweden at the Copper Box in London.
- Great Britain 3 - 1 Sweden
- Harriet Dart defeats Caijsa Henneman to secure tie victory
- Katie Boulter prevails in 6-1, 7-6(5) win over Kasja Rinaldo Persson
- Lexus GB Billie Jean King Cup team includes: Katie Boulter, Jodie Burrage, Harriet Dart, Heather Watson and Maia Lumsden
- Matches start at 14:00 on Saturday 11 November
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Match four: Game, set, tie - Dart seals victory against Hennemann
Harriet Dart has catapulted Great Britain to the 2024 Qualifiers after defeating Caijsa Hennemann in an assertive 7-5, 6-2 win on home soil.
Little separated the two in the opening stages of the match, with both players holding firm. After back-to-back breaks at 5-4, it was Dart who had the last say as she wrapped up the set at the second time of asking.
Dialled in, with her foot on the gas pedal, the British No.3 rose to the occasion - punishing Hennemann for two double faults to take the reins in the second set.
Competing in her eighth Billie Jean King Cup tie, the Brit maintained composure in her service games, winning 85% of points behind her first serve (11/13) and racking up an impressive 17 winners across the match.
After hunting down a second break of serve, the 27-year-old stepped up to the baseline to serve for the match – capping off a near flawless performance with a hold to love to send a 5,000 strong crowd into an eruption of cheers as Great Britain take the tie 3-1.
Match three: Boulter clinches back-to-back wins at the Copper Box Arena
Katie Boulter picked up where she left off yesterday after defeating Kasja Rinaldo Persson 6-1, 7-6(5) to give the Brits the lead for the first time in this Play-Off tie.
The world No.58 was fuelled by a lively home crowd at the Copper Box Arena from the get-go, as she piled the pressure on the Swede's serve and eventually hunted down a first break.
Rinaldo Persson looked to bite back straight away as she was gifted with two break point opportunities of her own, but Boulter denied entry with a thundering forehand winner to consolidate before clinching yet another break to take the set in 38 minutes.
The second set proved a tougher challenge for the Brit, with the world No.372 looking to find the form that saw her defeat Jodie Burrage in yesterday’s opening match. With Boulter trailing 3-5 and Rinaldo Persson serving to take the match to a deciding set, the reigning Rothesay Open Nottingham champion worked through the gears to save four set points and force a tie-break.
With the set looking like it could fall the way of either player, it was the British No.1 who held her nerve to secure an emphatic win and put Great Britain within one win of victory.
Match two: Boulter shines to earn 10th Billie Jean King Cup win
Boulter has etched a vital point on the board for the Brits to level the tie, as she sealed a tantalising 6-2, 6-1 victory over Caijsa Hennemann.
The British No.1 received a warm welcome from the home crowd as she stepped back onto the court where she ended Great Britain’s 26-year wait for promotion to the top-flight of the tournament back in 2019.
Eager to hit the ground running, Boulter made a dream start against Hennemann as she clinched a break to love before consolidating to take the early lead. In typical Boulter-style, the 27-year-old dominated with her groundstrokes, racking up an astounding 14 winners to eventually find a second breakthrough.
From then on, there was no stopping Boulter who was firing on all cylinders. As she continued to pile the pressure on the Swede’s serve, the reigning Rothesay Open Nottingham champion found herself up a double break in the second set before closing in on an assertive win with a break to love.
This victory marks Boulter’s 10th Billie Jean King Cup win, having won eight singles and two doubles matches in her career.
With the tie all square heading into day two at the Copper Box Arena, it's safe to say it's all to play for.
Match one: Burrage misses out on debut to Rinaldo Persson
Jodie Burrage’s debut match for Great Britain ended in a straight sets defeat as the British No.2 missed out to Sweden’s Kasja Rinaldo Persson, 6-4, 6-1.
Making her debut for the Brits in front of a 5,000-strong crowd at the Copper Box Arena, Burrage - who today became LTA Colour Holder No.324 - shook off two early break points on her opening service game, before clinching four consecutive games to race ahead to a 4-0 lead.
However, it wasn’t long before the momentum shifted and the Swede found her form to turn the set on its head. With the unforced errors creeping in off the Brits’ racket, Rinaldo Persson reeled off five games in a row of her own, before Burrage returned a forehand long to gift the world No.372 the first set.
Rinaldo Persson – who has played in eight Billie Jean King Cup ties and won six – looked to pick up where she left off in the second. Hitting with composure and power from the off, the 25-year-old capitalised on an early break point opportunity to take a 2-0 lead before a second break of serve at 3-1 put the match beyond doubt.