20 - 21 April 2019

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Fed Cup: Brits kickstart Europe/Africa Group I campaign with victory over Slovenia

  • 06/02/2019

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Great Britain got off to the best possible start in their Europe/Africa Group I campaign by taking a 3-0 lead over Slovenia. Katie Boulter and Johanna Konta scored convincing victories in their respective singles matches, and Harriet Dart and Katie Swan made it a hat-trick of straight sets wins after closing out their doubles rubber. 

Boulter secured her first Fed Cup singles win by defeating world No.169 Kaja Juvan 6-4, 6-2 at the University of Bath. The 22-year-old from Leicestershire was making her second Fed Cup appearance following her debut last year in the Estonian capital of Tallinn, where the team competed in the same zonal group event.

British No.1 Konta followed and battled brilliantly against world No.86 Dalila Jakupovic. After a tense opening set, she saved three set points in the tie-break and proved resilient to capture a 7-6(7), 6-2 win.  

Harriet Dart and Katie Swan made it a clean sweep by defeating Juvan and Jakupovic 6-2, 6-2. The match marked Dart's Fed Cup debut, whilst it was Swan's first Fed Cup appearance since she represented Great Britain in 2016 as the team's youngest ever player. 

The Brits will return to action on Thursday and will face Greece, who were defeated by Hungary 2-1. All four nations are part of Group A and will compete in the same round-robin pool until Friday. The winner of the Group A will then face the winner of Groub B (Serbia, Croatia, Turkey and Georgia) on Satuday 9 February for a place in April's World Group II Play-Offs. 

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