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Boulter happy to retain focus as GB girls triumph

Katie Boulter
Katie Boulter

By Eleanor Crooks

Katie Boulter is getting the taste of delivering huge wins for Great Britain in the Fed Cup after she got their victory over Greece off to the perfect start, though it came in controversial circumstances.

Johanna Konta fought back to defeat Maria Sakkari 4-6 6-2 6-3 and seal the victory for Great Britain last night.

Having won her first singles match in the victorious tie over Slovenia on Wednesday, Boulter again opened up with a win, beating Valentini Grammatikopoulou 6-3 4-6 6-3.

But the Greek and her captain Anastasios Bavelas surrounded umpire Evelina Oehme three times in the final set, with the pair unhappy at several line calls.

Grammatikopoulou later called Oehme "not so good" and said she would have preferred to lose nicely.

Boulter was able to stay calm, undeterred by what was happening at the other side of the net, and saw out a tough encounter to send her country 1-0 up.

"This whole entire year, this career we choose, everything is not going to be perfect and my mentality is to go out and fight no matter what happens whether you play well or whether you play badly," she said.

Konta's attempt to win the tie for GB with a rubber to spare did not get off to the best start as Sakkari won the first set 6-4.

But Konta found her range to send the match into a deciding set. It looked bleak as she was broken in the second set, but her forehand began to fire and she won six of the next seven games to take it 6-2 before grinding out the final set to put the seal on a fine victory for the British women.

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