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Konta and Boulter help GB hit the ground running in Fed Cup


Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta

By Jonathan Veal

Great Britain were victorious in their first home Fed Cup tie since 1993 after Katie Boulter and Johanna Konta helped them see off Slovenia.

Britain are in Group 1 of the Europe/Africa Zone of the women's team tournament and are hoping to get to the World Group II play-off in April if they come out on top of the round-robin event in Bath.

It has been 26 years since they played a tie in the UK and they made the perfect start by getting the point on the board in their opening Group A match as Boulter and Konta put them 2-0 up in the best-of-three clash.

Boulter, playing her first Fed Cup singles match, beat Kaja Juvan 6-4 6-2 in the opening match and then British No.1 Konta saw off Dalila Jakupovic 7-6 (9-7) 6-2.

Harriet Dart and Katie Swan were then able to enjoy the pressure-free doubles rubber, knowing the result did not matter.

Captain Anne Keothavong was delighted to get the job done.

"I didn't really want to be sitting there in a deciding doubles on day one!" she said. "Credit to Boulter and Konta. It is a much nicer situation knowing we have won, but this competition is far from completed."

Britain are also with Greece, who they play today, and Hungary.

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