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Thrilled Konta leads by example as GB earn a promotion play-off

Great Britain will face Croatia in a Fed Cup promotion play-off after wins for Johanna Konta and Heather Watson secured victory over Turkey in Tallinn.

Konta had to fight back to beat Cagla Buyukakcay 5-7 6-4 6-3 while Watson thrashed Ipek Soylu 6-0 6-1 as Britain took an unassailable lead in the three-match tie.

In what proved to be a dead rubber, Laura Robson and Jocelyn Rae beat Ayla Aksu and Pemra Ozgen 6-2 6-2 in the doubles.

It means Britain have finished top of Pool C and earn a play-off against Pool B winners Croatia today. The victors will then progress to another play-off in April to move out of Euro/Africa Zone Group I, the competition's third tier, and into World Group II.

It has been 24 years since Britain reached those heady heights but new team captain Anne Keothavong possesses a potent weapon in Konta, ranked 10th in the world and a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open last month.

Konta's task this weekend will be to overcome Croatia's Ana Konjuh, while Watson will be up against Donna Vekic.

"I'm happy to come through that," Konta said. "It wasn't easy. To come through that and have the opportunity to go through to the play-off, I'm very happy."

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