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Johanna Konta and Heather Watson secure Fed Cup progression for Great Britain

Konta and Watson secure Fed Cup progression for Great Britain
By PA Sport

09/02/2018 at 17:07Updated 09/02/2018 at 23:05

Johanna Konta and Heather Watson were victorious again as Great Britain beat Estonia to progress through to a Fed Cup play-off on Saturday.

Konta and Watson both won their singles matches as Britain saw off Portugal 3-0 on Wednesday, and the pair were triumphant again on Friday against host nation Estonia in Tallinn.

After Watson had thrashed 15-year-old Katriin Saar 6-1 6-1 in just 57 minutes first up, Konta eventually emerged victorious in a much-tougher encounter with world number 27 Anett Kontaveit to earn Britain an unassailable 2-0 lead in the tie.

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Konta served twice for the first set but ended up losing it on a tie-break as Estonia, who also beat Portugal in their opening match, drew first blood.

However, world number 11 Konta hit back and eventually clinched a 6-7 (5/7) 6-4 6-2 victory to send Britain through to a play-off, where they will face the winner of Group C.

Johanna Konta of Great Britain shakes hands with Great Britain team

Johanna Konta of Great Britain shakes hands with Great Britain teamGetty Images

If Anne Keothavong’s team win that tie then they qualify for the World Group II play-offs in April.

Britain have made it to the World Group II play-offs three times in the last six years – including last year against Romania – but were beaten on each occasion.

Britain have not played in the Fed Cup World Group since 1993.

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