Team Captain Anne Keothavong reveals that she gave Johanna Konta the option to quit during her dramatic Fed Cup win over Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic in Bath.
An exhausted Konta said she was “light-headed” during her Fed Cup win which clinched the tie for the Brits and sends them through to the World Group II play offs in April.
Keothavong said. “She didn’t have to continue if she felt like she couldn’t, but she wanted to. She showed so much courage and determination to find a way.”
The British number one – playing her third three-set rubber is as many days – was seen slumped on the floor during a comfort break after the second set, but recovered to seal a 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 victory.
An on form Katie Boulter had earlier set up the clincher for Konta by winning 6-4, 6-3 over Ivana Jorovic.
Great Britain – hoping to return to the World Group for the first time since 1993 – didn’t squander home advantage they had waited 26 years for, and won all of their rubbers over the four day event with Boulter and Konta winning all of their singles rubbers.
They can now look forward to next Tuesday’s draw for the play-offs that will offer the chance of promotion to the second tier of women’s team tennis.
The play-offs will feature eight teams, and give the Brits a chance to redeem themselves, having fallen at this stage four times in the last seven years
Captain Anne Keothavong has one simple wish. “A home tie,”