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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Ashleigh Barty-led Australia knock US out of Fed Cup

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Ashleigh Barty-led Australia knock US out of Fed Cup

  • Barty and Priscilla Hon win decisive doubles rubber
  • Australia set up semi-final clash with Belarus in April

Ashleigh Barty has led the way and debutante Priscilla Hon was her reliable sidekick as Australia knocked the United States out of the Fed Cup to set up a world group semi-final clash with Belarus.

The US had the home crowd in Asheville, at North Carolina’s US Cellular Center indoor arena on Sunday, but Australia possessed world No 13 Barty who was invincible.

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Mon, 11 Feb 2019 01:14:48 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Johanna Konta’s gutsy win puts Britain into Fed Cup World Group play-off

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Johanna Konta’s gutsy win puts Britain into Fed Cup World Group play-off

• Konta battles fatigue to seal 2-0 victory over Serbia
• Katie Boulter earlier won her rubber in straight sets

Johanna Konta has already achieved many things in her career, including being within one win of a Wimbledon final, but in terms of sheer effort, there have surely been none finer or more courageous than this.

Physically exhausted and mentally spent, the Briton somehow managed to haul her body over the line and with it, secured her country a chance to reach the elite World Group of the Fed Cup. Britain’s 2-0 win over Serbia in Bath means they will now compete in a World Group II play-off in April for a chance to return to the second tier of the sport’s flagship women’s team competition for the first time since 1993.

Related: Johanna Konta’s tough win against Hungary seals Fed Cup play-off spot

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Sat, 09 Feb 2019 22:16:46 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Johanna Konta’s tough win against Hungary seals Fed Cup play-off spot

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Johanna Konta’s tough win against Hungary seals Fed Cup play-off spot

• Konta beat Anna Bondar, Katie Boulter also wins in three
• Great Britain to play Serbia in Saturday’s play-off

Johanna Konta kept her nerve to subdue Anna Bondar of Hungary, ranked 224 in the world, in three sets and take Great Britain into Saturday’s Fed Cup play-off against Serbia.

Konta, Britain’s No 1, won 6-2, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (4) to give the home side a winning 2-0 lead after Katie Boulter’s three-set defeat of Dalma Galfi in the opening singles at the University of Bath.

Related: Line call controversy clouds Great Britain’s Fed Cup win over Greece

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Fri, 08 Feb 2019 23:41:44 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Line call controversy clouds Great Britain’s Fed Cup win over Greece

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Line call controversy clouds Great Britain’s Fed Cup win over Greece

• Katie Boulter and Johanna Konta set up decider with Hungary
• Maria Sakkari: line judges were ‘worst I have ever seen’

Great Britain set up a winner-takes-all Fed Cup clash with Hungary on Friday, but their victory against Greece was dogged by controversial line calls.

Britain made it two from two to sit top of Pool A of the Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 going into the final round-robin tie after Katie Boulter and Johanna Konta won their singles matches. But there were questionable line calls throughout and Konta’s opponent Maria Sakkari condemned the line judges as “the worst I have ever seen in my life”.

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Fri, 08 Feb 2019 00:22:00 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Great Britain to host home Fed Cup ties for first time in more than 25 years

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Great Britain to host home Fed Cup ties for first time in more than 25 years

• Bath University to host matches in 2019
• ‘This will show everyone what Fed Cup is all about’

Great Britain will host a home Fed Cup tie for the first time in more than 25 years in 2019, it was confirmed on Tuesday.

The round-robin at Bath University from 6 to 9 February will be part of the Europe/Africa Group One zonal event shared with Poland and will feature some of the biggest names in tennis from eight countries. The winner of each tie will go into the World Group Two play-offs in April.

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Tue, 02 Oct 2018 21:59:19 GMT

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