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Katie Boulter “devastated” after throwing away three match points in Fed Cup

A “devastated” Katie Boulter vowed to pick herself up and help Great Britain try to reach World Group II after a dramatic first day of Fed Cup action at London’s Copper Box. After Johanna Konta recovered from a dreadful start to defeat Kazakhstan number two Zarina Diyas 4-6 6-3 6-2, Boulter led 4-0 in the deciding set and held three match points against Yulia Putintseva but lost 3-6 6-2 7-6 (6) to leave the match tied at 1-1 going into the final day. While Putintseva, one of the grittiest competitors on tour, celebrated exuberantly in front of the noisy band of Kazakh supporters, a tearful Boulter had to be consoled on her chair. What. A. Match.@PutintsevaYulia saves THREE match points in an epic encounter to win 36 62 76(6) against Katie Boulter and bring the visitors le...

Jo Durie expects GB to have “very tough” Fed Cup playoff

Jo Durie believes Britain’s Fed Cup players will be feeling extra pressure for this weekend’s play-off against Kazakhstan because of uncertainty over the future format of the competition. Anne Keothavong’s side will attempt finally to end 26 years outside the elite level of the competition in two days of action at the Copper Box in Stratford. It is the fifth time in the last eight years that Britain have got to this stage, with last year’s 3-2 defeat by Japan the closest they have come to escaping the notoriously difficult Europe/Africa Zone. 😀😀 @JohannaKonta & @KatieBoulter1 😀😀 Those first day @FedCup feels… #WeGoAgain pic.twitter.com/Qn620XxZVQ — LTA (@the_LTA) April 16, 2019 Victory would put Britain among the eight teams in World Group II, with another...

Result: Ashleigh Barty is Miami champion

Ashleigh Barty claimed the biggest title of her career with victory over former world number one Karolina Pliskova in the Miami Open final. The Australian hit back from a bad start to overcome her opponent 7-6 (1) 6-3 and wrap up an impressive triumph in 99 minutes. Pliskova, who had beaten second seed Simona Halep in the semi-final, appeared to justify her status as favourite when she broke early to take a 3-1 lead. But Barty, mixing power with delicate stroke-play, came back and breezed through the first set tie-break to seize the advantage. The 22-year-old built momentum in the second set as she broke early and would drop only two points on serve as she sailed to victory. Read Next: ITF accuses ATP of blocking ‘necessary’ changes >

ITF accuses ATP of blocking ‘necessary’ changes

The International Tennis Federation has accused the ATP of blocking change that could alleviate the struggles of players at the lower levels of the game. The ITF has borne the brunt of fierce criticism of major structural alterations to the sport that came into force at the beginning of the year. The number of players deemed professional has been slashed, with ATP and WTA Tour ranking points no longer available for the smallest tournaments, which instead now award ITF points. The aim was to provide a more straightforward pathway for young players, allow more players to make a living from the sport and tackle the integrity issues that come with thousands of players earning little or no prize money. In announcing the changes, the ITF stated it hoped that around 750 men and a similar number o...

Result: Evans sails into Delray quarters while Norrie falls after epic clash in Rio

Dan Evans eased into the quarter-finals in Delray Beach but Cameron Norrie lost a three-hour battle at the Rio Open. Dan Evans followed up his victory over defending champion Frances Tiafoe by beating Lloyd Harris for the loss of only two games to reach the quarter-finals of the Delray Beach Open. The 28-year-old has had a strong start to the season as he continues to work his way back towards the top 100 less than a year after returning from a one-year ban for cocaine use. Evans edged a tight contest against American Tiafoe in round one on Tuesday but was utterly dominant in a 6-0 6-2 win over South African Harris and will face sixth seed Andreas Seppi for a place in the last four. 🚨 Upset Alert 🚨 Dan Evans scores a thrilling three-set win over 2018 #DBOpen champion Frances Tiafoe to book...

Evans sails into Delray quarters while Norrie falls after epic clash in Rio

Dan Evans eased into the quarter-finals in Delray Beach but Cameron Norrie lost a three-hour battle at the Rio Open. Dan Evans followed up his victory over defending champion Frances Tiafoe by beating Lloyd Harris for the loss of only two games to reach the quarter-finals of the Delray Beach Open. The 28-year-old has had a strong start to the season as he continues to work his way back towards the top 100 less than a year after returning from a one-year ban for cocaine use. Evans edged a tight contest against American Tiafoe in round one on Tuesday but was utterly dominant in a 6-0 6-2 win over South African Harris and will face sixth seed Andreas Seppi for a place in the last four. 🚨 Upset Alert 🚨 Dan Evans scores a thrilling three-set win over 2018 #DBOpen champion Frances Tiafoe to book...

Evans sails into Delray quarters while Norrie falls after epic clash

Dan Evans eased into the quarter-finals in Delray Beach but Cameron Norrie lost a three-hour battle at the Rio Open. Dan Evans followed up his victory over defending champion Frances Tiafoe by beating Lloyd Harris for the loss of only two games to reach the quarter-finals of the Delray Beach Open. The 28-year-old has had a strong start to the season as he continues to work his way back towards the top 100 less than a year after returning from a one-year ban for cocaine use. Evans edged a tight contest against American Tiafoe in round one on Tuesday but was utterly dominant in a 6-0 6-2 win over South African Harris and will face sixth seed Andreas Seppi for a place in the last four. 🚨 Upset Alert 🚨 Dan Evans scores a thrilling three-set win over 2018 #DBOpen champion Frances Tiafoe to book...

Fed Cup captain Keothavong says GB deserve home tie in World Group II play-off

Great Britain Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong is desperate for another home tie when the World Group II play-off draw is made on Tuesday. Britain booked their place in April’s tie thanks to a drama-filled Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 play-off win over Serbia on Saturday. Johanna Konta recovered from collapsing midway through her singles match with Aleksandra Krunic to seal a 2-0 win in the best-of-three encounter after Katie Boulter had put GB 1-0 up. “I don’t even remember how the last point finished. All I remember is that the ball didn’t come back and I was overcome with emotion” A feeling like no other for @BritishTennis‘s @JohannaKonta 😊 pic.twitter.com/HcOsMuCkyy — Fed Cup (@FedCup) February 9, 2019 Konta, who said she had an out-of-body experience, spent over 1...

Konta overcomes health scare to send Great Britain into Fed Cup play-offs

Johanna Konta miraculously led Great Britain to Fed Cup success after she recovered from collapsing midway through her decisive match with Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic. With a place in the World Group II play-off on the line, Konta looked to be down and out after losing the second set, having spent almost 10 hours on court over the last four days, and a deciding rubber seemed certain. She needed to steady herself on her chair before falling to her hands and knees on her way off court, where she was helped by volunteers and paramedics. But the British number one returned to court seven minutes later after a medical assessment and produced a spirited comeback to earn a 7-6 (1) 3-6 6-2 win, which sealed a 2-0 success in the best-of-three tie. At the end of the match she was in tears and was joi...

Boulter and Konta revelling in Fed Cup as Great Britain see off Hungary

The Katie Boulter and Johanna Konta show continued in the Fed Cup as they booked Great Britain’s place in the Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 play-off against Serbia on Saturday. The British pair both won their third successive singles match of the week in Bath to hand their country a victory in the winner-takes-all Pool A tie against Hungary. They had to show all of their brilliant fighting spirit as they won three-set marathons, having both been a break down in the deciding sets. Stunning way to win an incredible match by @JohannaKonta! We’ll do it all again tomorrow and you can watch on @BritishTennis Facebook and with @btsport pic.twitter.com/Kpsanj8IUg — British Tennis (@BritishTennis) February 8, 2019 Boulter had to battle hard past Dalma Galfi winning a deciding set tie-break, whil...

Greece furious with line calls after Great Britain continue fine Fed Cup form

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”. Katie Boulter has won both her matches in Bath (David Davies/PA) Boulter’s opponent Valentini Grammatikopoulou also suggested the home judges were not playing fair as the matter cast a shadow over what was a thrilling tie. Boulter delivered another opening win as she battled hard to triumph 6-3 4-6 6-3 befo...

Katie Boulter loving life representing Great Britain in the Fed Cup

Katie Boulter is getting the taste of delivering huge wins for Great Britain in the Fed Cup after she got their tie with Greece off to the perfect start, though it came in controversial circumstances. Having won her first singles match in the victorious tie over Slovenia on Wednesday, she again opened up with a win, beating Valentini Grammatikopoulou 6-3 4-6 6-3. But the Greek and her captain Anastasios Bavelas surrounded umpire Evelina Oehme three times in the final set, with the pair unhappy at several line calls. Grammatikopoulou later called Oehme “not so good” and said she would have preferred to lose nice. Boulter was able to stay calm, undeterred by what was happening at the other side of the net and saw out a tough encounter to send her country 1-0 up. “This whole...

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