By Ros Satar at the Copper Box Arena, in London
- Katie Boulter def. Zarina Diyas 6-7(1) 6-4 6-1
- Great Britain are promoted to World Group II and are in the Top 16 nations
LONDON, ENGLAND – It was a day for the comeback queens as Katie Boulter came from a set down to beat Zarina Diyas in three sets to send Great Britain back into the World’s elite.
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Katie Boulter def. Zarina Diyas 6-7(1) 6-4 6-1
British No. 2 Katie Boulter overcame not only an injury niggle, the devastating disappointment of her loss on Saturday, and having to come from a set down to clinch the win as GB beat Kazakhstan 3-1.
It was a confident start by Boulter who started with a break and although she was pegged back, Boulter rallied to regain the advantage. Diyas, who was very much the heroine of the group stages made sure her presence was felt as she broke back to ensure they would battle on to a tie-break. Running away with it, Diyas put the Kazakhs ahead.
Boulter battened down the hatches, and although she was broken early in the second set, she kept her nerve to come right back at Diyas, before going on to break for the second set. The momentum was firmly with the Brit as once more, she coasted to a lead on the decider, and this time, it was indeed third time’s the charm as she sent GB into the World Group on her third match point.
She told reporters: “I knew if I was mentally strong today then I could through everything, so that was just something to help me get through it.”
She was at the same stage yesterday with three match points, so had that started to weigh on her mind?
“It’s what we have to do. It’s part of tennis, we all have good days and bad days. Again I’m going to fight and get up for the next match no matter what the circumstances are. I’m proud of myself today, bouncing back like I did. Without everyone around me I really don’t think I would have done as well so I’m really appreciative of that.”
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Strength in Depth
For Anne Keothavong it is not only a special achievement to be the captain to get GB over the line, and in her home town to boot, but it is something she never got to achieve as a player (alongside Konta and Watson as team mates), but with two younger team-mates in the side for both ties, and plenty of youngsters coming up, it is time to revel in the strength in depth developing in Britain.
Keothavong said: ‘Every day this week I’ve told each and every one of them ‘be ready, be ready’ because anything can happen. Yeah, we saw Katie struggle a little bit yesterday, Heather & Harriet were out early on the practice court preparing for what could have been a singles or a doubles today.
“I see it as a luxury to have options in the team. I think everyone would have been ready whatever decision had been made.”
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