Britain open with Latvia win

  • Last Updated: February 6 2014, 20:49 GMT

Great Britain defeated Latvia 2-1 in their Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I match in Budapest on Wednesday.

Watson is all smiles with captain Judy Murray
Watson is all smiles with captain Judy Murray

Heather Watson gave the British team, captained by Judy Murray, the perfect start to the Group B round-robin encounter by seeing off 16-year-old Jelena Ostapenko 7-5 6-1.

Sydney-born Johanna Konta then completed the job with a nail-biting 6-3 4-6 7-5 victory over Diana Marcinkevica in the second singles meeting, coming back from 5-2 down in the final set and saving a match point at 5-4.

Watson and Jocelyn Rae teamed up to contest the dead-rubber doubles and, despite a promising start, ended up on the wrong end of a three-set defeat as Marcinkevica and Ostapenko ran out 1-6 7-5 7-6 (7/5) winners. This time it was the British team who missed a match point before losing.

Britain - one of 16 teams in Budapest this week aiming to clinch a play-off tie for a place in World Group II, but doing so without the services of British number one Laura Robson due to a wrist injury - next face Romania on Friday and then hosts Hungary on Saturday.

The Romanians, who beat Hungary on Wednesday, are the team to beat in the group as they boast two players ranked inside the world's top 30, namely Simona Halep and Sorana Cirstea.

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