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Billie Jean King Cup: Katie Boulter seals Great Britain win against Mexico
- Updated: April 18, 2021
Great Britain moved a step closer to the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup Finals after Katie Boulter clinched victory in their play-off tie against Mexico.
With Britain leading 2-1 in the best-of-five tie, 24-year-old Boulter won 6-4 6-1 against Giuliana Olmos.
Anne Keothavong’s team progress to next year’s qualifiers, where another win will put them in the 12-team finals.
“We came in with high expectations and the players delivered,” said Keothavong.
“It is a special feeling at this stage of the competition to get a win. As a team, we haven’t been in this position too many times.
“I’m proud of all of them to get the job done.”
After Britain earned a 2-0 lead on Friday, Heather Watson had the chance to secure victory at the first time of asking earlier on Saturday.
The British number two lost 6-3 7-6 (7-1) against Mexico’s Marcela Zacarias, leaving Boulter with the task of beating Olmos to avoid the tie going to the deciding doubles rubber.
Like she did against Zacarias on Friday, Boulter grew stronger as the match wore on and eventually ran out a comfortable winner.
The Billie Jean King Cup is the new name for the Fed Cup, the women’s international team event that Britain has finished runners-up in four times but has never won.