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Fed Cup home tie would be a dream, says GB captain Anne Keothavong

Out of body: Konta collapsed but won PICTURE: REX

GREAT Britain Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong is desperate for another home tie when the World Group II play-off draw is made tomorrow.

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.

Defiant Johanna Konta recovered from collapsing midway through her singles match with Aleksandra Krunic to win 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-2 and clinch the the best-of-three duel after Katie Boulter had put Britain 1-0 up.

Optimistic: Keothavong PICTURE: GETTY

Konta, who said she had an out-of-body experience, spent over ten hours on court over the space of the four-day tournament at the University of Bath as she and Boulter both won all of their singles matches. Their success was aided by the partisan support in what was Britain’s first home Fed Cup tie since 1993.

April’s event will be their fifth World Group II play-off since 2012 and the previous four ties have all been away.

Having seen what difference a home crowd can make, Keothavong is hoping the draw is kind and said: ‘Weeks like this no one will forget, and it makes a huge difference. We do deserve a home tie. The girls deserve it, that’s what they want, I don’t care who we’re up against.

‘If we can field a fit and strong team and play in front of such a supportive crowd, then it makes the week even more special.’

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