Team GB stalwart Heather Watson was first up and was expected to have more than enough firepower to take out Mexico’s Marcela Zacarias. It was a nervy start by both players with three breaks in the first three games before Zacarias was the first to hold.
She responded immediately once more to a Watson break, and broke the Brit to take the first set.
Watson was the one putting more pressure on in the second set, breaking for a lead, but found herself broken back as she served to level the match. Watson got a mini-break at the start of the tie-break and from there did not get a look in as Zacarias reeled off seven points on the spin to claim Mexico’s first win in the tie.
With a pause in proceedings to observe the national minute of silence and the funeral of HRH the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, it was down to Katie Boulter to pull out the win for Team GB, facing Guiliana Olmos.
The first two games were edgy, with both players facing break points, before a flurry og breaks with Boulter coming out with the advantage. She had three chances to break for the first set, with Olmos saving them and forcing Boulter to serve for the lead.
Set two saw that momentum stay firmly with Boulter who broke Olmos twice in succession at the start of the second set, and once more at the end to clinch the victory for GB.
Team Captain, Anne Keothavong had called the tie a ‘must-win’ encounter and said, after the match: We came in with high expectations and the players delivered. 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.”
Great Britain and the other winning nations from this weekend will compete in the Qualifiers in 2022 in a bid to make the 12 teams to advance to the Finals to be held later in the year.
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