Great Britain booked their place into the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs after Heather Watson and Johanna Konta's spirited performance earned a 2-1 victory over Croatia.
WTA Staff

TALLINN, Estonia - Great Britain are through to the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs after a nerve-wracking tie against Croatia, with Heather Watson and Johanna Konta emerging victorious in the deciding doubles rubber.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic," team captain Anne Keothavong told the LTA after the tie. "It's been a real emotional rollercoaster, but the way the girls performed today and throughout the whole week, I'm just so proud of them.

"It wasn't easy today against Croatia with it coming down to the deciding doubles. It was so tight, everyone was on the edge of their seats. But they fought their hearts out and played with so much passion out there. I'm so proud of them."

Heather Watson

Watson, who didn't drop a set all week long against Turkey, Latvia and Portugal, kept her streak intact against Croatia as well, sweeping past Donna Vekic 6-2, 6-4 in the hour-and-20-minute opener.

But with Great Britain one win away from clinching the tie, 19-year-old Ana Konjuh stunned World No.10 Konta to keep Croatia alive, 6-4, 6-3.

A last-minute team change by team captain Keothavong had Watson and Konta back out on court for the deciding doubles rubber, replacing the undefeated Jocelyn Rae and Laura Robson against Konjuh and Darija Jurak.

Johanna Konta

Konjuh and Jurak took the opening set in just 26 minutes against to earn a lead against the British pair, but they rallied back to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory to book Britain's spot in April's World Group II play-offs.

"It's safe to say we are all very happy," Watson said to the LTA, grinning with her teammates afterwards. "That was really tough, all of our matches today were. Croatia are a strong country, and I think we all played great tennis all the way from start to finish."

Konta added, "It was tough going back out after having lost my singles rubber, but having all the girls supporting me - Laura and Jocelyn, they made a lot of noise courtside - it helped.

"And we can't forget all those other ties before this one. The fact that we were able to win our group undefeated, that's a massive achievement for us."

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