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Great Britain secure promotion to World Group after 26-year absence

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Boulter roars after winning a point

Boulter produced a heroic win (Picture: Getty Images for LTA)

Great Britain will compete in the World Group of the Fed Cup for the first time since 1993 after a heroic effort from Katie Boulter clinched a 3–1 win over Kazakhstan at the Copper Box Arena.

Boulter had blown three match points on Saturday evening against Yulia Putintseva and was using a hot water bottle to target her right hip area as she attempted to be fully fit for Sundays crucial singles tie.

A set and a break down, things werent going the 22-year-olds way but she rose to the challenge to defeat Zarina Diyas 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 6-1, much to the delight of a noisy British crowd.

The result will come as great relief for GB captain Anne Keothavong, who has seen her side fall at this stage in the past two seasons, losing to Romania and Japan, but on home soil her side finally got over the line.

Keothavong cheered her team on

Keothavongs team got the job done (Picture: Getty Images)

Boulter came up trumps

Boulter secured victory (Picture: Getty Images)

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What promotion actually means for Britain is unclear. International Tennis Federation (ITF) chiefs will decide on potential format changes for the competition during this years French Open. Its understood that a new 12-team World Cup style event is one of the options on the table.

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Regardless, the British contingent were focused on ensuring they remained in control of their destiny and Boulters win made certain that was the case.

Top-ranked Brit Johanna Kontas role in victory cant be understated.

Konta cheering on

Konta secured the win (Picture: Getty Images)

Britain v Kazakhstan Fed Cup results

Konta 4-6 6-3 6-2 Diyas
Putintseva 3-6 6-2 7-6 Boulter
Konta 4-6 6-2 7-5 Putintseva
Boulter 6-7 6-4 6-1DiyasRead More – Source