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‘Proud’ Keothavong

‘Proud’ Keothavong
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DEBUTING captain Anne Keothavong has declared Š—“IŠ—Èm just so proudŠ— as she led Great Britain into the World Group 11 playoffs in April by overcoming Croatia 2-1 in Estonia.

Jo Konta and Heather Watson beat Ana Konjuh and Darija Jurak 4-6 6-4 6-3 in a nerve-jangling decider.

It was so tight, everyone was on the edge of their seats

The Brits were both broken in the first three games before losing the opening set.

And Konta suffered an ankle problem which required medical attention in the second set. The third set saw the first four games go against the serve.

Watson had defeated Donna Vekic 6-2 6-4 to put GB in front before British No.1 Konta fell 6-4 6-3 to Konjuh.

Keothavong said: Š—“IŠ—Èm absolutely ecstatic. It’s been a real emotional rollercoaster, but the way the girls performed and throughout the whole week, I’m just so proud of them.

“It was so tight, everyone was on the edge of their seats. But they fought their hearts out and played with so much passion. I’m so proud of them.”

* Quotes from the BBC

About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for more than 20 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one coming out on Pitch Publishing in September called ‘Glory Glory Lane’, about the 118-year history of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

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