Fed Cup - Watson, Konta get GB off to winning start

Great Britain’s quest to secure a Fed Cup World Group II play-off tie got off to the perfect start as Heather Watson and Johanna Konta both claimed wins to secure an unassailable 2-0 lead over Latvia.

Konta reeled off five games on the spin to comeback from 5-2 in the deciding set and beat Diana Marcinkevica 6-3 4-6 7-5.

Earlier, Watson had beaten Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets.

A topsy-turvy opening set saw the pair exchange numerous breaks with Watson eventually edging it, before the British number two settled and blitzing her way through the second to win 7-5 6-1.

Britain is one of 17 nations competing in Budapest for a play-off tie in the Fed Cup World Group II.

The GB team consists of Watson, Konta, Tara Moore and Jocelyn Rae after Laura Robson withdrew with a wrist injury.

The first phase is a round-robin format – Britain and Latvia joined by Hungary and Romania in Group B – with only the group winners progressing to the next round.