Brits fight in Fed Cup
GREAT BRITAIN are level at 1-1 with Kazakhstan after a dramatic opening day of their Fed Cup play-off.
The tie at London’s Copper Box Arena remains in the balance after Katie Boulter (above) was unable to follow Johanna Konta in delivering a victory.
Boulter lost to Kazakh No.1 Yulia Putintseva in the second rubber, despite having three match points.
Boulter was unable to serve out the victory at 5-2 TAZ MACKENZIE yesterday scorched to the fastest-ever lap of the Silverstone National circuit to take his firstever British Superbike Championship pole.
The tiny McAMS Yamaha rider saw off a challenge from teammate Jason O’Halloran and former
Scott Redding to clock a record
53.549secs lap in the as Putintseva forced a deciding tie-break.
Boulter then led 6-4 in the tie-break only for Putintseva to save two more match points before squeezing home.
Captain Anne Keothavong said: “Katie knows she has got to come out again and we’ll do everything possible to get her to her best.”
Earlier, British No.1 Konta battled back to beat Zarina Diyas 4-6 6-3 6-2. blistering Northamptonshire heat.
Mackenzie (below) admitted he was surprised to beat O’Halloran, who had dominated two of the three practice sessions.
He said: “I didn’t expect that as I’ve been struggling a bit.”