Brits fight in Fed Cup

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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

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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.”

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