Great Britain end 26-year wait as they return to Fed Cup World Group II

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Great Britain have returned to the Fed Cup World Group II after beating Kazakhstan in their promotion qualifier at London’s Copper Box Arena.

Katie Boulter was the player to seal the deal for the hosts as she overturned a first-set deficit to beat Zarina Diyas and earn Great Britain the unassailable 3-1 lead.

Johanna Konta gave Team GB a 2-1 lead in the tie earlier in the day as she also produced a comeback win to beat Yulia Putintseva 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Boulter then had the chance to finish the rubber and she got the job done with a 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 6-1 win in two hours 13 minutes.

Boulter looked set for defeat when Diyas broke in game three, but the 22-year-old hit back in the next game and then claimed the crucial break in game 10.

The result sees Great Britain win promotion to the World Group II for the first time since 1993.

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