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Summary

  1. GB's Laura Robson & Jocelyn Rae defeat Simona Halep & Monica Niculescu 6-3 1-6 10-8 victory
  2. Romania win the tie 3-2
  3. Heather Watson loses 6-4 7-5 to Irina-Camelia Begu
  4. Earlier Johanna Konta beaten 6-1 6-3 by Simona Halep
  5. GB fail in bid to return to elite level for first time since 1993
  6. Romania captain Nastase banned after incident that left Konta in tears

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By Louise Gwilliam

All times stated are UK

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Doubles to go ahead

So Romania have already won the tie, but GB's Jocelyn Rae and Laura Robson will take on Romania's Simona Halep and Monica Niculescu in the doubles dead rubber.

There are smiles on court from both camps as Halep goes in search of her third victory of the weekend.

It's a jovial atmosphere inside the stadium and if it's anything like the Davis Cup, you can expect trick shots and unexpected players appearing on court.

We won't be running live text commentary on this one.

But you can watch live coverage of that by clicking on the play button at the top of the page.  

So that's it from me.

A rather more enjoyable morning after yesterday's eventful day.

We were treated to some outrageous shots and brilliant tennis - the best of which will be up on the site later today.

If reports are correct, and the Watson v Begu match did end without a handshake, it's a sour way to end a controversial weekend in Constanta.

I'm sure we'll be talking about this one for a while yet.

Enjoy the rest of your sunny Sunday!

Begu's winning moment

Take a look at the moment when Begu handed Romania a 3-1 lead in the tie.

GB lose Fed Cup tie to Romania as Watson beaten

'Not a weekend we will forget'

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent in Romania

The last few games of that match were a reminder of the drama Fed Cup and Davis Cup matches usually throw up. 

It is not a weekend we will forget in a hurry, but there is no doubt the best team won. 

The zonal competition of Euro Africa Zone 1 beckons once again for the British team in February next year. It is a routine they are tiring of.

Sunday singles

After an eventful Saturday, Sunday was a rather more straight forward affair for Romania.

World number five Simona Halep beat GB's world number seven Johanna Konta 6-1 6-3 to put Romania 2-1 in front. 

Irina-Camelia Begu then saw off Heather Watson 6-4 7-5 to hand Romania victory.

There were still issues with the crowd - who were repeatedly told by the chair umpire to quieten down during points - but GB were simply beaten by a better side.

Watson 4-6 5-7 Begu

Mel South

Former GB Fed Cup tennis player

I don't think it will be long before Britain get back to the World Group somehow or other. They have built such a strong team spirit in that group and Anne Keothavong has stepped into the role of captain superbly.

Hopefully next year they can have a slightly kinder draw.

Watson 4-6 5-7 Begu

Commentator Peter Odgers on BBC Sport coverage: Begu wins the battle for Romania as they head back into the World Group. It is not third time lucky for Great Britain, but they can be proud of how they performed in a tie they were always underdogs in.

You couldn't have asked much more from Heather Watson on Begu's favoured surface.

Watson 4-6 5-7 Begu

Heather Watson gave that absolutely everything in difficult circumstances.

There wasn't much between them - despite almost 80 ranking places separating the pair.

But it's Romania who move back into the world group, as GB's attempt to escape the zonal group comes to an end.

Game, set and match

Watson 4-6 5-7 Begu

And that's that.

Begu holds her final service game to take the match - and hand Romania an unassailable 3-1 lead in the tie.

Begu celebrates
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Match point for Begu

Watson 4-6 5-6 Begu

Watson is agonisingly close to pulling off that backhand but it's into the net and that brings up match point for Romania...

Watson 4-6 5-6 Begu

Watson finds herself 30-0 down - not a good position.

But a decent return and she's back in this game.

The Brit needs one last fight - and she might get a chance as Begu puts her first serve into the net.

And Watson is staying with Begu, she's crawled back to 30-30 as the Romanian fires a weak backhand into the net.

Watson 4-6 5-6 Begu

The Romanians are really ramping up the atmosphere in Constanta. 

Music is blaring out as the players return to the court.

Begu serving for the match, and the tie.

Romanian fans cheer on Begu
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Begu breaks

Watson 4-6 5-6 Begu*

A third break point for Begu and this time she takes it.

Romania are just one game away from winning this tie.

Watson 4-6 5-5 Begu

The Romanian comes up with the error, but a decent return foxes Watson and she brings up a second break point.

In difficult circumstances Watson fields a good second serve to get herself out of trouble.

This is nail biting stuff.

Break point Begu

Watson 4-6 5-5 Begu

This is a game of small margins.

Watson's backhand just falls the wrong side of the line and Begu has a chance to move within one game of the match.

Irina-Camelia Begu
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Watson 4-6 5-5 Begu

Some terrific tennis being played in Constanta.

Begu pulls off a wonder shot of her own with a superb backhand down the line.

And her next shot clips the line, bouncing off in an unexpected direction, which stumps Watson.

We're at deuce once again.

Watson 4-6 5-5 Begu

What a shot!

Heather Watson returns a fierce backhand with a beautiful sliced drop shot. Begu was nowhere near that one.

And it's exactly the time to be pulling off winners like that.

Watson up 30-0 in her service game.

Heather Watson
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Begu holds serve to level

Watson* 4-6 5-5 Begu

A 13th backhand winner for Begu, compared to just four for Watson, puts her in command of this game.

And she follows it up with a solid forehand to move within one point of taking the game.

And there you have it. A quick service game and we're back to 5-5.

What a hold! @HeatherWatson92 saves 3 break points for 5-4 #BackTheBrits 🇬🇧

What a hold! @HeatherWatson92 saves 3 break points for 5-4 #BackTheBrits 🇬🇧

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Watson 4-6 5-4 *Begu

Commentator Peter Odgers on BBC coverage: What character from Heather Watson. Britain prevail in that epic game. And now she is just a game away from taking this rubber to a deciding set.

Watson holds in tough service game

Watson 4-6 5-4 Begu*

And she's done it. Great character from Watson who takes that epic game.

This second set has hit the hour mark, and GB are ahead 5-4.

Watson 4-6 4-4 Begu

And just like that, Watson pulls an ace out of the bag.

She has Begu on the back foot but the Romanian's defence is too good.

Begu spins her racket this time, instead of throwing it, and she's shouting to the crowd.

This is a mammoth game at such a significant point. Whoever wins this one could well take the set.

Watson's turn now to close out the game...

Heather Watson
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Watson 4-6 4-4 Begu

Watson, under such pressure, moves her feet well up the court and takes the backhand early.

But she can't back it up. Begu's forehand is too strong for a stretching Watson and back we go again.

But Begu brings up her second break point of the game...

Watson 4-6 4-4 Begu

That's lucky.

On break point, the net goes against Begu.

Her cross-court forehand clips the top of the net and bounces out.

And she's getting frustrated out there. She sends her racket hurtling to the ground but the aggression seems to work for her.

She hits an unbelievable winner with a lovely flick down the line to save the game.

Back to deuce - another long game here.

Begu throws racket
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Watson 4-6 4-4 Begu

Not a good start to the service game for Watson, who's down 30-0.

But she finds a good winner before Begu's cross-court forehand is called out, despite the Romanian having a good old stare at it, and we're back to 30-30.

Heather Watson
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What a rally!

Here's the moment when Begu guided her lob over Watson's head to break in the second set.

Begu breaks in second set

Watson breaks straight back

Watson* 4-6 4-4 Begu

Watson has a break point of her own but the spin on Begu's drop shot makes it impossible for Watson to find a return.

But a wonderful lob from the Brit brings up a second break point of the game - and she takes it.

She moves forward at just the right time to take the ball on the volley. And a big reaction from the Brit.

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent in Romania

There has been plenty of interest in the press conference room as well as on the court in the last 45 minutes. 

Johanna Konta, who was beaten by Simona Halep in two sets this morning, has just given the BBC her response to Sorana Cirstea's suggestion that she exaggerated her tears in yesterday's match between the two.

"With all due respect to Sorana she was not in my shoes on that end of the court being verbally threatened. Any abuse is not all right, but when it's a couple of metres away from you, screaming at you, I think that's a different ball game. 

"It's not something that you truly know how it affects you until you experience it so I do believe she may have been slightly unaware of the events."

Watson 4-6 3-4 *Begu

Mel South

Former GB Fed Cup tennis player

It was superb hands from Begu to finish off the final point with a precise lob. 

Heather Watson can get within herself in the clutch points. She has to stay agressive on return in the next game. She cannot let Begu run away with the next game.

Begu breaks in second set

Watson 4-6 3-4 Begu*

What a rally.

Watson goes on the attack and hits a deft volley at the net but Begu just guides her lob over Watson's head to take the first break of the set.

The umpire is back on the court here as Watson airs her grievances with the crowd. They're getting slightly raucous during the points.

Begu breaks in second set

Begu break point

Watson 4-6 3-3 Begu

This has been a long game.

We're stuck on deuce as Watson tries to hold her serve.

And Begu gets just the slice of luck she needed there. Her shot hits the outside of the line which throws Watson off balance and the Romanian just guides a winner into the back court.

Break point for Begu.

Second set going with serve

Watson* 4-6 3-3 Begu

Good work from Begu who built that point up well, before taking it with a forehand down the line.

Another service game goes with serve. Not a single break so far in the second set.

Heather Watson takes the serve
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Watson 4-6 3-2 Begu

A great read from Watson. She makes a forehand drop shot look easy and Begu doesn't have the pace to get there.

Watson needs to win this set, and the match, to keep GB in this tie.

Watson 4-6 3-2 Begu*

But the interlude doesn't faze Watson who wins her service game to love.

And she's back in front in this second set. Good fight from the Brit.

Watson 4-6 2-2 Begu

A short pause while there is an in-depth discussion (read argument) between the chair umpire and Begu.

Begu's return looked long, and that was the call, but she's disputing it.

An inspection of the line, followed by some strong words to the Romanian camp, and the point is rightly awarded to GB.

Begu questions decision
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Watson* 4-6 2-2 Begu

That was one of the best periods of the match.

Watson does brilliantly to save the point as her lob just lands inside the lines, but Begu comes up with a fierce forehand to hold.

2-2 in the second set.

And the chair umpire is having a word with the crowd. He's asking them to contain their excitement, specifically during the points. 

Watson 4-6 2-1 Begu

Relentless power from the back of the court pins Watson behind the baseline and she's eventually played out of the point.

But the Brit earns her second break point of the game with some controlled aggression as she neatly puts away the high ball.

Begu recovers though - Watson has only taken two of eight break points - and the Romanian has a chance to wrap up this game.

Break point Watson

Watson 4-6 2-1 Begu

Watson is refusing to go away.

The Romanian is having a torrid time with her serve at the moment and a clean return from the Brit brings up the break point.

Heather Watson
BBC Sport

Watson 4-6 2-1 Begu

An aggressive start from Watson - she's really attacking Begu's second serve.

But she pulls the next shot wide as she tries to control the point.

And Begu now has the Brit on the back-foot. The Romanian's first-serve is good and she charges up the court to take the point with an easy forehand. That's 14 from 18 points won on her first serve.

But a fourth double fault of the game hands Watson a lifeline.