Fed Cup: Britain's women lose to Turkey in group stage qualifier

Heather Watson
Heather Watson lost in three sets in her Fed Cup qualifier against Turkey's Cagla Buyukakcay

Great Britain have been beaten by Turkey in the Fed Cup qualifying competition in Budapest.

Heather Watson lost 6-2 3-6 7-5 to Cagla Buyukakcay and Johanna Konta was beaten 6-3 7-6 (8-6) by Ipek Soylu .

Anna Smith and Jocelyn Rae won their doubles match against Basak Eraydin and Pemra Ozgen 6-2 6-1.

GB must beat Ukraine on Friday to top their group and set up a play-off on Saturday to get through to the 16-team World Group II play-offs.

Team captain Judy Murray is targeting a decisive victory against Ukraine in order to recover the damage.

She said: "The Turkish girls really raised their level. But they were both winnable matches for us.

"Jo had two set points in the second set and didn't manage to get them. Perhaps if she'd got that set she might have managed to find a way to pull the win out.

"Heather did a good job after a slow start and just fell away at the end. I know she was very disappointed to lose that match.

"If we win 3-0 tomorrow against Ukraine we will win the group, which has to be our goal."

They won their opening group match 3-0 against Liechtenstein on Wednesday.

If Britain win Group B, they will play the country who top Group C, likely to be Belarus.

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