Fed Cup: Heather Watson & Johanna Konta help Great Britain to win over Latvia

Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta missed the Fed Cup in 2016 because of injury

Heather Watson and Johanna Konta led Great Britain to a second successive 3-0 win at the Fed Cup in Estonia.

World number 72 Watson beat Latvia's Diana Marcinkevica 6-3 6-0, before world number 10 Konta defeated 35th-ranked Jelena Ostapenko 6-2 6-3.

Jocelyn Rae and Laura Robson then saw off Daniela Vismane and Marcinkevica 6-0 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 in the doubles.

Britain beat Portugal 3-0 on Wednesday, and top the group going in to their final match against Turkey on Friday.

Victory would guarantee their place in the promotion play-offs on Saturday, when they would face the winners of Pool B.

"We knew that Latvia was going to be a strong team," said Konta. "It's never easy and a lot of players raise their level in Fed Cup. The scoreline doesn't suggest it was as difficult as it felt.

"I'm really enjoying it. I didn't get the chance to play it last year so from the very beginning of the season I was clear that I wanted it to be part of my schedule."

Fed Cup format

Unlike the men's team competition, the Davis Cup, which has a World Group of 16 nations, the Fed Cup divides its top teams into two groups of eight - World Group I and World Group II.

The 91 nations outside the top tiers are divided into three regional zones and Britain have one chance per year to escape - a format that hugely frustrated former captain Judy Murray.

The Europe/Africa Group I event, which this year takes place in Estonia, has 14 teams divided into groups, with Poland, Croatia, Britain and Serbia the seeded nations.

Four group winners will progress to promotion play-offs on Saturday, and two nations will then qualify for World Group II play-offs in April - which could see Britain given a home Fed Cup tie for the first time since 1993.

They fell at the same stage in 2012 and 2013 - away ties in Sweden and Argentina - under the captaincy of Judy Murray.

FED CUP EUROPE/AFRICA GROUP I
POOL APOOL BPOOL CPOOL D
PolandCroatiaGreat BritainSerbia
GeorgiaHungaryTurkeyIsrael
AustriaBosnia/HerzegovinaLatviaBulgaria
PortugalEstonia

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