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By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Heather Watson

    Well, it wasn't to be for Great Britain's Fed Cup team. They battled hard, produced moments of great tennis, but ultimately came up short. Agonisingly short.

    You can read again how it happened here, also the place where will bring you all the reaction from the GB team when we get it.

    And keep an eye on our tennis index later for our Anne Keothavong column, plus a report on the Monte Carlo Masters final. Can Kei Nishikori stop Rafael 'The King of Clay' Nadal? Hmmm, we're not sure he can...

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    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent in Miki

    That’s the fourth time in seven years Britain have fallen at the final hurdle and so will play in the Europe/Africa Group I again next year. They were beaten by the better team in the doubles - Kato and Ninomiya served impressively in that deciding set, and neither Konta nor Watson were at their best. Sport can be cruel, and Watson seemed very emotional as the Japanese team celebrated.

  3. GB lose to Japan

    GB miss out on Fed Cup promotion

    Here's how a thrilling tie panned out....

    Heather Watson 2-6 3-6 Naomi Osaka

    GB 0-1 Japan

    Johanna Konta 6-4 6-2 Kurumi Nara

    GB 1-1 Japan

    Johanna Konta 6-3 6-3 Naomi Osaka

    GB 2-1 Japan

    Heather Watson 6-7 (7-9) 4-6 Kurumi Nara

    GB 2-2 Japan

    Johanna Konta/Heather Watson 6-3 3-6 3-6 Miyu Kato/Makoto Ninomiya

    GB 2-3 Japan

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    GB 6-3 3-6 3-6 Japan

    Some on-court interviews are being conducted with the winning doubles pair. Unfortunately my Japanese is a little sketchy so I'm not sure what they're saying.

    We're so happy. We had to fight until the very last ball. Etc, etc.

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    GB 6-3 3-6 3-6 Japan

    That's the fourth time in seven years that Great Britain has fallen at this hurdle and they will compete in the Europe Africa zone again next year.

    I'd imagine it's going to be a long flight back to Blighty for Anne Keothavong and her team.

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    GB 6-3 3-6 3-6 Japan

    Joyous scenes for the Japanese. Makoto Ninomiya and Miyu Kato, along with star player Naomi Osaka on the sideline, break out into beaming smiles as the Bourbon Beans Dome celebrates in unison. Apart from that corner of British red, white and blue of course...

  7. Game, set and match

    GB 6-3 3-6 3-6 Japan

    Heartbreak for Great Britain. Japan are promoted to the World Group of the Fed Cup. Britain's 25-year wait goes on...

    Japan earn a third match point and this time they take it in style. Jo Konta's second serve is seized upon by Makoto Ninomiya, who slices apart Konta and Watson with a perfectly-timed forehand return winner.

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    *GB 6-3 3-6 3-5 (40-40) Japan

    This is too much to take. The British hang on for dear life, saving two match points as Kato pumps one long...

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    *GB 6-3 3-6 3-5 (15-40) Japan

    The Japanese go 30-15 ahead, no, make that 40-15 as Konta's crouching forehand goes agonisingly long.

    Two match points for Japan. Two TIE points for Japan...

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    *GB 6-3 3-6 3-5 (15-15) Japan

    First blood to Japan as they go 15-0 ahead thanks to Kato's forehand - and a huge chunk of the net-cord. The British level before Konta has a moan to the umpire about something or other...

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    *GB 6-3 3-6 3-5 Japan

    Anne Keothavong crouches down in front of her players, delivering a team-talk that needs to be of Sir Alex Ferguson proportions.

    Konta and Watson can't get near the Ninomiya serve, however, Konta lamping a forehand long on game point.

    A comfortable hold for the hosts and now Konta must serve out to make Japan serve out the tie.

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    Mel South

    Former GB Fed Cup tennis player

    Britain broke twice in the first set and once in the second set so they can do it. Mix up the returns and be ready at the net.

  13. Japan break

    GB 6-3 3-6 3-4 Japan*

    Britain save one of those break points when Ninomiya goes long with a forehand. Can they save the second? No! Konta can't pick up a net volley and the Japanese celebrate.

    Japan take the first break of the final deciding set of the match. The final deciding set of the tie. Of the Fed Cup campaign...

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    *GB 6-3 3-6 3-3 Japan

    This match has more swings and roundabouts then your local kids' playground. Again it is Japan's turn to take another good look at the British serve, 15-30 becoming 15-40 when Konta can't return a net volley to safety.

    Two break points for Japan...

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    *GB 6-3 3-6 3-3 Japan

    A glimpse of an opening for GB at 15-30... that disappears when Ninomiya converts an instinctive net volley and the home team go on to hold when Konta goes long with two defensive returns from deep. The very definition of a gutsy hold right there.

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    Mel South

    Former GB Fed Cup tennis player

    Unbelievable effort from Konta, showing the desire that she has to tough it out in that game.

  17. GB save four break points to hold

    GB 6-3 3-6 3-2 Japan*

    Japan rack up another break point... then they try to target Watson at the net. She holds firm and when Kato switches focuses onto Konta, the Japanese player can't execute the backhand and finds the net.

    Britain fight back to game point... this would be a massive hold... they've got it. Ninomiya's shoulders slump south as she lumps a forehand into the net.

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    *GB 6-3 3-6 2-2 Japan

    Make that three break points saved for Great Britain. The Japanese go long down the backhand side and we're into deuce...

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    *GB 6-3 3-6 2-2 Japan

    Japan have just stuck their foot on the gas. They earn three break points at 40-0, Konta saving one with a super second serve that goes way out wide.

    Then Kato cracks one into the net from the baseline. Two down, one to go...

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    *GB 6-3 3-6 2-2 Japan

    This is like the final round of a heavyweight boxing scrap now. Both know the bell is coming and both want a knockout.

    All four players are swinging at the ball freely, Konta's burning backhand putting Britain in the mix at 40-30, only for Watson's long forehand from the back of the court to end the game.