Johanna Konta held her nerve to secure victory for Great Britain over Slovenia in their first home Fed Cup tie for 26 years.


Britain’s world number 39 saved three set points in a tense first-set tie-break, before eventually beating Dalila Jakupovic 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 in Bath.

Katie Boulter had given Great Britian a winning start by overcoming Kaja Juvan 6-4 6-2.

It meant GB had an unassailable lead before Harriet Dart and Katie Swan won the doubles rubber for a 3-0 victory.

GB, who are bidding to reach the World Group II play-offs for a third consecutive year, face Greece in their next Group A match today Thursday.

There are eight teams – split into two groups – taking part in the Europe/Africa round-robin event in Bath between Wednesday and Saturday, with only one side able to progress to April’s play-off event to fight for promotion to the second tier.

They received rapturous support throughout the evening despite a relatively late finish.