Could this week’s epic Fed Cup drama at Bath University be the beginning of a similar climb to the one Leon Smith and Andy Murray oversaw in the Davis Cup, from the depths of Europe/Africa Zone Group II in 2010 to the title five years later?
OK, so setting out to lift the Fed Cup might seem a little ambitious at this stage. But if Johanna Konta and Katie Boulter continue to perform with the same skill and heart that carried them to eight successive singles wins in Bath, you never know what could happen.
First, though, British captain Anne Keothavong is praying to land a home tie at Tuesday’s Fed Cup draw – a privilege that her team has surely earned through sustained effort and determination.
This week’s unbeaten run represents the fifth time that Great Britain have emerged from the piranha-infested waters of the Euro/Africa Zone Group Zone 1 qualifiers in the space of eight years. Unfortunately, they failed to win the ensuing promotional play-off to the World Group on all four occasions, mainly because they were drawn away each time.
“Surely, the odds now [would be on GB’s side],” said Keothavong on Saturday, even though a mathematician might reply that a coin still has the same chance of landing heads no matter how many previous tosses fell that way.