Great Britain won the final tie of a memorable week, beating Serbia 2-0, and thus earned a Fed Cup World Group play-off in April. But that bald statement hardly begins to cover the drama of another intense and emotional night at the University of Bath.
In extraordinary scenes, Johanna Konta collapsed at the side of the court after dropping the second set to Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic. The incident was reminiscent of her similar breakdown at the US Open in 2016, although the conditions in these indoor courts were hardly as gruelling as New York’s stifling heat.
“I started progressively feeling more and more unwell,” said Konta afterwards. “Light-headed, feeling shaky, feeling a little bit out of body. It got the better of me at the end of the second set. I tried not to panic.”
As the crisis overcame her, Konta fell to her knees in the passageway beside one of the stands, and was locked there in position for a minute or so while the British team came to her aid. She then underwent a medical assessment before returning to the court after roughly seven minutes away. Remarkably, she won the next seven points in a rush, perhaps because Krunic was as bewildered by the situation as everybody else.