Konta defends herself after Britain lose Davis Cup tie in Romania
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Konta defends herself after Britain lose Davis Cup tie in Romania

24 April 2017 / 11:18

Johanna Konta denied claims she overreacted to the alleged abuse she suffered on the first day of Great Britain's Fed Cup defeat against Romania.

The Brits lost 3-2 in what was a World Cup Group II play-off on the clay in Constanta as they fell just short of reaching the World Group in the competition for the first time since 1993.

Konta was defeated 6-1 6-3 by Simona Halep in what was a clash of two of the top ten players in the world on Sunday morning, meaning Heather Watson had to win her rubber against Irina-Carmelia Begu.

Despite a spirited performance against an opponent ranked 80 places above her, Watson was unable to defy the odds, as she eventually lost 6-4 7-5 to give Romania an unassailable 3-1 lead in the tie.

But it was the controversy from Saturday for which the tie will be remembered for, after Romania captain Ilie Nastase was banished from the stadium for allegedly using abusive language towards his British counterpart Anne Keothavong, Konta and the match referee.

The match between Konta and Sorana Cirstea was suspended with Konta visibly upset with what had happened before she eventually won 6-2 6-3, but her opponent claimed her tears were an overreaction.

Konta said: "With all due respect to Sorana, she was not in my shoes at that end of the court being verbally threatened. Any abuse is not alright.

"But when it's a couple of metres away from you, screaming at you, I think that's a different ball game.

"It's not something that you truly know how it affects you until you experience it, so I do believe she may have been slightly unaware of the events that happened."

British number one Konta had a tough time of things against Halep on what is the world number five's favourite surface, as the first set was wrapped up in just 27 minutes.

Konta broke early in the second as she took a 3-1 lead, but Halep gave a classy display in winning five games on the spin to take the match.

Watson then fought hard in the second set against Begu, as she hit back from an earlier break to level it at 5-5, but she immediately lost her serve again before her opponent closed the match out.

In what was a dead rubber, Laura Robson and Jocelyn Rae then won their doubles match against Halep and Monica Niculescu 6-3 1-6 10-8.

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