Konta maintains cool to level Fed Cup tie after suspension in play
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Konta maintains cool to level Fed Cup tie after suspension in play

22 April 2017 / 20:56

Great Britain are all square in their Fed Cup World Group II play-off tie with Romania after an eventful first day against Romania.

Heather Watson had opened the tie first up, playing the opening singles rubber against Simona Halep where she lost out in straight sets, 6-4 6-1.

Attention then turned to British number one Johanna Konta who was tasked with levelling the tie, something she eventually did against Sorna Cirstea – but not before a controversial incident which saw play suspended.

The world number seven had taken the first set 6-2 before the match was temporarily suspended with Konta 3-1 down.

It came after Romania captain Illie Nastase was sent off for swearing at the umpire, Konta and Great Britain captain Anne Keothavong.

After a 25-minute break, play resumed with Konta showing great composure to win five games in a row and round off the win 6-2 6-3.

That levelled the tie a 1-1 ahead of Sunday’s two singles, and doubles rubber.

The International Tennis Federation is investigating Nastase's conduct while the Lawn Tennis Association released a statement about the incident.

"There is no place in sport for that type of behaviour, it's not acceptable and the integrity of the sport must always be paramount,” it read.

"We will be submitting an official complaint to the ITF after this tie and expect a full investigation into the actions by the Romanian Captain."

Nastase has had his accreditation withdrawn for the remaining of the tie, meaning he will not be in attendance on Sunday.

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