Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group 1: Great Britain went down 2-1 to Romania
Last Updated: 08/02/14 10:58pm
Britain's Fed Cup hopes were crushed in the doubles against Romania
Heather Watson produced a hard-fought victory over Sorana Cirstea but Great Britain went down 2-1 against Romania in their Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group One match in Budapest.
After Wednesday night's opening victory against Latvia, Watson gave the British team, captained by Judy Murray, another solid start to the Group B round-robin encounter, seeing off the world No 26 Cirstea 6-7 (7-9) 6-1 6-4.
The 23-year-old took an epic opening set which lasted 62 minutes 9-7 in the tiebreak.
Cirstea saved four set points, including three in the breaker before sealing it to the frustration of her opponent.
But Watson, who has fallen to No 162 in the world rankings after a year recovering from glandular fever, showed tremendous fighting spirit to restore parity before holding her nerve to win the deciding set.
Johanna Konta suffered a straight-sets defeat to Romanian number one Simona Halep as their opponents hit back to equalise.
Sydney-born Konta was beaten 6-1 6-4 in Britain's second match of the day in Hungary.
And later, Watson and Jocelyn Rae teamed up to contest the doubles but fell to a 6-0 6-2 defeat against Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu, leaving Britain with a slim chance of going into the play-off against the Pool C winners.
Britain are one of 16 teams in Budapest this week aiming to clinch a play-off tie, but doing so without the services of Laura Robson due to a wrist injury.
Murray's side next face hosts Hungary on Saturday.