Swan was first up against Ilze Hattingh after Johanna Konta withdrew due to intestinal problems, and was replaced in the team by young Freya Christe. Swan was selected ahead of Christie by team captain Judy Murray for the first singles rubber, despite Christie being higher ranked and older, but Murray’s decision proved to be an inspired one: Swan belied her age with a quite astonishing performance, winning nine games in a row from 3-3 in the first set to clinch a 6-3 6-0 victory in less than an hour.
After the game, Swan told the Fed Cup website: “I was really excited to play but I was also a bit nervous, which was showing in the beginning, but I managed to relax after a few games and I started playing really well.”
It was down to Heather Watson in the second singles tie to secure victory for the Brits, who need three wins to qualify for the chance to earn promotion to the World Group. The British Number Two was rarely tested against Chanel Simmonds, with the Brit wrapping up a victory for Team GB with a 6-3 6-3 win.
The doubles rubber having become obsolete, it was still encouraging to see Anna Smith and Jocelyn Rae secure a 6-3 6-2 victory over the South African doubles partnership.
Tomorrow, Great Britain will play Georgia, who also defeated South Africa 3-0, and the winning team will play another group winner of the Europe/Africa Zone for a chance at promotion.