16-year-old Katie Swan defeated a player eight years older and almost 200 places above her in the WTA Rankings in the first rubber of the Fed Cup tie between Great Britain and Georgia to help Britain on their way to a playoff tomorrow against Belgium.
Heather Watson secured the win with a straight sets victory over Georgian Number Two Sofia Shapatava before the British pairing of Anna Smith and Jocelyn Rae lost the dead doubles rubber to give Britain a 2-1 victory.
But Swan was again the story of the day, securing a quite incredible 6-3 6-3 victory of Ekaterine Gorgodze to give Britain a huge advantage, and with Heather Watson far outranking her singles opponent, it was a foregone conclusion when Watson emerged 6-2 6-0 victor over Shapatava to tie up the victory.
Shapatava returned to the court in doubles action to exact slight revenge on the Brits, as the Georgian’s beat Rae and Smith 6-2 6-4, but it did little to dampen British spirits as they go through to a playoff as winners of Pool C, where they will face Pool D winners Belgium.
The winner of that match gets the chance to qualify for the World Group II in a playoff in April.