Katie Boulter was unable to rise to the event like she has so typically prior to now as Nice Britain went 1-0 behind of their opening Billie Jean King Cup Finals group tie towards Kazakhstan.
British quantity three Boulter began effectively however opponent Yulia Putintseva fought again to win 4-6 6-3 6-2.
Harriet Dart, Britain’s main participant in Emma Raducanu’s absence, performs Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina subsequent.
Hosts Britain will lose the best-of-three tie in Glasgow if Dart is overwhelmed.
If world quantity 98 Dart beats the Grand Slam winner, who’s ranked twenty second, then the tie can be settled by the doubles match.
Doubles specialists Olivia Nicholls and Alicia Barnett have been picked by British captain Anne Keothavong and are set to make their debuts within the occasion. The doubles rubber remains to be performed even when the tie has been settled because the consequence could but have a bearing on the ultimate group standings.
The Finals options 12 groups cut up throughout 4 teams, with the winners of the round-robin stage going via to the semi-finals.
Britain’s uphill activity made even tougher
Britain didn’t qualify for the Finals after dropping to the Czech Republic in April, as a substitute being given a spot because the host nation when Glasgow was awarded the occasion.
Keothavong’s workforce are ranked under Group C rivals Spain and Kazakhstan, leaving them with an uphill activity made steeper by the absence of star participant Raducanu.
The 2021 US Open champion was dominated out by a wrist damage, however the hosts hoped Boulter – who had gained seven of her eight earlier singles matches within the occasion – would assist fill the void.
Boulter is a participant who thrives on the large event, illustrated this 12 months by her victory over former world primary Karolina Pliskova at Wimbledon, in addition to her spectacular report whereas representing Nice Britain.
That appeared to be a well-recognized plotline as she began confidently towards Putintseva.
However the 26-year-old pale within the second set, and likewise wanted remedy for what she described as a “tight” calf within the decider, because the Kazakh fought again to the delight of her nation’s noisy touring band of followers.
An aggressive begin from Boulter, who broke twice for 2-1 with out the Kazakh profitable some extent on her serve, proved key within the first set.
The second set turned in Putintseva’s favour when she confirmed resilience and high quality to win two lengthy factors on the way in which to breaking for a 4-2 lead.
After serving out to stage, the world quantity 51 maintained the momentum and broke twice for 4-0 within the deciding set earlier than confidently wrapping up a significant win.