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Britain to face Australia in Billie Jean King Cup semis

Tennis - Billie Jean King Cup Finals - Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain - November 10, 2022 Britain's Harriet Dart celebrates with captain Anne Keothavong after winning her match in the group stage against Spain's Paula Badosa Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Tennis - Billie Jean King Cup Finals - Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain - November 10, 2022 Britain's Harriet Dart celebrates with captain Anne Keothavong after winning her match in the group stage against Spain's Paula Badosa Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Great Britain will face Australia in their first appearance in the Billie Jean King Cup semifinals for 41 years after a shock 3-0 victory over Spain on Thursday. Anne Keothavong's side needed to sweep the two singles matches and the doubles to avoid elimination at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. The hosts were heavy underdogs against the five-time champions after a crushing 3-0 defeat against Kazakhstan in their Group C opener on Tuesday. But Britain, who have never won the tournament, defied the odds thanks to Heather Watson and Harriet Dart in the singles and Alicia Barnett and Olivia Nicholls in the doubles.


Watson is 61 places below Nuria Parrizas Diaz in the WTA rankings but beat the Spaniard 6-0, 6-2.


Dart was even more impressive as she ignored a 85-place gap in the rankings to beat world number 13 Paula Badosa 6-3, 6-4.


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