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Britain suffer Fed Cup setback

Great Britain's hopes of reaching a play-off tie for a place in World Group II suffered a setback as they went down 2-1 to Romania.

Heather Watson put Britain 1-0 up before Romania's Simona Halep levelled the tie to 1-1 ahead of the doubles match in Budapest.

The 21-year-old from Guernsey saw off world number 22 Sorana Cirstea with a 6-7 (7-9) 6-1 6-4 victory on court three at Syma Event and Congress Centre.

The British team, captained by Judy Murray, recorded a 2-1 win over Latvia on Wednesday in Pool B as they kicked off their campaign, but on Friday Johanna Konta suffered a straight-sets defeat to Romanian number one 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 British number one Laura Robson due to a wrist injury.

Murray's side next face hosts Hungary on Saturday.