Billie Jean King Cup: Nice Britain’s Emma Raducanu wins in Czech Republic after Harriet Dart loses

Great Britain's Billie Jean King Cup team line up before their match in the Czech Republic


Emma Raducanu is the highest-ranked player in the British team, which also features Harriet Dart, Katie Swan, Sonay Kartal and is led by captain Anne Keothavong

Emma Raducanu won on her Billie Jean King Cup debut to haul Great Britain level with the Czech Republic and leave the qualifying tie delicately poised.

Raducanu, 19, was playing her first senior match on clay, adjusting well to the surface to win 7-5 7-5 against world number 50 Tereza Martincova.

The US Open champion levelled the best-of-five tie after Harriet Dart lost 6-1 6-0 to Marketa Vondrousova.

The nations play two singles matches on Saturday, plus a doubles if needed.

The winners will qualify for November’s finals, while the runners-up face a play-off tie the same week.

Britain are among the countries bidding to host the finals and could also still qualify as the host nation.

Following her stunning ascent in the past year, it is easy to forget how Raducanu is still a novice in terms of professional experience.

But she…