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Konta beats Nara to level Fed Cup tie

Konta was never behind in her opening match in the Bourbon Beans Dome which saw her take a comfortable 6-4 6-2 victory over Nara. Credit: PA

Konta was never behind in her opening match in the Bourbon Beans Dome which saw her take a comfortable 6-4 6-2 victory over Nara.

The British number one got off to a flying start and broke her opponent's serve in the opening game, only to be forced to save three break points herself before holding to take a 2-0 lead.

Konta needed a second serve ace to hold in game four for a 3-1 lead, before having to work hard again to win game eight and take a 5-3 lead, forcing Nara to serve to stay in the first set.

Nara was able to do that but Konta came through when she finally took the next game on a fourth set point to win the opener 6-4 when Nara hit a forehand wide.

Nara made a slow start to the second set as she suffered her second service break of the match in the opening game, a powerful backhand return giving Konta a second break point which she took as her opponent double-faulted.

Konta dug deep to save two break points on her own serve in game two before an ace earned her a 2-0 lead as the second set looked like a repeat of the first.

Konta upped the pressure in game three to claim a second break for a 3-0 lead, only for Nara to break back in game four. But Konta broke again to lead 5-2 and then served out for a 6-4 6-2 victory to level the tie.

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Aguero out for the rest of the season after knee operation

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has announced that Sergio Aguero's club season is over. Credit: PA

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has announced that Sergio Aguero's club season is over.

The Argentinian has undergone a minor knee operation and Guardiola, whose side secured the Premier League title last Sunday, said he would be sidelined for four to five weeks at his press conference on Friday.

Aguero is City's top scorer with 30 goals in all competitions. The injury does not appear to him rule him out of Argentina's World Cup campaign.

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