Published: Sat, November 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

World top-ranked Barty 'extremely hungry' for Fed Cup final glory

World top-ranked Barty 'extremely hungry' for Fed Cup final glory

Captain Alicia Molik on Friday gambled with Ajla Tomljanovic instead of Samantha Stosur to play singles for Australia in the Fed Cup final against France, with the debutant opening the tie against Kristina Mladenovic.

Barty will interact in Mladenovic within the to start out with reverse singles on Sunday, adopted by Tomljanovic utilizing on Garcia, although late changes may be made by the staff captains.

It was a bold move by Molik as Australia bid for a first Fed Cup title in 45 years, with Stosur a veteran of 16 years of Fed Cup action, but struggling in singles in recent times.

Benneteau has yet to indicate who will play in Perth on Saturday and Sunday.

"These are the weeks that I love, that I cherish, playing in a Fed Cup final at home is really precious and all of us are going to make the most of it this weekend", said the 23-year-old, who is on a 14-match Fed Cup win streak.

Unlike the Australian team, France boast Fed Cup finals experience.

She will hope to end Australia's run of eight consecutive defeats in Fed Cup finals since they won the competition for the seventh time back in 1974.

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World number 51 Tomljanovic, who was cleared to play for Australia in October despite having previously represented Croatia, has been preferred for the singles rubbers over Sam Stosur.

"All of us are extremely hungry - it's taken us probably two or three years to get into this position and now it's about coming out and enjoying it this weekend".

Each equally Barty, who gained final weekend's WTA Finals in China, and Stosur and Mladenovic/Garcia acquired a few-established dwell fifth doubles matches in April's semifinals to ship their worldwide locations to the last word.

"For all of us to be able to say that we are Fed Cup champions would be special".

France are confident they won't wilt under the scorching Perth heat as they look to deny Australia a drought-breaking Fed Cup title.

Garcia said France losing the 2016 final to the Czech Republic was extra motivation for her team. "We have to go for it from the first match to the last one".

Now unbeaten with a 6-0 record for rubbers this year, she became the first player to contest and win the maximum number of matches on the way to the Fed Cup Final in the competition's current format, having claimed clean sweeps during Australia's victories against U.S. and Belarus earlier this year.

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