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Tomljanovic to face Mladenovic first in Fed Cup final

Ajla Tomljanovic has beaten out Sam Stosur for Australia’s second singles berth Camera Icon Ajla Tomljanovic has beaten out Sam Stosur for Australia’s second singles berth. Credit Getty Images
Shannon Reynolds | 10 November, 2019, 22:38

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 US and Belarus earlier this year.

In selecting the 26-year-old Tomljanovic, Australia captain Alicia Molik may also have been mindful of Stosur's record of stage-fright when playing in front of home crowds.

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. "I've got someone sitting next to me right here [Sam Stosur] who has done that for so many years and has been at the very top of our sport".

Tomljanovic has been picked ahead of veteran Samantha Stosur as Australia's second singles player, while Barty and Stosur will contest the doubles at RAC Arena.

"This was a week I circled at the beginning of the year that I wanted to target, and to be able to finish the year playing as a team for your nation is pretty special and I've been looking forward to it for a long time", said Barty.

"I feel like it's the right decision. within this team everyone brought such a high level in practice".

"We know each other's games really well". "It should be a tough decision".

Australia has won the Fed Cup title on seven occasions, but the last triumph for the Aussies was almost 45 years ago.

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"It is an unbelievable achievement to be involved in a Fed Cup Final, but we don't just want to make the final".

"When you play a Fed Cup final with the number one in the world in the other side, and away, you can not say that you have an advantage", Benneteau said.

It's been 45 years since seven-time champions Australia last held the Fed Cup trophy aloft, with the Aussies failing to reach the final since 1993.

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.

Garcia said France losing the 2016 final to the Czech Republic was extra motivation for her team.

"It was an experience and it's a positive", she said. "We have to go for it from the first match to the last one".

The 2020 Fed Cup will feature a new format, with the world's 12 best teams coming together to battle for the title over one week at the new Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in Budapest on 14-19 April.

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