Ashleigh Barty-led Australia knock US due to Fed Cup
Ashleigh Barty has led the manner in which and debutante Priscilla Hon was her reliable sidekick as Australia knocked north america out of the Fed Cup to arrange a place group semi-final clash with Belarus.
The US had the household crowd in Asheville, at North Carolina’s US Cellular Center indoor arena on Sunday, but Australia possessed world No 13 Barty who had been invincible.
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Barty demolished Sofia Kenin in the first singles rubber on Saturday and accompanied with 6-4, 6-1 victory a day later against America’s world No 17 Madison Keys. She then headed into the doubles decider alongside 20-year-old Hon while using the world group tie locked 2-2.
Barty and Hon comprehensively beat experienced American duo Nicole Melichar and Danielle Collins 6-4, 7-5 to book the Belarus match-up.
“We’ve had a hell of an weekend then there’s nothing at all much better than coming out and playing a live tie for the country,” Barty said. “For Pri to relax and play exactly how she played today, I’m so satisfied with her.”
Hon provides a singles ranking of 143, is 125th in doubles together never played competitively partnered with Barty, but she showed no nerves up against the Americans.
“This is my dream becoming reality,” Hon said. “I’ve always aspired to play for Australia and beside Ash. I’ve always searched to her my life insurance coverage.”
Hon weren’t originally selected to relax and play doubles but team captain Alicia Molik shook on the line-up for any crucial second day.
Kimberly Birrell, merely outclassed by Keys in Saturday’s singles rubber, was benched by Molik on Sunday for out-of-form Daria Gavrilova. It absolutely was a danger, with Gavrilova winless in 2019.
The world No 47 offered a fight but fell to Collins 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 to square the tie for any US along with the doubles decider. Gavrilova was pencilled in for doubles. Molik instead slotted Hon alongside Barty and they played such as a veteran doubles team.
Australia might Belarus in April, with all the location decided by way of coin toss because nations are yet to spend time playing oneself from the Fed Cup. It will be the newbie since 2019 Australia make the semi-finals. Additional semi-final will is between France and Romania.