Team captain Alicia Molik has sounded a warning to Fed Cup rivals after Australia humbled Serbia 4-0 in their World Group II play-off match. With changes to the tournament structure coming in soon, the Australian team is in with a chance of winning the competition next year.
The International Tennis Federation is expected to sign off on a 16-team World Group in August, meaning the young team will find themselves back at the top table when the 2018 competition begins in February. “It’s where we belong and where we feel we deserve to be,” Molik said.
“We are so dangerous and it’s open slather next season. We can be contenders.” “It feels great. Everyone contributed,” Molik further added. “It’s a different feeling to get it done in four rubbers.
The girls have been unbelievable all week, it’s a nice feeling and we will be celebrating tonight.” Teenager Destanee Aiava did not get any game time in Serbia but Molik praised her contribution off the court.
“I think it’s a nice balance to have Destanee,” she said. “She’s brought a great level to practice sessions and pushed everyone all week. It’s been a pleasure to get to know her better.” ALSO READ Melbourne to get a new 5000 seat tennis arena