Australia will take on Belarus in the Fed Cup semi-finals on the hard court at Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane from 20-21 April 2019. Brisbane was named as the host city after Australia earned the right to a home semi-final following their win over USA in February.
Ashleigh Barty spearheaded the Australians to an historic 3-2 victory to send Australia into their first Fed Cup semi-final since 2014. In the battle of the top players Barty edged Madison Keys in straight sets - her first ever win against Keys - and backed it up with doubles success.
“We’re excited to play another Fed Cup tie at home, and we are very much looking forward to coming back to Brisbane,” Australian Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik said. “The whole team, led by Ash (Barty) worked hard for the win over the USA and I can honestly say that winning the tie was one of the highlights of my career.
“Everyone is highly motivated to keep that success going. Playing for your country is always special, and a home semifinal against such quality opposition is both an honour and a privilege. Belarus has a group of incredibly strong players and we expect them to be tough.
But we also know we’ll have terrific support from the fans and look forward to a great turnout in Brisbane”. World No. 9 Aryna Sabalenka and two-time grand slam champion Victoria Azarenka lead the strong Belarus side, that also features Aliaksandra Sasnovich who excelled on the Brisbane hard courts in 2018 to reach the Brisbane International final.