Ashleigh Barty to lead Australia in Fed Cup final against France in Perth

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Ashleigh Barty to lead Australia in Fed Cup final against France in Perth

Perth’s RAC Arena will host the Fed Cup final between November 9-10, with Australia and France battling for the most prestigious team title in women's tennis. After thrilling wins over the USA and Belarus, Australia is through to the first Fed Cup final since 1993, the first at home since 1978 and the first in Perth since 2009 when they defeated the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Chinese Taipei and New Zealand without losing a tie.

Now, the Aussie squad is hoping for more of the same against France in November, seeking the first Fed Cup crown since 1974! The Aussies have been at the top of the world recently thanks to Ashleigh Barty, one of the best players in 2019 so far and the reigning Roland Garros winner.

Barty has written Fed Cup history in the first two ties, becoming the first player with all six live rubber wins in the first two ties on the highest level. Barty is one of the top favorites at Wimbledon and could become world no.

1 very soon, ready to lead the Aussie squad in November together with Daria Gavrilova and Samantha Stosur. The 13,500 capacity venue, RAC Arena will witness the seventh meeting between Australia and France and the first since 2000 when France scored the only triumph over the Aussie team in Moscow.

Between 1964-71, Australia had taken all five clashes versus France and they will try to repeat that in front of the partisan crowd and lift the trophy that stood in their hands for the last time 45 years ago. “I’m so excited we have the chance to play the Fed Cup Final here in Perth, and showcase the very best of women’s tennis right here in my hometown,” Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik said.

“It’s particularly exciting to be making this announcement just a little over a week since Ash Barty won the French Open. Although her win took a lot of people by surprise, we’ve known for some time what an exceptional player, and person, she is, and that it was only a matter of time before she broke through to win a major.

Ash has been an inspirational leader in our Fed Cup team over the past few years and we are fortunate to have an incredible group of role models in Australia who love representing their country. Women’s tennis is in an extremely powerful position in Australia at the minute and I’m so proud of every team member who has been a part of this two-year journey to reach the final.

We’ve had a sensational start to the year, but the job isn’t finished yet, and we are going to ensure that we give ourselves every chance here in Perth to win for Australia”.