Published: Sun, November 10, 2019
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Fed Cup: Ashleigh Barty to face Caroline Garcia in singles rubbers

Fed Cup: Ashleigh Barty to face Caroline Garcia in singles rubbers

World number one Barty will meet 40th-ranked Mladenovic in the opener of the reverse singles on Sunday, with Tomljanovic to play world number 45 Garcia.

Stosur, 35, holds Australia's Fed Cup record for most singles wins, with 29 from her 49 rubbers, but she lost both her singles matches in the semi-finals against Belarus.

Tomljanovic will open Saturday's proceedings against French No.1 Kristina Mladenovic after being selected ahead of Samantha Stosur to back up world No.1 Ashleigh Barty in the singles.

"I know that I've got Mol [Alicia Molik] sitting on the court next to me in such a supportive and incredible captain and I think that knowing that all of our team is sitting on the side of the court it just brings out this little bit of a different side to me and it's pretty rare and it doesn't happen often. For us it was a matter of match-ups and I feel like we are going in with our strongest two players for Saturday", said Molik.

France captain Julien Benneteau has kept faith with the team who sealed their semi-final win over Romania, with Mladenovic, ranked 40, and 45th-ranked Garcia shouldering the burden again in Perth.

Stosur is due to partner Barty in the doubles rubber.


Peaking at World No. 4 in singles in 2011, Stosur shocked the world that same year when she took down Serena Williams to secure her first Grand Slam title at the US Open.

"These are the weeks that I love, that I cherish, playing in a Fed Cup final at home is really precious and all of us are going to make the most of it this weekend", said the 23-year-old, who is on a 14-match Fed Cup win streak.

Twice champions France have proved more successful than Australia in the modern era, claiming the 1997 and 2003 titles, while being beaten for the 2016 trophy by the Czech Republic. Mladenovic, Garcia and Cornet all played in that clash and believe the experience will help them this weekend.

"For all our players, staff and the Australian public in general, it's been a long time between drinks and for us to have this opportunity is incredible". I'll be on the sideline with the rest of the girls cheering on Ajla and Ash [Barty] tomorrow and doing whatever we can to contribute to their performance on court. "It is an important factor for us".

Barty comes into the decider in red hot form, winning the WTA Final in China last weekend, and she has made clear her season will only be complete if she can steer her country to Fed Cup glory.

"But for sure, I have a lot of options for singles and doubles".

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