Ajla Tomljanovic to open Fed Cup final in singles play

Ross Houston
November 9, 2019

France's squad, who will be aiming to secure their first Fed Cup win since 2003, has been named as Kristina Mladenovic, Caroline Garcia, Alize Cornet, Fiona Ferro and Pauline Parmentier.

Barty will interact in Mladenovic within the to start out with reverse singles on Sunday, adopted by Tomljanovic utilizing on Garcia, although late changes may be made by the staff captains.

Picking Tomljanovic was a bold move by Molik as Australia bid for a first title in 45 years, with Stosur her country's most successful ever singles player, spanning 16 years of Fed Cup action.

The draw revealed the player match-ups for the Final, which will be held at RAC Arena.

Court wants the same recognition afforded to Rod Laver's 1969 grand slam anniversary at the Australian Open earlier this year and says she won't return to Melbourne Park unless formally welcomed back.

World number 51 Tomljanovic, who was cleared to play for Australia in October despite having previously represented Croatia, has been preferred for the singles rubbers over Sam Stosur.

"Fed Cup is in my calendar before any other tournament", Barty said.

In contrast, Tomljanovic has had a good year and spent most of it inside the world's top 50. The way that Mol [team captain Alicia Molik] has been able to bring us together and create this real want and desire to play for Australia has been crucial.

"I feel like it's the right decision... within this team everyone brought such a high level in practice".

"We know that during a Fed Cup weekend there are a lot of emotions and physically tough matches, so we know we have a lot of options for Sunday", he added.

Stepping off the plane on Tuesday morning just days after becoming the first Australian to win the WTA finals in Shenzhen since 1976 - where she also picked up the record $6.4 million (AUD) prize - Barty has had just days to regroup and focus on the weekend's match-up. The finale marks the last Fed Cup final played under the current format, with an overhaul next year seeing 12 nations compete in a six-day event in Budapest.

Barty is the first world number one to feature in a Fed Cup Final since Martina Hingis in 1998 and will look to extend an unbeaten streak of 14 matches in the competition. "These are the weeks that I love - these are the weeks that I cherish", she said.

Court has indicated she will attend the Fed Cup final and may meet with TA chief Craig Tiley while in town.

"That final was a great lesson for me and all of us", said Garcia, who won two singles matches in the tie.

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