World number 10 Samantha Stosur will be the backbone of Australia’s Fed Cup
By Mark Skendaris
Stosur, a winner of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston last week will represent Australia along with Anastasia Rodionova currently ranked 96th, Alicia Molik (97) and Rennae Stubbs, ranked eighth in doubles.
In the World Group II first round, Australia claimed a narrow 3-2 victory over Spain in Adelaide, with Stosur winning all three of the rubbers she played in. Her current career-best form will surely be the key to Australia’s chances against Ukraine.
World No. 30, Kateryna Bondarenko who was part of the Ukraine Fed Cup
Stosur will once again be the No.1 player in the
Anastasia Rodionova will make her Fed Cup debut at the age of 27 and along Molik and Stubbs has the edge in experience over the hosts. Stubbs is competing in her 16th Fed Cup season and will make her 40th appearance in Ukraine, while Molik will be competing in her 17th Fed Cup tie.
It will be the first time that 17-year-old twin sisters Lyudmyla and Nadiya Kichenok represent Ukraine at Fed Cup level.
Ukraine and Australia have met once before in the Fed Cup when the Ukrainians recorded a 4-1 victory in the World Group II Play-offs on the Gold Coast in 2007.
Australian coach David Taylor is confident his
“This is perhaps one of the most significant Fed Cup ties in recent memory,” he said.
“It is an opportunity for the Australian
“Our No.1 singles player, Sam, will once again take on the role of
“Anastasia is in the Top 100 and will been keen to represent her country at Fed Cup for the first time since she was granted Australian citizenship in December 2009. She is a real fighter on court and will make the most of every opportunity.
“Alicia is also into the Top 100 which is an unbelievable feat within six months.
“She brings not only the experience of seventeen Fed Cup ties but amazing form, defeating Jie Zheng in Dubai and Anabel Medina-Garrigues in Indian Wells over the last two months.”
The tie takes place on the 24th and 25th of April at the Palace of Sports Kharkiv, Ukraine on an indoor claycourt.