Barty, Birrell to kickstart Fed Cup

Australian Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik has chosen in-form duo Ashleigh Barty and Kimberly Birrell to play singles in this weekend’s first-round, world group Fed Cup tie against the US in Asheville, North Carolina.

In form: Australia's No.1-ranked woman Ashleigh Barty.

In form: Australia’s No.1-ranked woman Ashleigh Barty.Credit:AAP

Barty, fresh off her recent run to the Australian Open quarter-finals, has a great opportunity to kickstart the tie when she faces American Sofia Kenin in Sunday morning’s (AEST) opening singles match.

Birrell, ranked 157 in the world, was also in great form making the third round of the Australian Open and will play America’s top-ranked Madison Keys in the second singles rubber.

«Ash obviously is our No.1 player so she has had a wonderful summer and great month and without question she is playing on the weekend and Kim, to be honest with you, has been on fire,» Molik told reporters on Saturday (AEST).




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