FILE PHOTO: Tennis – WTA Global – Nature Valley Open – Nottingham Tennis Centre, Nottingham – June 13, 2019 Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in motion all the way through her 2d spherical fit in opposition to Britain’s Harriet Dart Motion Pictures by way of Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia are throwing debutant Ajla Tomljanovic into the Fed Cup cauldron in opposition to France, shedding veteran Sam Stosur in desire of the Croatia-born debutant for the singles simply weeks after she turned into eligible to constitute the country.
Global quantity 51 Tomljanovic will play French primary Kristina Mladenovic within the first singles at Perth Enviornment on Saturday, with Ash Barty to tackle Caroline Garcia in the second one.
Global primary Barty will meet 40th-ranked Mladenovic within the opener of the opposite singles on Sunday, with Tomljanovic to play global quantity 45 Garcia.
Barty and Stosur are slated to play Mladenovic and Garcia within the doubles, regardless that all of Sunday’s fits is also modified.
Stosur, 35, holds Australia’s Fed Cup document for many singles wins, with 29 from her 49 rubbers, however she misplaced each her singles fits within the semi-finals in opposition to Belarus.
In deciding on the 26-year-old Tomljanovic, Australia captain Alicia Molik may additionally had been aware of Stosur’s document of stage-fright when taking part in in entrance of house crowds.
In spite of profitable the 2011 U.S. Open and making the French Open semi-finals 4 instances, Stosur has lengthy struggled to maintain the limelight in Australia.
She hasn’t ever long past additional than the fourth spherical on the Australian Open and has been knocked out of the primary spherical at Melbourne Park for the closing 4 tournaments in succession.
Australia are bidding for his or her 8th name and primary since 1974, with France going for a 3rd after closing profitable the crew match in 2003.
Reporting by way of Ian Ransom; Modifying by way of Simon Cameron-Moore