• Australia take on USA for a spot in the 2017 Fed Cup World Group (Tennis Australia)Source: Tennis Australia
The last time Australia won the Fed Cup, Elton John was saying Goodbye to the Yellow Brick Road, Olivia Newton-John honestly loved you and Evonne Goolagong was queen of the courts. 42 years on and captain Alicia Molik believes now has a real chance to break the drought.
Ann Odong

12 Apr 2016 - 7:45 AM  UPDATED 12 Apr 2016 - 7:45 AM

Why is Alicia Molik confident Australia can claim the coveted Fed Cup trophy?  Because of Australia's latest team member Daria Gavrilova.  

Last month, the International Tennis Federation ruled the Russian-born former world junior No.1 was eligible to play for Australia and she was a little excited about it! 

Gavrilova, currently ranked 37, becomes the 50th player to represent Australia at the Fed Cup and it's a big boost for the Australian team ahead of next week's tie against the USA in Brisbane.  

With former French Open runner up Samantha Stosur leading and Gavrilova in their ranks, Australia has opted for an indoor clay court at Pat Rafter Arena.  

"I'm a good mover, I enjoy sliding on the clay," the 22-year-old who made the quarter finals at the clay court Charleston tournament last week. "I have more time, I should be aggressive. It suits me."

Along side Stosur and Gavrilova will be doubles pair Casey Dellacqua and Arina Rodionova.  

Australia are hoping that a win on the clay court will seem return to the eight-team World Group in 2017.

“I’ve truly believe we’ve been good enough (in recent years) to win the Fed Cup and having Dasha now absolutely bolsters us.”

While the USA will be without Venus and Serena Williams, the Americans have still put together a strong team with Madison Keys, CoCo Vandeweghe, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Christina McHale.  

Fed Cup Tie: Australia v USA

  • Date: 16-17 April 2016
  • Venue: Pat Rafter Arena – Brisbane, Australia
  • Surface: clay