Sanders named in Australian Fed Cup team
Teenager Storm Sanders has been rewarded for her eye-catching summer with inclusion in Australia's Fed Cup tennis team.
Teenager Storm Sanders has been rewarded for her eye-catching summer with inclusion in Australia’s Fed Cup tennis team.
The 19-year-old will join long-time spearhead Samantha Stosur, the resurgent Casey Dellacqua and fellow youngster Ashleigh Barty in Australia’s team to face Russia in a World Group first-round encounter in Hobart next month.
Sanders burst to prominence with a stunning straight-sets victory over China’s world No.39 Peng Shuai at the Hobart International.
The WA left-hander than pushed 2013 Wimbledon semi-finalist Kirsten Flipkens, the world No.19, to a third-set tiebreaker in the second round before also impressing at the Australian Open.
Sanders lost in the opening round at Melbourne Park but not before taking the first set from Italian Camila Giorgi, a rival ranked 120 spots above the world No.219.
“It gives me great honour to choose Storm,” Australian captain Alicia Molik said on Thursday.
“She’s really proved herself. She’s so dedicated. She’s part of the future of Australian tennis.”
Tennis Australia also ushered in Wally Masur as the Fed Cup team’s new coach, replacing Nicole Bradtke after she served in the position for the past eight years.
The showdown with Russia will take place on February 8-9.