Time for Aussies to make history
Australia's Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik has challenged her Fed Cup team to create their own piece of history in Brisbane this weekend.
Australia’s Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik has challenged her Fed Cup team to create their own piece of history in Brisbane this weekend.
Australia’s quest for a first Fed Cup title in 40 years faces a significant hurdle when they take on a strong German team at Pat Rafter Arena.
It will be Australia’s first Fed Cup semi-final since 1993.
Win and it’s just one more step from emulating the team led by Evonne Goolagong in 1974 in claiming the title.
Molik has left the team of Sam Stosur, Storm Sanders, Ash Barty and Casey Dellacqua in no doubt about how significant winning the tournament would be.
“It’s a great opportunity for our team,” Molik said.
“The women know that and they want to exploit the Germans as much as possible.
“It’s time for us to make our little piece of history I think.”
The winner of this weekend’s tie will face either the Czech Republic or Italy in November’s final.
But overcoming Germany will be no easy feat with the visitors boasting world No.7 Angelique Kerber and former world No.9 Andrea Petkovic among their squad.
Australian No.1 Stosur said the pairing of Dellacqua and Barty, who reached three grand slam doubles finals last year, could prove vital in what looms as a tight contest.
“Not only can they play that doubles match but either of them can play singles as well,” she said.
“To be able to have players who are capable of playing both matches can definitely help rather than doubles-only or singles-only. You can pick and choose a little bit what you want to do.
“Hopefully that will work in our favour.”