Melbourne VIC, Australia, 25 July 2018 |

Australia will continue on its two-year quest to win the Fed Cup when it plays the United States in the first round of the 2019 World Group.

Australia clinched its place in the top-tier eight-nation group by winning its Play-off tie against Netherlands in Wollongong in April, two months after beating Ukraine in the first round of World Group II.

Yet the United States – the 2017 Fed Cup champions who have returned to the final this year – will prove a tough prospect.

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The hosts have five top-30 players – Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, Venus Williams, CoCo Vandeweghe and Serena Williams – to chose from, all who have excelled at Grand Slam tournaments in the past 12 months.

Australia also has an impressive squad of players at its disposal, including two top-25 players in Ash Barty and Daria Gavrilova and Grand Slam champion Sam Stosur.

The US own a winning 9-5 head-to-head over Australia; in their last meeting in Brisbane in 2016, the US swept to a 4-0 victory in the World Group Play-offs, and went on to win the trophy the following year.

The venue for the 9-10 February 2019 tie is yet to be determined.

More information can be found at the Australia v United States World Group first-round tie page.