WOLLONGONG, April 21, 2018
The scores are level at one-all for Australia and the Netherlands after the first day of play in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off in Wollongong.
In a surprise upset Dutch No.1 Lesley Kerkhove defeated Aussie Samantha Stosur 7-5, 7-6(1) in front of 3,729 spectators at Wollongong Entertainment Centre.
In the second match, world No. 19 Ashleigh Barty scored a decisive 6-0, 6-2 win over Quirine Lemoine to level the tie.
Australian No. 1 @ashbar96 levels the score in Wollongong with a composed 60 62 victory over Quirine Lemoine
— Fed Cup (@FedCup) 21. April 2018
In Sunday’s reverse singles Barty will face Dutch No.1 Kerkhove, with world No.24 Daria Gavrilova named to play the second singles rubber against Quirine Lemoine.
The doubles nominations remain unchanged with Ashleigh Barty / Samantha Stosur to take on Dutch pair Demi Schuurs and Indy De Vroome.
R1: Lesley Kerkhove (NED) d Samantha Stosur (AUS) 7-5 7-6(1)
R2: Ashleigh Barty (AUS) d Quirine Lemoine (NED) 6-0 6-2
Order of play – Sunday 22 April
11.00 am – Gates open
12.00 pm – Ashleigh Barty (AUS) vs Lesley Kerkhove (NED)
Followed by Daria Gavrilova (AUS) vs Quirine Lemoine (NED)
Followed by Ashleigh Barty / Samantha Stosur (AUS) vs Demi Schuurs andIndy De Vroome (NED)
Play commences at 12.00 pm AEST time with reverse singles matches, followed by the doubles rubber, gates open at 11.00 am.