Australia And Netherlands Level After Day One Of Fed Cup

Ashleigh Barty (photo: Tennis Australia/twitter)

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.

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) 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.