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Australia advances to Fed Cup World Group II

17 July 2006

Australia has returned to the elite Fed Cup World Group II following a 5-0 whitewash over Switzerland during this weekend’s play-off, held at Chavannes-de-Bogis.

A comprehensive win by national No.1 Samantha Stosur sealed the victory for Australia. Stosur defeated 17-year-old Swiss Timea Bacsinszky 6-4 6-2 to give Australia an unsurmountable 3-0 lead.

This year Stosur has amassed an impressive 7-0 win-loss record in Fed Cup singles and doubles, each win coming without the loss of a set.

Asked her thoughts on the match, she said, “I thought I played pretty well. There were some times there when she started to get back and I really had to put my foot down and get back to the way that I was playing to get up at the start and I thought I did that pretty well the whole match. I tried to keep my concentration towards the end and serve it out.”

“I watched her play Pratty yesterday and I knew that she was going to be into it and get fired up. I mean, everyone does playing for their country, especially when they’re at home playing in front of their crowd. I knew it was going to be tough and I knew she was going to hang in there and fight until the end,” she said.

In her first Fed Cup match since April 2004, Alicia Molik secured a 6-2 2-6 6-0 win over Stefanie Vogele, and then joined six-time Grand Slam doubles champion Rennae Stubbs to take out the final rubber with a commanding 6-1 6-2 win over Timea Bacsinszky and Stefania Boffa.

Australian Fed Cup captain David Taylor was thrilled with the victory and said the team had achieved its aim for the year.

“Now we’re back in the World Group II which was our goal for 2006 and I think with our team we have a chance to play well against any nation. Obviously next April we are looking forward to that tie – we don’t know who we’ll play – but we would like to get through to be in World Group I in 2008,” he said.

Australia was last in the World Group in 2004, when it lost 1-4 to Russia in Moscow in the first round, and was relegated to the zonal competition after a 2-3 loss to Thailand in Bangkok in July.

Both the Australian Fed Cup team and Australian Davis Cup team remain undefeated in 2006.

 While the Fed Cup team has completed its duties for this year, the Davis Cup team will take on Argentina in Buenos Aires in the semifinals from 22-24 September.

Tennis Australia

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