Barty leads Queensland-flavoured Fed Cup charge

Either way the red-hot outfit will be chock-full of local talent when they take on a strong Belarus side in Brisbane on April 20-21.

“For us it is an opportunity; you don’t get to play Fed Cup at home often,” Barty said of the Queensland connection.

“Some of the girls are from Queensland in the team … it’s an opportunity to play in front of friends and family.”

Australia will be chasing their first Fed Cup title since 1974 in what will be the side’s first semi-final appearance in five years.

And it has proved significant enough for Barty to interrupt her WTA schedule and return home this week to start preparing.

“I’m excited to play there; I didn’t get to play at Brisbane International [in January],” she said.

“Whoever ‘Mol’ picks, whoever she selects, I know she and I have full trust in.”

Belarus pack a punch with former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka, No.10 Aryna Sabalenka and No.35 Aliaksandra Sasnovich at their disposal.

Azarenka, the 2012 and 2013 Australian Open champion, has struggled with her form since returning to the tour after having son Leo.

But the 29-year-old – Barty’s most recent doubles partner on tour – has enjoyed a resurgence of sorts that includes a lead role in a 4-0 quarter- final defeat of Germany.


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