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Australia qualifies for Fed Cup FINAL df Belarus 3-2

First time in 2o something years... Really excited for the Brissy girls performing (kinda, Stosur stepped up well in the doubles) infront of their home crowd! Azarenka played incredibly well in doubles even with lack of serve but Sabalenka's court awareness caused her to suffer a bit. Similarly the Australian girls really didn't know what was going on in each others court but by the end of the third set it didn't matter, their doubles knowledge was stronger than that of the amicable yet tough Belarusians.

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Really excited for the Brissy girls performing (kinda, Stosur stepped up well in the doubles) infront of their home crowd! Azarenka played incredibly well in doubles even with lack of serve but Sabalenka's court awareness caused her to suffer a bit. Similarly the Australian girls really didn't know what was going on in each others court but by the end of the third set it didn't matter, their doubles knowledge was stronger than that of the amicable yet tough Belarusians.
Quite the doubles rubber. Vika and the coach really should have recognized Aryna's limitations and just gone two back. Aryna was largely useless up there on the big points and the Aussie girls were largely targeting her.

Great win by the Aussies!! Rooting for them in the final for sure!!
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Was actually a fantastic doubles match and Sam really played really well a complete contrast to her singles
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It was a great tie - most matches were exciting - and congrats to Belarus for being great competitors and good sports.

Guessing someone in TA has already booked Evonne (last #1 singles player to win a FedCup final for AUS) for the weekend in November.
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It was a great tie - most matches were exciting - and congrats to Belarus for being great competitors and good sports.

Guessing someone in TA has already booked Evonne (last #1 singles player to win a FedCup final for AUS) for the weekend in November.
I met her once, in Jan, when she was Ash's mentor the year Serena Williams as a first round opponent to Barty. She was travelling (by car!) down the coast of Australia to Melbourne and stopped at a restaurant I was a bartender for. I told her that I think Ash would be number one one day and she said she thought it was a possibility. She was so kind and humble and I revered her like a wise nagy-mama
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Re: Australia qualifies for Fed Cup FINAL df Belarus 3-2

Both teams don't have a lot of experience with each other, which was evident - especially with the Aussies - but all four are very good doubles players.

Barty:

Freaking amazing to watch how much better she's becoming with time. She has all the shots, great movement, fantastic intelligence and confidence is growing too. It's not coincidence that Australia is back in the Fed Cup final when she's playing. She is just beautiful to watch and performing so well under pressure.

Stosur:

To say she's a shadow of her former self would be an insult to her former self - she's much worse than that. But there are flashes of brilliance in doubles, as evidenced by her AO title, Miami final and this match. While she was a liability in much of this match, she had some great reflex volleys on big points that made a huge impact. She also stepped it up like crazy in the third set under pressure. She finished on a high note for sure.

Azarenka:

She's putting it together. Unfortunately, her serve is a huge liability (at one point she had lost 7 points in a row on serve). HOWEVER, I do think that Sabalenka's poor form at net really fd her up on serve more than necessary. I am impressed by what I saw this tie and in Monterrey. The trademark determination is there. The ridiculously amazing counterpunching is there. She was awesome vs. Sam and challenged an in-form Barty pretty well for a set, which is tough these days. I think she might get back to the top 10 this year.

Sabalenka:

The weakest link in doubles for sure. Most of the match was Vika vs. Ash with occasional highlights from Aryna and Sam, but at least Sam picked it up at the end. Aryna just got worse and worse at the net. She was appalling. Sam and Ash targeted her and wore her down. She should've just stayed back on Vika's serve. Clueless at best. It amazes me that she's doing so well with Mertens, who isn't exactly a big server. I guess they have some kind of better chemistry.

As mentioned, the doubles match was basically a mini version of the tie - Vika vs. Ash. Both did very well. I didn't expect Aryna to flop in doubles this badly, nor did I expect Sam to save the day at the end, but hey.


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WELL DONE ASHTRALIA!!! The doubles match especially was very exciting and filled with a lot of good play from both. I would give us a chance against either FRA or ROU in the final, especially with it being at home.

And everyone needs to get off Sam's ass, she played 2 great matches (one singles one doubles) but lost against a powerful top 10 player and a former #1 she's now 1-10 against.... Dasha has 2 wins and 8 losses this year, and Pri Hon has been losing in 25k ITFs. Plus she really brought it and was clutch in the deciding doubles.

Fingers crossed Sharma can join the team as well in November!
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Happy to hear that, I wish they would play Romania! I think they are the most deserveful teams/nations and Romania would have an edge considering the superior doubles and also Buzarnescu/Begu/Niculescu can beat Sam Stosur.

Australia must also wish to play Romania in order to host the final at home.

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Both teams don't have a lot of experience with each other, which was evident - especially with the Aussies - but all four are very good doubles players.
The Australian pair is ok, not just the Belarusian one.
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Sam still undefeated in Fed Cup doubles - and that should be her major role in future FC ties.

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Australia must also wish to play Romania in order to host the final at home.
I think AUS get home-final no matter who gets through.
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Re: Australia qualifies for Fed Cup FINAL df Belarus 3-2

..congrats Ash and Sam !

good that everyone won a rubber too (albeit only in doubles for Sam but as it's the most important one at the end it's cool )



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They can kiss Barty's ass, because Stosur is old and Gavrilova is out of shape. Yet again the United States didn't use Sloane or the sisters against Australia, and Australia also hosted this semifinal at home.

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Happy to hear that, I wish they would play Romania! I think they are the most deserveful teams/nations and Romania would have an edge considering the superior doubles and also Buzarnescu/Begu/Niculescu can beat Sam Stosur.

Australia must also wish to play Romania in order to host the final at home.



The Australian pair is ok, not just the Belarusian one.
I think they host regardless of opposition. correct me if wrong

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Happy to hear that, I wish they would play Romania! I think they are the most deserveful teams/nations and Romania would have an edge considering the superior doubles and also Buzarnescu/Begu/Niculescu can beat Sam Stosur.

Australia must also wish to play Romania in order to host the final at home.



The Australian pair is ok, not just the Belarusian one.
Stosur beat Begu 64 62 just weeks ago in Qatar. And as good as Begu/Niculescu played in the last doubles tie, they're no Stosur/Barty.

I do think Romania should consider playing someone else in singles though, perhaps Niculescu who can really bother and exhaust opponents (even if she doesn't win).
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Australia will host the decider in November
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It's all happened because of Sasnovich. She's the one to blame.

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