WWW: Fed Cup Final - AUS vs. FRA
The Fed Cup final is this weekend, on outdoor hardcourts in Perth. It's the last final in the current iteration of a season-long world group competition, with regionals to qualify for the two-tiers of world group competition.
Australia has singles world #1 Barty, and field a pair of players (Barty and Stosur) who have won a doubles slam in the past 15 months, albeit with other partners.
France has seemingly more depth, with two players who were in the top 10 as recently as two years ago, and who won a doubles slam together (although three and a half years ago).
Barty is on a helluva win streak at the Fed Cup, and the most interesting match-up may well be the #1 singles where Barty and Mladenovic face off (in singles) for the first time since the Italian Open, which is Barty's worst loss of the season and the only match she said she was disappointed in how she performed/competed.
I've yet to see whether Tomljanovic is getting the nod to play in the second singles spot, as she's ranked well above Stosur.
Definitely one of the less predictable finals of recent years.