Barty leads Australia to thrilling Fed Cup win

Barty leads Australia to thrilling Fed Cup win

To kick off the day, Barty scored her first-ever victory over Madison Keys in the first rubber of the second day of play to put visiting Australia ahead, 2-1.

Barty and Hon beat Nicole Melichar and Danielle Collins 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday to clinch the tie 3-2 and set up a semi-final clash with Belarus in April.

- As a junior, Barty was one of the top players in the world, winning the 2011 Wimbledon girls' singles title and reaching a career-high ITF World Junior Ranking of No. 2 in 2011.

"I'm sure all of that stuff will unwind over the next couple of weeks on where it's going to go what surface it's going to play on".

"This is my dream come true, " Hon said.

"I've always looked up to her my whole life".

Australian captain Alicia Molik opted to pair Barty with Hon, and the two Queenslanders delivered, with Hon serving out the match at love in an impressive performance on debut.

Kimberly Birrell, who was outclassed by Keys in Saturday's singles rubber, was benched by Molik for out-of-form Daria Gavrilova.

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The world No.47 put up a fight but fell to Collins 6-1 3-6 6-2 to square the tie for the USA and set up the doubles decider.

Gavrilova was pencilled in for doubles.

Australia need one more victory for the upset win over the U.S. and move into the world group semi-finals against Belarus in April.

"They actually have a really young team, as well".

The location will be decided by a coin toss as Australia and Belarus are yet to play each other in the Fed Cup.

"I mean, we've travelled so much".

"We know Ash well for her differences in her game, the way she mixes it up".

The other semi-final will is between France and Romania.

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