Ranked Barty 'extremely hungry' for Fed Cup final win

Ajla Tomljanovic has beaten out Sam Stosur for Australia’s second singles berth

If things go according to plan, Barty and Mladenovic will face off in Sunday's first reverse singles rubber and could possibly take on each other again in doubles with Mladenovic partnering Caroline Garcia and Barty partnering Samantha Stosur.

French Open champion Barty and former US Open victor Stosur played all the singles and doubles in their semi-final win over Belarus, but Stosur said captain Alicia Molik had yet to indicate if the same tactic would be deployed.

Australia has played France six times in Fed Cup history and has a 5-1 edge, but lost when the teams last played in France in 2000.

Australia's Fed Cup stars are staying silent on Margaret Court's grand slam 50th anniversary demands, with Tennis Australia privately frustrated the all-time great has raised her grievances on the eve of the final.

Australia are aiming to win an 8th Fed Cup title this weekend in their first appearance in the Final for 26 years while France will be looking to win their 3rd Fed Cup title - and their first for 16 years, with their 2 previous titles coming in 1997, when they defeated Netherlands, and 2003, when they defeated USA.

"I know that I've got Mol [Alicia Molik] sitting on the court next to me in such a supportive and incredible captain and I think that knowing that all of our team is sitting on the side of the court it just brings out this little bit of a different side to me and it's pretty rare and it doesn't happen often".

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"I read the article but players are under instructions to tick the "no newspaper" column when they check in at the hotel", Molik said.

"It is an awesome achievement to be involved in a Fed Cup final, but we don't just want to make the final", Barty said. It has been hard, sets have been very close and that's really the way that we want it. "We have full confidence in them to bring us two points (on Saturday)".

Barty comes into the event on the back of winning the WTA Finals - and claiming its record $4.42m (£3.42m) prize money - in China on Sunday.

"For all of us to be able to say that we are Fed Cup champions would be special".

Barty is the first world number one to feature in a Fed Cup Final since Martina Hingis in 1998 and will look to extend an unbeaten streak of 14 matches in the competition.

Barty became Australia's first women's World No. 1 since Goolagong Cawley in 1976 and has been smashing records on her rise to the top in 2019, which has helped spur a revival of Australian women's tennis. "We have nothing to lose".

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