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Ash Barty guides Australia to Fed Cup victory over USA

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11th February, 2019
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Ashleigh Barty has led Australia to victory over the US with two singles victories and the decisive doubles win in North Carolina.

Australia have defeated the United States in the Fed Cup with Ashleigh Barty and Priscilla Hon combining for a tense doubles victory to seal the world group tie in Asheville, North Carolina.

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.

It is the first time since 2014 Australia have made the semi-finals.

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

“We’ve had a hell of a weekend and there’s absolutely nothing better than coming out and playing a live tie for your country,” Barty, who celebrated with her teammates, said.

Australia and the US started Sunday tied at 1-1.

Barty fired the Australians back into the lead when when she defeated Madison Keys, America’s top-ranked player in their squad, 6-4 6-1.

Collins hit back with a dogged win over Daria Gavrilova 6-1 3-6 6-2 in the day’s second singles rubber to even the tie and set up the decisive doubles clash.

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The other semi-final will be France against Romania.

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