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Australia vs Belarus Fed Cup semi-final start time, date, venue, format, schedule

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19th April, 2019
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Australia will aim to qualify for their first Fed Cup final in almost 30 years when they take on Belarus at home in the semi-finals. The tie will be played on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21.

Play is scheduled to commence at 1pm (AEDT) on each day’s play, with Brisbane winning the bid to host the tie. It’s set to be played at the Queensland Tennis Centre’s main court, the Pat Rafter Arena.

The tie is to be played over five matches. Two singles matches will lead the tie away on Saturday, before reverse singles are played on Sunday. If the tie is locked at two matches a piece, a deciding doubles match will then be used to decide which team goes through to the final of the prestigious tournament, dubbed the World Cup of tennis.

While it’s hard to predict due to the varying length of tennis matches, play is expected to end at around 5pm (AEDT) and 7pm (AEDT) on the two days respectively, however, could finish earlier or later, particularly on the Sunday, given the tie could finish after any of the three matches.

The winner of this tie will take on either France or Romania in the final, which will be played in November.

Key tie information: Australia vs Belarus, 2019 Fed Cup semi-finals

Dates: Saturday, April 20, Sunday April 21
Start time: 1pm (AEDT)
Venue: Pat Rafter Arena, Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane, Queensland
TV: Live, 9Gem
Online: Live, 9Now
Overall record: Never played

Teams

Australia
Ashleigh Barty
Dariva Gavrilova
Priscilla Hon
Samantha Stosur

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Belarus
Victoria Azarenka
Vera Lapko
Lidziya Marozava
Aryna Sabalenka
Aliaksandra Sasnovich

Match schedule

Day Match Approx. start time Australia Belarus
Day 1 – Saturday April 20 Singles, rubber 1 1pm Samantha Stosur Aryna Sabalenka
Singles, rubber 2 3pm Ashleigh Barty Victoria Azarenka
Day 2 – Sunday April 21 Singles, rubber 3 1pm Ashleigh Barty Aryna Sabalenka
Singles, rubber 4 3pm Samantha Stosur Victoria Azarenka
Doubles, rubber 5 5:30pm Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur Lidziya Marozava and Vera Lapko

Sunday’s matches are subject to personnel changes, should team captains make that decision. Saturday’s matches will only change if an injury is sustained in the lead-up to play.

Broadcast information

Here in Australia, the Nine Network have the exclusive rights – both on television and digital – to the entire tie.

You can also follow all of the Fed Cup action this weekend on The Roar as we cover all five matches in our live blog.