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.
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
|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.
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.