Young gun to step up for Stosur
SHE’S Australia’s most prolific singles winner in Fed Cup history but Samantha Stosur will unselfishly step aside for the newly eligible Ajla Tomljanovic in next week’s final against France if that’s what’s required to lift the trophy after 45 years.
Stosur carried Australia for almost 10 years and was instrumental in the semi-final win over Belarus, teaming with Ashleigh Barty for the deciding doubles win against Victoria Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka in Brisbane.
The 35-year-old is unbeaten in eight Fed Cup doubles matches and has chalked up 29 singles wins for her country since debuting way back in 2003. But the stalwart expects Australian captain Alicia Molik to rush Tomljanovic, the country’s No.2 behind Barty, straight in as her second singles option.
“Chances are she probably will, but that’s fine. That’s the thing with Fed Cup, it’s a team environment and I don’t care who plays the matches,” Stosur said. “If I don’t play any of them and we win the trophy, it doesn’t matter.”
The Fed Cup final starts in Perth on Saturday.