Young gun to step up for Sto­sur

Mercury (Hobart) - - TENNIS -

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.

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