Fed Cup WG 2: Australia vs Ukraine, Rubber 1
?? Ashleigh Barty vs ?? Lyudmyla Kichenok
This should be a very comfortable victory for Barty. Kichenok is currently ranked outside the top 800 and has not played a tour level singles match in over half a year. Kichenok is a handy doubles player and may be able to use those skills to make this match competitive. However, Barty is an ever better doubles player and is clearly levels above Kichenok on the singles court. Grass is Barty’s favourite surface, a surface where she can best showcase her highest level. Barty is well prepared for this tie after a solid Aussie summer and should claim a dominant win to give Australia a 1-0 advantage in Canberra.