In Canberra on grass, started the first round of the Second World group of the fed Cup between the national teams of Ukraine and Australia.
For the opening match of the season in the Federation Cup, the Ukrainian team arrived in the weakened structure. The team’s leader was 15-year-old debutant of the tournament Marta Kostyuk, who last week after winning the tournament in Burnie for the first time entered the top 200 of the WTA rankings.
Australia, by contrast, put his strongest team – the team in singles matches represent 16-ranked Ashleigh Barty and 26th in the world ranking, Daria Gavrilova.
In the first match Lyudmyla Kichenok, not included even in the top 800 WTA ranking, almost shocked the local public in the match with the first racket of Australia Barty. The Ukrainian won the first set, but thereafter the match was held under the dictation of local tennis players.
Martha Kostiuk your way in the Federation Cup beginning no less ambitious than its recent debut at the Australian Open. Young girl from Kiev in two batches beat Daria Gavrilova and took his second career victory over a player of the top 30.
Australia – Ukraine 1:1
Ashleigh Barty – Lyudmyla Kichenok– 4:6, 6:1, 6:4
Daria Gavrilova – Martha Kostiuk – 6:7, 3:6
On the final day of the Federation Cup between Australia and Ukraine will be held three match: Ashleigh Barty will play against Marta Kostyuk, Daria Gavrilova will meet with Lyudmila Kichenok, and in the doubles match, Barty and Casey Dellaqua will play against Nadezhda Kichenok and Daria Lopatichi.
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