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Sam Stosur leads Australia to Fed Cup victory

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Australia’s Fed Cup spearhead Samantha Stosur has led the team to a historic 3-2 victory over Slovakia in Bratislava this weekend. Stosur won three of the five rubbers over the weekend, defeating Jana Cepelova in singles on day one, and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova on day two, before pairing with Casey Dellacqua for the deciding doubles rubber.

The team featured two Fed Cup debutantes, with Arina Rodionova taking Schmiedlova to three sets in a gruelling match on day one, and 17-year-old Kimberly Birrell stepping up to play Slovak veteran Dominika Cibulkova in the reverse singles on day two.

Australia will play-off for a place in the elite World Group 1 in April, with the opponent yet to be determined.

Australia 3-2 Slovakia

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Arina Rodionova (AUS) 57 75 60

Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Jana Cepelova (SVK) 63 64

Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) 76(5) 75

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d Kimberly Birrell (AUS) 63 61

Casey Dellacqua / Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Jana Cepelova / Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 57 61 62