After overcoming the might Americans in the First Round of the Fed Cup World Group recently, Australias young guns are looking to seal their spots in the Fed Cup team. Australian Team Coach Nicole Pratt feels that this is the deepest pool of players they have had in some time now.
The point that comes to my mind was around the time when we had Jelena (Dokic), Alicia (Molik), and then Sam (Stosur).
They were the three young players, and there was myself, Rachel McQuillan, Rennae Stubbs, said Pratt. That was the point in time that came back to me all of a sudden you had these three young players vying for Fed Cup spots.
Its very similar to that. Probably its even more exciting to think who is under the three players we chose as well. Speaking girls vying for a spot in the team besides Ash Barty and Daria Gavrilova, Pratt said, We always had it in our mind that Astra Sharma was going to be going as orange girl, but the fact she stepped up and had a great summer, she really became a viable option for either singles or doubles.
Kim had a breakout summer, and Pri had been consistent all year with good results in singles and doubles, Pratt explained. We just thought, lets throw them all in there and see who steps up during the week.
And well decide our final team selection from there. This has been building for a while. As in, we knew these players were coming through.