Ashleigh Barty-led Australia knock US out of Fed Cup

by Theguardian

Barty and Priscilla Hon win decisive doubles rubberAustralia set up semi-final clash with Belarus in April

Australia have defeated the United States in the Fed Cup with Ashleigh Barty and Priscilla Hon combining for a tense doubles victory to seal the world group tie in Asheville, North Carolina.

Barty and Hon beat Nicole Melichar and Danielle Collins 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday to clinch the tie 3-2 and set up a semi-final clash with Belarus in April. It is the first time since 2014 Australia have made the semi-finals.

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