Stosur seals Fed Cup success
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:26
Taking a 2-0 lead into the second day, the Aussies clinched victory when world No.31 Samantha Stosur overpowered Swiss number one Stephanie Voegele 7-6 (7-2) 5-7 6-3.
“It is nice to finally be back in the World Group II and [we are] certainly looking forward to the next year to do even better,” Stosur said.
“I think we have great potential. When Casey [Dellacqua] gets back and if she can get herself back to where she was we will have three players almost in the top 50. That is what a lot of winning teams have got and there is no reason why we cannot be there with them.”
Jessica Moore, playing in just her second Fed Cup tie, earlier went down to 15-year-old debutant Mateja Kraljevic to give Switzerland its only rubber.
Jelena Dokic and Rennae Stubbs were leading Amra Sadikovic and Kraljevic 6-3 1-4 in the final rubber before bad light stopped play.
Fed Cup captain David Taylor said that the strength of the Australian team was its depth.
“You know Casey can’t play and we’ve still got our options there with Jelena and Sam so I think the strength is the depth and then I think someone like Sam’s leadership has really been good for the team and been good for us.” he said.
“[She] hasn’t lost a match this year in Fed Cup and I think one or two of our three girls will really step up and do some good things in tennis and then the other ones will be trying to catch them. So it’s a sort of success breeding success within the team.”
The official draw for the 2010 Fed Cup will take place on June 3 at Roland Garros.