Fed Cup Final 2019: Alica Molik says Australia will come out 'stronger, more resilient and more prepared' after defeat to France
Australian captain Alicia Molik put a brave face on their Fed Cup defeat to France Sunday, insisting they will use it as fuel to finally snap a streak of nine final losses.
Fed Cup Final 2019: Ashleigh Barty makes it 1-1 for Australia with commanding win over France’s Caroline Garcia
World No 1 Ashleigh Barty emphatically hauled Australia back into contention in the Fed Cup Final on Saturday, crushing Caroline Garcia 6-0, 6-0 after France's Kristina Mladenovic whipped her teammate Ajla Tomljanovic
Fed Cup Final 2019: Ajla Tomljanovic to face Kristina Mladenovic first in role reversal between Australia and France
Picking Ajla Tomljanovic was a bold move as Australia bid for a first title in 45 years, with Stosur her country's most successful ever singles player, spanning 16 years of Fed Cup action.
Fed Cup Final 2019: World No 1 Ashleigh Barty gunning to help seven-time champions Australia win first title since 1974
While it is Australia's first final of the Fed Cup since 1993, France made the decider three years ago, losing 3-2 to the Czech Republic
Australia powered into its first Fed Cup final since 1993 with Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur clinching the deciding fifth rubber against Belarus.