Some amazing Fed Cup action this morning- First it was a Simona Halep led Romanian team that waltzed into Ostrava and became the first nation to beat the dynastic Czech Republic at home in a decade. And then a few hours later, the Aussie ladies made sure the Top 2 seeds were both out in the first round. Bloody brilliant.
Sunday’s play started with the tie even at 1-1, and Ash Barty dismantled World No.17 Madison Keys in straight sets to give the Aussies the advantage 2-1, and then Molik swapped out Kim Birrell for a winless Daria Gavrilova to play Australian Open semi-finalist Danielle Collins, and so we could hopefully find out who is the biggest headcase on the WTA Tour.
Despite Dasha taking a set off Collins, she went down 6-2 in the final set, and smashed a racquet to take back her title.
In the deciding doubles rubber, Molik threw another hand grenade in the mix: Ash Barty to play with debutante Priscilla Hon, Queen of the Desert. If it was a Davis Cup tie, I’d bet Lleyton would have thrown himself in with John Peers just because he could.
But holy toledo it bloody worked- it was like watching Margaret Court play with Judy Dalton (Not that I can claim that)- They won the first set against Collins and Nicole Mellichar 6-4, before the second set turned into a typical WTA breakfest, but the Aussies got the decisive break at 6-5, leaving Hon to serve out the tie… which she did. To love.
TL:DR- Bartys on fire, your backhand is terrified, Bartys on fire- Na na na na na na na, na na na na!