Gavrilova faces Keys first up in Australia vs USA Fed Cup clash

Daria Gavrilova of Australia hits a return during a WTA Dubai Open tournament match, on February 16, 2016
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Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – Russian-born Daria Gavrilova will open Australia’s Fed Cup tie with the United States against Madison Keys on Saturday in her debut outing for her adopted country.

The 22-year-old, a breakout star at this year’s Australian Open, gets the tie under way on a purpose-built clay court at Pat Rafter Arena for the right to return to the elite World Group.

Fed Cup veteran Samantha Stosur will face Christina McHale in Saturday’s other match, with the world number 57 selected despite being ranked lower than compatriot Coco Vandeweghe.

Sunday sees the reverse singles rubbers and the doubles.

Australian captain Alicia Molik has put forward Casey Dellacqua and Stosur in her doubles line-up, while USA skipper Mary Joe Fernandez has opted for the formidable duo of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Vandeweghe.

Saturday

Daria Gavrilova (AUS) v Madison Keys (USA)

Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Christina McHale (USA)

Sunday

Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Madison Keys

Daria Gavrilova (AUS) v Christina McHale

Casey Dellacqua/Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Coco Vandeweghe (USA)

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