Tennis: Australia beat Netherlands to return to Fed Cup World Group

Daria Gavrilova put Australia back into the World Group of the Fed Cup with a victory over Quirine Lemoine of the Netherlands in Wollongong on Sunday.

Tennis: Australia beat Netherlands to return to Fed Cup World Group
File photo of Daria Gavrilova (Reuters)

Wollongong: Daria Gavrilova put Australia back into the World Group of the Fed Cup with a victory over Quirine Lemoine of the Netherlands in Wollongong on Sunday.

The 24th-ranked Gavrilova, who replaced Saturday's losing team-mate Samantha Stosur, beat the 295th-ranked Lemoine 6-3, 6-2 in the fourth singles to give Australia an unassailable 3-1 lead.

"It feels amazing, I was super nervous. Just playing for your country is so much harder than playing in a normal tournament and I'm so thankful for the home support," Gavrilova said on court.

Australia's No.1 and 19th-ranked Ashleigh Barty had set up the victory with her second convincing win of the weekend, downing Lesley Kerkhove 6-4, 6-2 in the third singles rubber.

Australia were last in the elite group of the Fed Cup in 2015, while the Netherlands were trying to prolong their three-year stay in the top tier.

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