The Fed Cup clash between Australia and the US will be decided by the final doubles rubber.

Ashleigh Barty had defeated America’s Madison Keys in straight sets to put Australia up 2-1 in the Fed Cup world group but Daria Gavrilova lost later in the day to Danielle Collins.

Barty and Gavrilova are slated to play Nicole Melichar and Collins in doubles but the teams can alter their line-ups in the first round clash in Asheville, North Carolina.

Australia need victory in Sunday’s (US time) remaining rubber for the upset win over the US and move into the world group semi-finals against Belarus in April. Barty overcame a shaky start to steamroll Keys 6-4 6-1.

Ash Barty beat Madison Keys in straight sets. Picture: Grant Halverson/Getty Images/AFP
Ash Barty beat Madison Keys in straight sets. Picture: Grant Halverson/Getty Images/AFPSource: AFP



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