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Melbourne to host Fed Cup tie
11:19 AEST Tue Mar 8 2011

A star-studded Australian lineup will host Ukraine in Melbourne in April on clay as they bid to regain their spot in the World Group of the Fed Cup.

The April 16-17 play-off tie will be held at the Glen Iris Valley Recreation Club in suburban Melbourne.

The en-tout-cas courts at Glen Iris will be converted to clay for the tie.

Australia will start the tie as heavy favourites with four singles players ranked inside the world top 100, headed by No.4 Samantha Stosur.

The other singles options for captain David Taylor are Jarmila Groth (No.30), Jelena Dokic (No.61) and Anastasia Rodionova (No.72).

Dokic is coming off her first WTA title win in nine years at the Malaysian Open on Sunday.

Ukraine's leading players are sisters Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko.

Australia were beaten by Italy in their World Group quarter-final in Hobart in February, while Ukraine advanced to the playoff by beating Sweden 3-2 in the qualifying round.

Australia beat Ukraine 5-0 last year to progress to the World Group for the first time since 2004.


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