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Aussie 48-year successful drought continues

Aussie 48-year successful drought continues


Australian captain Alicia Molik has vowed to “get again and go one higher” after being defeated within the ultimate of the Billie Jean King Cup for the second time in 4 years.

Searching for a primary win within the workforce competitors, beforehand often called the Federation Cup and Fed Cup since 1974, Molik’s workforce had been soundly defeated within the ultimate 2-0 by Switzerland in Sunday’s showdown in Scotland.

It was a repeat of final 12 months’s semi-final that was dominated by the Swiss as each Australian No.1 Ajla Tomljanovic and Storm Sanders, who had produced some critical heroics within the occasion, misplaced their singles clashes on the Emirates Enviornment.

Tomljanovic was no match for world No.12 Belinda Bencic in a 6-2 6-1 defeat that ended Australia’s probabilities of victory following Sanders’ 6-3 4-6 6-3 loss to fellow left-hander Jil Teichmann.

“We wish to get again and go one higher,” Molik stated after the defeat.

“We’ve had two finals in 4 years and you must hold chipping away, you’ll be able to’t be despondent.”

With the doubles not wanted, Australian veteran Sam Stosur missed the prospect to win a title she has spent 19 years making an attempt to seize.

Regardless of the loss, Molik praised the “heroic” efforts of Sanders who had spent greater than 11 hours on courtroom through the occasion, together with two hours and 27 minutes within the ultimate conflict.

“It was heroic. An instance was the group when Storm went as much as gather her medal; they recognised an important fighter, she left all the things on the market,” Molik stated.

Australia‘s hopes then rested with No.1 Tomljanovic, however as within the semi-final final 12 months, she was outplayed by Olympic champion Bencic, who sealed a primary win within the occasion for her nation.