CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –Fresh off a semifinals appearance at the Australian Open in January, former Virginia women’s tennis standout Danielle Collins has been selected to represent the United States as part of the Fed Cup team this weekend in Asheville, N.C.
Collins moved up to a world ranking of No. 23 after her run at the Australian Open and is a part of a team that feature No. 17 Madison Keyes, No. 36 Sofia Kenin and doubles No. 13 Nicole Melichar in the first-round matchup against Australia. Play will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the U.S. Cellular Center.
Play will begin at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s two singles matches will pit each country’s No. 1 player against the other’s No. 2. Sunday will feature the two reverse singles matches – No. 1 vs. No. 1; No. 2 vs. No. 2 – followed by a possible fifth-and-decisive doubles match. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match. The matchups and order of play for the weekend’s matches will be determined at the official draw ceremony, which will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, February 8, in the U.S. Cellular Center lobby.
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com. Tennis Channel and Stadium will present live daily coverage nationally in the U.S., while WLOS-TV will carry the matches locally in Asheville.
The U.S. is 9-5 all-time vs. the Aussies and won their last meeting, 4-0, in the 2016 World Group Playoff. Prior to that, the two countries hadn’t met in Fed Cup since 1985. The winner of this matchup will advance to the Semifinals April 20-21 to play the winner of Germany and Belarus.