Fed Cup semi: Australia, Belarus tied 2-2 ahead of doubles

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Published 12:37 a.m. ET April 21, 2019 | Updated 2:11 a.m. ET April 21, 2019

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The Fed Cup semifinal between Australia and Belarus is going to a doubles decider.

Victoria Azarenka beat Australia’s Sam Stosur in the second reverse singles Sunday 6-1, 6-1 in 59 minutes to even the match at 2-2 on hard courts at Pat Rafter Arena.

In the second set, Azarenka went ahead 3-1 when Stosur double-faulted to set up break point.

Azarenka’s win was met with loud cheers from the small but noisy group of Belarusian fans waving their country’s red and green flag.

In the deciding doubles, Ashleigh Barty and Stosur were expected to play Vera Lapko and Lydziya Marosava of Belarus.

Earlier Sunday, Barty beat Aryna Sabalenka 6-2, 6-2 in the first reverse singles match to give Australia a 2-1 lead.

Barty is 20-3 in singles in 2019 and won the two-week Miami tournament. She made it to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and also won all three matches she played — two singles and doubles — in helping Australia beat the United States 3-2 in the previous round of the Fed Cup at Asheville, North Carolina.

On the first day, Barty beat regular doubles partner…

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