The Bakery is open in Perth!
The first day of the Fed Cup Final between Australia and France has been left with all to play for on Sunday as the respective top seeds (Barty and Mladenovic) handed out thrashings.
Two matches were over and done with in 2 hours and 8 minutes of the finale and up first for the hosts was debutant Alja Tomljanovic.
There is a bit of controversy about this as Ajla has represented Croatia before back in 2011 and still got her appeal overturned by the ITF. This is a similar case to that of Bedene a few years ago who tried to represent Great Britain but the ITF turned it down.
As debut’s go, it couldn’t have gone worse. An immediate break of serve saw Ajla 0-3 down and went onto win just two games in a 6-1 6-1 thrashing by Kristina Mladenovic hitting two winners and seven double faults in the entire match as the Frenchwoman handed out a double breadstick.
World number one Ash Barty was up next and was in an unforgiving mood winning 6-0 6-0 in 56 minutes against Caroline Garcia going one better with the double bagel.
Caro has struggled for form this year and came to Perth with three wins in her last eleven.
Ash Barty v Kristina Mladenovic – top seeds battling to give their country a 2-1 lead.
Ajla Tomljanovic v Caroline Garcia – the two bakery victims from day one will need a big performance in what for one country will mean winning this tie would win the trophy.
Ash Barty & Sam Stosur v Caroline Garcia & Kristina Mladenovic – Kristina is fresh off another title win at the WTA Finals in doubles.
There is a possibility that nominations could change for both countries. Following Ajla and Caroline’s underwhelming performance.
France could call on Alize Cornet to replace Caroline Garcia and I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened.
Australia would usually call on Daria Gavrilova but the Australian has been left out to accommodate the Tomljanovic but is still watching at home;
Gavrilova I didn’t realise is down at 237 in the world and won just 7 of 27 matches this year.
Play on Sunday will begin at 11:00am local time which is 3:00am GMT and no matter what happens you can guarantee it will be special!