Ashleigh Barty stars as Australia beat Ukraine 3-2

Marta Kostyuk was dictating play well today

Marta Kostyuk was dictating play well today

Casey Dellacqua has helped deliver a Fed Cup victory for Australia on her 33rd birthday, teaming up with Ashleigh Barty to win the deciding doubles match against Ukraine in Canberra on Sunday.

Dellacqua and Barty defeated sisters Lyudmyla and Nadiia Kichenok 6-3, 6-4 in a strong performance to seal a 3-2 win in the tie.

The win moves Australia the World Group playoffs later this year, leaving it one win away from the Fed Cup's top-eight nations for the first time since 2015. She put Australia ahead by beating Lyudmyla Kichenok 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the opening rubber on Saturday, then reclaimed the lead Sunday with 6-2, 6-3 win over the 15-year-old rising star Marta Kostyuk.

Australia are now in the World Group II of the Fed Cup and a win over the Ukraine will put them into the second round.

Barty and Dellacqua were then dominant in winning the doubles in 65 minutes.

Ukraine captain Mikhael Filima pulled off a tactical coup when he subbed in unranked Nadiia Kichenok in place of her twin sister in the second reverse singles Sunday and Kichenok went on to upset Gavrilova 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

After a "shocker" in her singles loss on Friday against Marta Kostyuk, Gavrilova failed to recompose herself in a three-set, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 loss to the doubles specialist, nearly a year since Kichenok's last competitive singles appearance.

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