Well, this is on this weekend. Ash Barty is hosting Belarus with all there guns in Brisbane. 1pm it starts tmw. Hope Brisbane gets around it
Lets be honest. Ash Barty will have to do everything herself here. Huge effort required against a very strong Belarus with Azarenka, Sabelenka, Lapko and Sanovich(who has a very good record in Brisbane)
Good news, Sam is back so if we can get this to the doubles, then we are a huge chance. Barty and Stosur could be a number 1 ranked doubles team. In saying that, even that will be tough. We have seen Sabelenka in doubles with Mertens and that combo could easily make the End of year finals.
In the other semi, Halep led Romania v France. Should be a ripping tie as well. France has Garcia, Cornet and Kiki. Romania has Begu, Buzărnescu and Niculescu, who are all decent and could snatch a game from the French on their day. Still, think Halep needs to win both games as France should win the doubles due to Kiki/Garica
Elsewhere in WG I
Georges Germany v Ostapenko Latvia has just started in Riga. Latvia will lack depth as they are having to play people ranked in the 500's. S
Belgium is missing Mertens and so will lose to Spain with CSN and Mug.
Both the Czechs and Candanians are missing their big names. so who cares.
Us have Keys and Stephens. The Swiss don't have Bencic. So, one winner here as well.
WGII has Italy v Russia,
Japan v The Netherlands
UK v Kazakstan
Slovakia v Brazil.(and yes, Schmieds is named)