BARCELONA, SPAIN: The Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals, the world team championships for players aged 16 & under, get underway in Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday.
The Junior Fed Cup sees the return of Russia. The 2009 & 2010 champion failed to qualify in 2011 but returns this year with a very competitive team consisting of the trio of Elizaveta Kulichkova, the current junior world number seven, Alina Silich and Daria Kasatkina.
Russia will face very strong competition from a USA team containing the current junior world number one, Taylor Townsend. Townsend has had a phenomenal year, winning singles and doubles at the Australian Open before claiming the doubles titles at Wimbledon and the US Open.
Townsend’s doubles partner for each of those Grand Slam titles is her USA teammate Gabrielle Andrews. Louisa Chirico, who holds a WTA ranking of 321, the highest in the competition, completes the team captained by Kathy Rinaldi.
Current champion Australia, spearheaded by the young talent Naiktha Bains, will face strong competition from a number of other teams, notably China who defeated Australia in the Asia/Oceania qualifying event.
South American champion Brazil will also look to go deep into the draw as will Germany, which counts junior number four Antonia Lottner in its team. This year’s event also welcomes Latvia, competing in its first ever Junior Fed Cup Final.
The draw and opening ceremony will take place on Monday from 1.00pm. Play will commence at 10.00am on Tuesday 25th September.