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Victory complete, Stosur hints at away Fed Cup semi

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Sam Stosur has hinted Australia would be best served by giving up home-court advantage if they earn it for the Fed Cup semi-finals.

Australia progressed to their first semi-final in the competition since 1993 with a 4-0 world group first-round victory over Russia in Hobart.

A home tie beckons if Germany, up 2-0, go on to beat Slovakia under the Fed Cup’s home-and-away conventions.

But Stosur, who disposed of world No.158 Victoria Kan 6-2 6-3 on Sunday, suggested her availability could depend on the location of the semi-final.

“It would be nice if it was in Europe, I guess for my own selfish reasons,” the world No.16 told reporters.

“I guess everybody else would also be heading to Europe.

“We’ll see what happens first with the draw and then we’ll go from there.”

The semi-finals are scheduled for April 19-20, finishing a day before the $710,000 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.

It wouldn’t be the first time Australia agreed to move a tie from home soil; the world group play-off against Switzerland last year was moved to Chiasso.

Australia won that tie 3-1.

Should Slovakia bounce back and beat Germany, the semi would be played in Europe.

“Last time we played Germany we played in Germany and had a great win as well,” Stosur said.

“That was a fantastic result.

“If Slovakia come back and win they’ve got very tough players; Cibulkova just made the final of the Australian Open.

“The German team have got really good depth.”

Stosur pummelled her 18-year-old opponent in less than an hour after Russia rejigged their line-up to send their highest-ranked player into reverse singles action.

Stosur won 24 of 25 points on her first serve, including 11 aces, in a clinical performance after Australia had led 2-0 after day one.

“I don’t know if we could have hoped for anything better,” Stosur said.

“To win 3-0, it’s very satisfying.

“We’ve kind of done this bounce between (groups) for a little while so for now to progress and now be in the semis, it’s a great feeling.”

Australia last played a Fed Cup semi-final in 1993 when they went all the way to a decider against Spain.

The win over Russia is their first since 1983 as they eye a first Fed Cup victory in 40 years.

With the second reverse singles called off, Australian pair Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty ensured a 4-0 result with a 6-1 6-3 victory in the doubles over Irina Khromacheva and Valeria Solovyeva.