Australia loses to Slovenia at Billie Jean King Cup but Storm Hunter gives hope after doubles win

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Storm Hunter has declared her pride as she stepped off a plane and onto the field to revive Australia’s ailing Billie Jean King Cup campaign.

Hunter flew to Seville from Cancun after contesting the doubles match at the WTA Finals, arriving just 90 minutes before the tie started on Tuesday.

The world number one doubles overcame both jet lag and the loss of her luggage to win a potentially crucial point for an Australian side that had already lost both singles matches to Slovenia.

Captain Alicia Molik’s reliance on the experience of Ajla Tomljanović and Daria Saville had backfired, with both players losing in straight sets, but Hunter teaming with Kim Birrell to win the doubles in a super tie-break.

It gave the Australians an invaluable lifeline despite losing their opening game 2-1, keeping their slim chances of reaching the semi-finals alive.

Australia must now beat Kazakhstan, including Wimbledon 2022 champion Elena Rybakina, on Thursday, hoping Kazakhstan then beats Slovenia on Friday.

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