BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Andrea Petkovic and Angelique Kerber had straight-set wins on Saturday to give Germany a 2-0 lead over Australia in their Fed Cup semifinal and primed to reach its first final in 21 years.
Petkovic opened with a 6-1, 7-6 (7) win over Sam Stosur while top-ranked German player Kerber had little difficulty beating Casey Dellacqua 6-1, 6-0 in 51 minutes on outdoor hard courts at Pat Rafter Arena.
The reverse singles will be played on Sunday, followed by doubles.
Ashleigh Barty and Dellacqua, who reached three Grand Slam doubles finals last year, are expected to play doubles for Australia. But unless Stosur and Dellacqua both win their reverse singles matches against Kerber and Petkovic respectively, the doubles match will be meaningless.
Germany is trying to reach its first Fed Cup final since 1992, when it beat Spain for the title with now-captain Barbara Rittner in the side.
"I am very proud of my team, they played two great matches," Rittner said. "The first was a lot closer than it looked, and the second Angelique just played a great match. I didn't expect us to be up 2-0 , I just wished ..."
Stosur once again had difficulty playing before her home crowd, where she admits she feels extra pressure. But the 2011 U.S. Open champion and 2010 French Open finalist is having a tough time everywhere this year, only making it past the third round at one tournament.
"I was kind of nervous but I just got through it," Petkovic said.
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