Australia has won the Fed Cup title on seven occasions, but the last triumph for the Aussies was almost 45 years ago.
Australia's No. 1 player, Barty will spearhead her team's campaign for the title, with captain Alicia Molik naming Ajla Tomljanovic to make her debut as Australia's second singles player, while Sam Stosur will pair up with Barty in the doubles if the tie gets to the final match. "Now we're here and we've got this opportunity". I'll be on the sideline with the rest of the girls cheering on Ajla and Ash [Barty] tomorrow and doing whatever we can to contribute to their performance on court.
"All of us want to put our hand up for any match and we're all out preparing as if we will be playing but nobody has been given the nod just yet", said the 35-year-old, who has won 37 Fed Cup rubbers.
"But for sure, I have a lot of options for singles and doubles".More news: OnePlus 8 Pro Might Feature A Display With 120Hz Refresh Rate
"It's a format that I love, I cherish it".
After such a memorable year and with a chance to add her name to further Australian tennis history, this is a weekend Barty will treasure. She however is concerned about one player in the French roster - Kristina Mladenovic.
"We know each other's games really well".
However, her work at Fed Cup level can not be ignored. Her work was acknowledged by the ITF, which presented her with an award ahead of the final draw on Friday.
But she has been struggling over recent times, in contrast to Croatian-born Tomljanovic, who only recently became eligible for Australia, who has had a good year and spent most of it inside the world's top 50.More news: Danny Murphy highlights surprise Chelsea star for praise after Crystal Palace win
Beginning her year in Perth at the Hopman Cup, Barty's season will come full circle when she takes to the court at RAC Arena.
"It is an awesome achievement to be involved in a Fed Cup Final, but we don't just want to make the final".
"I don't think anything out there or anything in the media, any particular headline, can really distract us from what we're trying to achieve this weekend".
Each equally Barty, who gained final weekend's WTA Finals in China, and Stosur and Mladenovic/Garcia acquired a few-established dwell fifth doubles matches in April's semifinals to ship their worldwide locations to the last word. "I've had some great moments in my career individually, but I think it's something very different playing as part of a team and as part of a competition like this, it would definitely be right up with one of the highlights of my career and something I'd always remember".More news: France claim Fed Cup after decisive doubles win by Garcia and Mladenovic