Ashleigh Barty will hope to lead Australia to the Fed Cup title ©Getty Images

Australia will aim to secure their first Fed Cup title since 1974 when they host France in the final in Perth this weekend.

The hosts have eliminated the United States and Belarus, the tournament second and third seeds, during their run to the final.

Their challenge has been led by world number one Ashleigh Barty, who is due to feature in two singles matches and the doubles during the final.

Barty is the first world number one to feature in a Fed Cup Final since Martina Hingis in 1998 and will look to extend an unbeaten streak of 14 matches in the competition.

The Australian’s last defeat in the Fed Cup came back in 2017.

She will hope to end Australia’s run of eight consecutive defeats in Fed Cup finals since they won the competition for the seventh time back in 1974.

France are seeking a third triumph in the final, with their last success coming in 2003.

Their hopes rest with Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia, who will team up in the doubles as well as contesting the singles matches.

Mladenovic will feature in the opening singles match tomorrow against Australia’s Fed Cup debutant Ajla Tomljanovic at the Heath Ledger Theatre in Perth.

Australia and France will contest the two-day Fed Cup final ©Getty Images
Australia and France will contest the two-day Fed Cup final ©Getty Images

Garcia then faces world number one Barty in the second singles rubber of the day.

The reverse singles matches will take place on Sunday (November 10), with coaches able to change their nominations for the ties.

The doubles match will follow, where Barty and Samantha Stosur will play Garcia and Mladenovic.

It will be the last Fed Cup in the current format as a 12-team Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals, held over one week in Budapest, will be introduced next year,

The event will take place in Hungary’s capital from April 14 to 19.

Australia and France qualify automatically as this year’s finalists, along with hosts Hungary.

Czech Republic have been selected as the wild card nation, while the remaining eight places will be the winners of eight Fed Cup qualifiers held in February.