Storm Hunter ruled out of Billie Jean King Cup clash with Mexico after an ankle injury

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Daria Saville was called in to replace Storm Hunter in Friday’s opening singles matches of the Billie Jean King Cup clash with Mexico in Brisbane after the left-hander suffered a “very serious” ankle injury as the Australian team rounded out its preparation.

Hunter, who was Australia’s No.2 player, picked up the injury towards the end of a practice session against Arina Rodionova on Thursday night at Pat Rafter Arena.

It’s a shocking blow for the Queenslander who was the face of the event in her home state and pending scans the injury could have longer term impacts on her push to try and get inside the world’s top 100.

“Storm went to take off for a ball and unfortunately has sustained a very serious injury, so she’s going to be getting an MRI tonight,” Stosur said.

“Obviously the tie still continues and we’ve made a decision. Dasha’s going to go in place of her to play tomorrow, but obviously we’re all rallying behind Storm and wishing her the very, very best and the quickest recovery possible.”

Hunter, who ended 2023 as the No.1 doubles player in the world, will also have to replaced in the doubles in Brisbane.

Saville will face Marcela Zacarias following Rodionova’s opening clash against Giuliana Olmos on Friday.

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