Croatian born Ajla Tomljanovic switched her allegiances to Australia in 2014 and now calls Brisbane home.
Tomljanovic had hoped to play for her adopted country in Fed Cup after becoming a citizen in January 2018, however, this was blocked by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) after they made a ruling that prevents players from playing for more than one country.
The 26-year-old had played for Croatia as a teenager. The ITF ruled in 2015 that players could not represent more than one nation in team events.
Tomljanovic launched an appeal on the basis that she applied for her Australian passport before that rule was introduced.
Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik now has the option to select Tomljanovic for the final although it is not certain despite her being the second-ranked Australian female behind world no. 1 Ash Barty.
“It’s a great result for Ajla to finally be cleared to play,” Molik said.
“It opens up another brilliant option for us. She’s always represented Australia well so that’s something I’m looking at closely.”
Sam Stosur is also being considered due to her experience.
The 2011 US Open champion has won the most Fed Cup singles rubbers of any Australian player.
“Sometimes you have to look past rankings and you have to go to experience,“ Molik said.
“You have to go to players who have been there, done that, won’t be afraid of the stage and know how to handle finals.
“At times, it’s also good to throw in someone new who’s exciting and just so desperate and eager to play.
“That’s why it’s so important to spend so much time with the players through the week and get a handle on how they’re feeling about it all.”
Tomljanovic is currently ranked at no. 51, Stosur is at no. 91, Astra Sharma at no. 102 and Priscilla Hon at no. 118.
Hon teamed up with Barty to help Australia advance past the USA earlier in the year.