The Ipswich-born star had one of her biggest career wins at the Miami Open in March coming away with the trophy after a 7-6(1) 6-3 victory over Karolina Pliskova.

The result also saw her debut in the Top 10 for the first time in her career. 

"I think you have to take the confidence, that was one of the best weeks in my career and knowing that I struck the ball probably better than ever and played some really solid matches," Barty said.

It's been 26 years since Australia last played in a Fed Cup final but it was a loss which came against Spain in Frankfurt. 

Since then, the closest Australia has gone on to make another World Group final came in 2014 but they fell to Germany at the same venue they'll play Belarus at this weekend. In that tie, both Barty and Sam Stosur were part of the team alongside the now-retired Casey Dellacqua.

Despite how long it has been since making a final, Barty knows what kind of opportunity this is. 

"It's an opportunity for us to go out there and play the Australian way and fight to try to make the final," she said.

"These weeks in Fed Cup are special, you only get to do it a couple of times a year so for all of us it's about trying to make the most of the opportunity going out there enjoying it and then try to play our best tennis."

While Barty calls Queensland her home and trains out Tennyson, it's been over two years since she played in front of her home State's crowd.

She hoping for a big crowd at Pat Rafter Arena come April 20 and 21.

"It's been a while since I've played a competitive match here in Brisbane but there's certainly nothing better and hopefully, we can have a full crowd on the weekend and really fill that stadium," she said.

Barty could come up against doubles partner Victoria Azarenka in the tie with the duo coming together with Coco Vandeweghe out with an injury.

The pair, who are great friends, have played at both the Australian Open and more recently the Miami Open, making to the semi-finals of the later event.


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However, the 22-year-old isn't ready to push the friendship to one side yet.

"I think I'll park the friendship with her if she's on the other side of the net but outside of the court the relationship doesn't change whether it's a Fed Cup week, a tour week or practice week," Barty said.

Before speaking to media on Tuesday morning, Barty took time the time to answer questions and meet with a group of young players from the South West Indigenous Network (SWIN).

The organisation provides leadership, guidance, and support to the Indigenous communities of South West and South East Queensland through opportunities in sport, physical activities and recreation.

A proud Indigenous woman herself, Barty said organisations and programs like SWIN was something close to her heart.

"Evonne has been able to shape the programs across the country with help from Tennis Australia to give opportunities for indigenous youth to be introduced to tennis," she said.

"It's pretty amazing and brings a smile on my face every time I see it."