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Sport Mladenovic upsets Barty to give France 2-1 Fed Cup final lead

08:15  10 november  2019
08:15  10 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Kristina Mladenovic of France celebrates her victory against Ashleigh Barty of Australia with team's captain Julien Benneteau during the third rubber Perth, Australia - Kristina Mladenovic stunned world number one Ashleigh Barty in three sets to give France a 2 - 1 lead over Australia in the Fed Cup

Kristina Mladenovic stunned world number one Ashleigh Barty in three sets to give France a 2 - 1 lead over Australia in the Fed Cup final Sunday and inch them Barty continued when she left off after the "double bagel" of Garcia on Saturday and broke Mladenovic 's first service game with a net volley to

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Kristina Mladenovic stunned world number one Ashleigh Barty in three sets to give France a 2-1 lead over Australia in the Fed Cup final Sunday and inch them closer to a first title since 2003.

Barty has been in scintillating form, thrashing Caroline Garcia 6-0, 6-0 on Saturday after winning the WTA Finals in China last weekend.

But after Barty comfortably took the first set, 40th-ranked Mladenovic found her touch to claw back the second set and topple the Australian 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/1) at a packed Perth Arena.

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PERTH, Australia — Kristina Mladenovic inspired France to a drought-breaking Fed Cup triumph, a nail-biting 3-2 win in the final against She produced a herculean effort on the outdoor hard court after earlier Sunday upsetting the top-ranked Barty in a three-set thriller to move France into a 2 - 1 lead .

Sportwatch: France sink Barty and Stosur in Fed Cup final , WBBL, A-League - as it happened. Hosts Australia were challenging for a first Fed Cup title in 45 years but were on the back foot after world No 1 Barty lost 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1) to Mladenovic to give France a 2 - 1 lead in the tie.

"It's hard to speak," said an emotional Mladenovic afterwards as the tears flowed. "We (the team) kept on fighting for every point and that's the way I like to play my tennis."

a woman with a racket: Kristina Mladenovic of France reacts on a point against Ashleigh Barty of Australia during the third rubber of the Fed Cup tennis final match between Australia and France in Perth on November 10, 2019.© Tony Ashby Kristina Mladenovic of France reacts on a point against Ashleigh Barty of Australia during the third rubber of the Fed Cup tennis final match between Australia and France in Perth on November 10, 2019. Ajla Tomljanovic, who was crushed 6-1, 6-1 by Mladenovic in the first singles rubber, will play the experienced Pauline Parmentier later.

If Australia win that one, the final will go to a deciding doubles in which Barty and Samantha Stosur are scheduled to play Mladenovic and Garcia.

Australia are targeting an eighth title and first in 45 years, while France are seeking a third, and their first since 2003.

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MELBOURNE, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Kristina Mladenovic moved France in sight of a first Fed Cup title in 16 years by pulling off a brave 2-6 6-4 7-6(1) win Mladenovic 's inspired comeback win on the blue hardcourt hushed a heaving crowd of 13,841 at Perth Arena and gave France a precious 2 - 1 lead

Kristina Mladenovic stunned world number one Ashleigh Barty in three sets to give France a 2 - 1 lead over Australia in the Fed Cup final Sunday and inch them closer Barty has been in scintillating form, thrashing Caroline Garcia 6-0, 6-0 on Saturday after winning the WTA Finals in China last weekend.

Barty continued when she left off after the "double bagel" of Garcia on Saturday and broke Mladenovic's first service game with a net volley to extend her streak to  15 games this weekend .

Mladenovic held serve to end the Barty run and it became a closer affair before the Australian began forcing errors to break again and take the first set.

Barty's never-say-die attitude was on show in the opening game of the second set when she saved five break points.

But it was Mladenovic who worked the first crucial break with some top-quality passing shots, with a forehand long from Barty giving her a 5-4 lead.

She held her nerve to serve out the set in 53 titanic minutes.

Mladenovic, who beat Barty on clay in Rome earlier this year, was on a roll with the French star breaking then holding for a 3-1 third-set lead.

Stung, Barty rallied to break back for 3-3 but the errors again crept in and she was broken again.

Mladenovic lost her nerve serving for the match and the see-sawing set ultimately went to a tie break with Mladenovic coming out on top.

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