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Sport France wins Fed Cup title, beating Australia 3-2 as Ash Barty, Sam Stosur lose decisive doubles

12:25  10 november  2019
12:25  10 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Ash Barty and Sam Stosur have combined to send Australia into the Fed Cup final after a heart-stopping deciding doubles win over Belarus on 3 - 2 .The Aussies will look to win their first Fed Cup title in 45 years after Barty powered the hosts Fed Cup winning streak to 14 and offered Stosur

Australia have progressed to the Fed Cup final for the first time since 1993, with Ash Barty and Sam Stosur proving victorious in a winner-takes-all doubles clash against Belarus. The marathon fixture carried on to the final leg after Stosur missed a chance to seal Australia 's place, dominated by

Australia's bid to end a 45-year sporting drought has ended in heartbreak, with France winning the Fed Cup final 3-2 in Perth.

Sam Stosur and Ash Barty fought hard for Australia, but could not win the deciding doubles in the Fed Cup final.© AAP: Richard Wainwright Sam Stosur and Ash Barty fought hard for Australia, but could not win the deciding doubles in the Fed Cup final. In front of a full house at Perth Arena, the Australians fell short, prolonging the wait for a first local victory in the competition since 1974.

World number one Ash Barty and Sam Stosur faced France's Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic in the decisive doubles rubber, but could not get the win, going down 6-4, 6-3.

Barty and Stosur broke in the opening game, but Garcia and Mladenovic levelled with a break of Stosur's serve at 2-2.

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The first day of the Fed Cup final delivered two lopsided rubbers as Ashleigh Barty and Kristina Mladenovic shone in the Perth sunshine. Barty is due to partner veteran Sam Stosur in the doubles , with Mladenovic and Garcia to team up for France . Related: 15 of the Most impressive World Records

The French were targeting Stosur, who was playing her first match of the final.

Games went with serve until Garcia and Mladenovic struck again in the 10th game, breaking Barty to win the first set 6-4.

The French kept things going in the second set, with Stosur broken in the second game to give the visitors a big advantage.

Garcia had three break points against her the following game, but the French held on to consolidate the break.

Time began to run out for the Australians, and despite their best efforts, Barty and Stosur could not get the break back.

Mladenovic held serve to complete the win, securing France's third Fed Cup title, and the country's first since 2003.

Day two of the final had begun at Perth Arena with the two teams level at 1-1 — but the French took the lead, when Barty was beaten by France's Mladenovic in three sets.

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With Fed Cup veteran Sam Stosur overlooked for the singles, Molik's gamble backfired as Croatia-born Tomljanovic, who became eligible to represent Australia only a month ago, quickly crumbled under pressure. Mladenovic broke her early in a barrage of power hitting and wrapped up the first set in 38

Australia 's ever-dependable Ash Barty doled out the dreaded double -bagel to Caroline Garcia, levelling the Fed Cup final at 1-1 against France after the With Fed Cup veteran Sam Stosur overlooked for the singles, Molik's gamble backfired as Croatia-born Tomljanovic, who became

Then Fed Cup debutant Ajla Tomljanovic bounced back from a big loss on day one to defeat Pauline Parmentier in straight sets to level the final once more.

On day one of competition, France had taken the early advantage when Mladenovic dismantled Tomlanovic 6-1, 6-1, but Barty produced an almost perfect performance to deny Caroline Garcia a single game, winning 6-0, 6-0 to level the tie.

Ash Barty led early but could not close things out, losing a three-set epic to France's Kristina Mladenovic.© AAP Gary Day Ash Barty led early but could not close things out, losing a three-set epic to France's Kristina Mladenovic. Day two started with an epic between Barty and Mladenovic.

The world number one broke the Frenchwoman in game two and took control, racing to a 5-2 lead in the first set.

Two quick errors brought Mladenovic back to deuce in the eighth game, and then a brilliant cross-court forehand from Barty set up set-point.

The Australian hit a fierce dipping return of serve that Mladenovic could only tip into the net — the first set was Barty's 6-2, after 34 minutes.

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MELBOURNE - Australia 's ever-dependable Ash Barty doled out the dreaded double -bagel to Caroline Garcia, levelling the Fed Cup final at 1-1 against France after the opening With Fed Cup veteran Sam Stosur overlooked for the singles, Molik's gamble backfired as Croatia-born Tomljanovic

World number one Ash Barty has produced a stunning result to draw Australia level in the Fed Cup final. She won 90% of points on her first serve, won If the tie remains 2 - 2 after those two matches, Barty will partner Sam Stosur in the doubles , and they will take on Mladenovic and Garcia for France .

Barty went to four deuces before holding for 1-0 in the second set. Games then went with serve.

Mladenovic went up 0-30 in the seventh game — however Barty went on to hold, fist-pumping as she went off court.

Barty forced two break points in the next game but netted returns on both opportunities as Mladenovic held on for 4-4.

The advantage swung to the Frenchwoman minutes later, as Mladenovic forced an error from Barty to grab the break for a 5-4 lead.

Mladenovic then quietened the crowd, holding serve to level the match at one set apiece.

Games went on serve to start the final set, but Mladenovic broke Barty to lead 2-1.

The Australian then had three break point opportunities in the sixth game — she missed the first two before a Mladenovic error made it 3-3 as the crowd erupted.

Games went on serve to 4-4, but it fell apart for Barty in the ninth game, as she was broken to love.

Mladenovic came out to serve for the match, but the adrenaline pushed her swinging volley long for 0-15.

Barty took advantage, pushing her opponent round the court to get to three break points. She needed one, levelling at 5-5.

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Ash Barty and Sam Stosur have combined to send Australia into the Fed Cup final after a heart-stopping deciding doubles win over Belarus on Sunday The Aussies will look to win their first Fed Cup title in 45 years after Barty powered the hosts to a thrilling 3 - 2 victory against Belarus in Brisbane.

Ashleigh Barty and Kristina Mladenovic came out firing on Day 1 of the Fed Cup final on Saturday, recording impressive straight-sets wins to leave After Mladenovic jumped out to a 3 -0, double -break lead, Tomljanovic looked like she might claw her way back into the match, getting one of the breaks

The Australian double faulted in the next game to bring up break point, but recovered with an ace down the T.

Mladenovic answered with a brilliant dipping return that forced an error, but Barty saved the second break point with a great serve before winning the game with an incredible stop volley to hold for 6-5.

The set went to a tie-break. Mladenovic took the early mini-break, but Barty answered immediately for 1-1.

The Frenchwoman then hooked a forehand winner to break for 3-1, and a Barty error made things harder for Australia, as the French fans chanted "Kiki!".

An ace to Mladenovic made it five match points at 6-1, and then she forced one final error from the Australian to clinch the match 2-6, 6-4, 7-6.

Tomjlanovic hits back for the Aussies

The win was a big blow to Australia's chances, and French tennis player Lucas Pouille was one who posted on social media congratulating Mladenovic.

There was drama ahead of the fourth rubber, as Australia opted to keep Tomljanovic in place for the reverse singles despite her nervous performance on Saturday.

The French team, on the other hand, chose to replace Garcia with 33-year-old veteran Pauline Parmentier, the world number 122.

Tomljanovic had admitted to feeling nerves against Mladenovic in her Fed Cup debut for Australia.

Now the pressure was on her to keep Australia's hopes alive.

Tomljanovic held her opening few service games as the crowd got right behind her.

Parmentier did likewise, and games went on serve until the 10th game of the match.

The Australian won consecutive points to get to 15-40 and two set points. Parmentier saved one, but not the second, as Tomljanovic sealed the first set in 41 minutes.

The second set was tight until Tomljanovic made the breakthrough, breaking Parmentier to lead 4-2.

The experience of the French player told, as she broke straight back and then held for 4-4.

The tension rose as Parmentier raised the pressure on the Australian, but Tomljanovic held for 6-5, and then with the crowd roaring her home, she set up two match points.

Parmentier served down the middle, Tomljanovic rifled a two-handed backhand close to the baseline, jamming her opponent who could only hit the net with her return.

Australia rallies to level Fed Cup final at 2-2 .
PERTH, Australia (AP) The Fed Cup final between Australia and France is going to a doubles decider after Ajla Tomljanovic beat Pauline Parmentier in the second reverse singles to level the tie at 2-2. World No. 51 Tomljanovic impressively rebounded from a dispiriting performance in her Australian Fed Cup debut on Saturday against Kristina Mladenovic to record a 6-4, 7-5 victory in one hour and 33 minutes at Perth Arena.© APWF Australia's Ash Barty plays a shot to France's Kristina Mladenovic during their Fed Cup tennis final in Perth, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019.

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