The 2019 Fed Cup came down to the decisive fifth rubber with France stunning the home favorite Australia team 3-2 taking the doubles.
France’s Carolina Garcia and Kiki Mladenovic overpowered Ash Barty and Sam Stosur 6-4, 6-3 to capture their third Fed Cup title and first in 16 years since 2003.
“I’m not sure I’ve completely realized, because it’s been a crazy weekend for everyone,” Garcia said. “The doubles went very fast, but we played every point so focused, and we played a great match and it was very tense.”
The two countries were dead-even 1-1 after Saturday play with Mladenovic beating Ajla Tomljanovic and Barty blowing out Garcia 6-0, 6-0.
On Sunday, Mladenovic, who finished 3-0, proved the best player stunning Barty in a final set breaker.
Tomljanovic avoided elimination by forcing a decider with an edgy 6-4, 7-5 victory over Garcia’s replacement Pauline Parmentier.
“It’s lots of emotions to share this with Caro after three years ago we failed on the last step of the tie,” Mladenovic said. “Today we just wanted to play for a little revenge for ourselves, and it’s just not describable how we feel right now.”
FRANCE defeated AUSTRALIA 3-2
Venue: RAC Arena, Perth, AUS (hard – outdoor)
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 6-1 6-1
Ashleigh Barty (AUS) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 6-0 6-0
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 2-6 6-4 7-6(1)
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 6-4 7-5
Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Ashleigh Barty/Samantha Stosur (AUS) 6-4 6-3
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