ROUEN, France (Reuters) – Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic led France to their sixth Fed Cup final as they won the doubles to seal the two-time champions’ dramatic 3-2 victory over Romania in their semi-final on Sunday.
The two 25-year-olds defeated world number two Simona Halep and Monica Niculescu 5-7 6-3 6-4 to wrap up the tie in front of an enthusiastic home crowd in the Normandy city of Rouen, ending Romania’s dreams to reach their maiden final.
France - Competition - Australia - Nov
France, who won the competition in 1997 and 2003, will visit Australia in the Nov. 9-10 final.
Earlier on Sunday Australia, inspired by in-form Ashleigh Barty, defeated Belarus 3-2 in the other semi-final in Brisbane.
Halep - Niculescu - Fashion - Opening - Set
Halep and Niculescu began in dazzling fashion, taking the opening set but the French pair replied in style, leveling the score after striking 25 winners in the second set.
The French duo won on their first match point to seal the rubber and the tie as Niculescu thumped a service return into the net.
Garcia - Mladenovic - Time - Czech - Republic
Garcia and Mladenovic were playing together for the first time since they were defeated by the Czech Republic in the deciding doubles of the 2016 Fed Cup final.
“Every match was incredible,” said delighted France captain Julien Benneteau.
Intention - Captain
“It was always my intention as captain to put them...
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