The Tricolores won their third Fed Cup Sunday in Perth against Australia after the double (3-2), thanks to the victory of the pair Mladenovic-Garcia against the duo Barty-Stosur (6-4, 6- 3).
Defeated by Czechs Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova in the decisive double of their last Fed Cup final (7-5, 7-5), in 2016 in Strasbourg, Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia did not want to cry, this time. Or joy.
And it was wide smiles that illuminated the faces of these former "enemies" Sunday in Perth, where they dominated Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur (6-4, 6-3), bringing the third point to the team. France, crowned for the third time in the competition after the successes of 1997 and 2003, for this last edition in the current formula. This Australian land is definitely doing well in French tennis, 18 years after the boys' triumph in the Davis Cup.
An end of the season in apotheosis for players who have suffered throughout the year on the individual level and occupy the 40th (Mladenovic) and 45th ranks (Garcia) in the WTA ranking. Except in doubles, "Kiki", who has achieved an exceptional weekend, is second in the world and has just won with Timea Babos, the Masters. And after her heroic victory a little earlier against Barty, world number one in singles, she was able to bring all its science of discipline and its serenity while Garcia, swept the day before by the same Barty, is gradually rising in power.
The feat of "Kiki"
An entry breaker immediately sanctioned the Tricolores, before they come back to 2-2 thanks to a white break. They would not concede a single break point and converted their first chance to win the first round (6-4). The second act started perfectly since they stood out to lead 3-0, thus chaining a fifth game in a row. And after having the opportunity to conclude at 5-2, with two match points on the service of Barty, they ended up concluding the next game.
This away title is therefore dedicated to the players of Julien Benneteau, who saw the victory earlier in the day, after the feat of Mladenovic against Barty (2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1 )). Except that Parmentier, preferred to Garcia, could not tame Ajla Tomljanovic (6-4, 7-5). But the result was all the more beautiful for these Blue supported by an imposing – and noisy – French colony.
THEY'VE DONE IT!
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