France won the Tennis Federation Cup (Fed Cup) by defeating Australia 3-2 thanks to the victory of the pair Kristina Mladenovic / Caroline Garcia against the local couple Ashleigh Barty / Samantha Stosur in the last match of the final, played this Sunday in Perth.
In the doubles match, the French couple won two sets, 6-4 and 6-3. This is the third title of the French country in the contest, after the trophies raised in 1997 and 2003. In addition, he had lost the finals of 2004, 2005 and 2016.
“I find it hard to realize what we have achieved, because in 36 hours I have been through many emotions but we said we were going to win it all together and we have done it ”said Garcia, who had started the series losing the doubles by a double 6-0 against Barty.
"I gave it my all, I am completely exhausted, it was not easy, I fought, I worked … This weekend in Australia and the whole campaign has been a great example of teamwork," added Mladenovic, the total protagonist of the win, to participate in the three victories.
With a 1-1 draw after the first day, the Bleus they took the lead this sunday with the Mladenovic victory (40th WTA) over world number 1 Barty, winner of Roland Garros and the recent Masters, after two hours of combat (2-6, 6-4 and 7-6 (7/1).
Theno Australia equaled quickly, with the 6-4 and 7-5 triumph of its number 2, Ajla Tomljanovic (51st) over Pauline Parmentier (122nd), preferred by coach Julien Benneteau to his number 2, Garcia (45th WTA).
Associated in the decisive doubles, Mladenovic and Garcia gave up the start service before taking command of the game and imposing themselves in just over an hour.
– Results of the final of the Fede Cup:
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) beats Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 6-1, 6-1
Ashleigh Barty (AUS) to Caroline Garcia (FRA) 6-0, 6-0
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) to Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/1)
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) to Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 6-4, 7-5
Caroline Garcia / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) to Ashleigh Barty / Samantha Stosur (AUS) 6-4, 6-3