France returns to the final, which will be played against Australia

France, with the help of Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic, won in the final point to Romania to return, three years later, to the final of the Federation Cup.


France, led by Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic, won the final point in Romania in Rouen to return, three years later, to the final of the Federation Cup, which will be played against Australia. The French team sealed the presence in the sixth final of their history at the expense of the Romanian team, who wanted to bid for this tournament for the first time. It was not enough for Romania with the effort of Simona Halep, who won her two singles matches. France, who was part-time with one foot in the elimination, after Halep beat Garcia in the first inning (6-7 (6), 6-3 and 6-4), rallied. It was Pauline Parmentier who took responsibility to the detriment of Kristina Mladenovic, who lost her individual match on Saturday. Parmentier beat Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 and matched the series. Everything was in the hands of the doubles match, where Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic turned the initial handicap on the scoreboard. Halep and Monica Niculescu won the first set but after that they could not avoid the defeat (5-7, 6-3 and 6-4) that brought France to victory. It will be the sixth final for the French team coached by Julien Benneteau. He won two, in 1997, against the Netherlands, and in 2003, against the United States. And he has lost three others. In 2004 and 2005, against Russia, and the most recent, in 2016 against the Czech Republic. On this occasion, he will play as a visitor in the November match against Australia, which was previously imposed on Belarus. After the 1-1 of the Saturday, Ashleigh Barty scored his second point and that of Australia by beating Aryna Sabalenka by a double 6-2. But Victoria Azarenka restored equality by beating Samantha Stosur by a double and clear 6-1. Everything was then in charge of the double, which played Barty and Stosur against Azarenka and Sabalenka. The Pat Rafter pavilion in Brisbane suffered for almost two hours to finally celebrate the victory of the 'aussies' by 7-5, 3-6 and 6-2. It will be the eighteenth final for the oceanic team that has seven trophies but has a dozen defeats. It will be the first final in twenty-six years for Australia. Then, in 1993 he lost to Spain. More time ago of his last title, in 1974, after overcoming the United States.



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