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Tennis: France Assert Fed Cup title with 3-2 Triumph over Australia

Last updated on November 12, 2019

France maintained their first Fed Cup title in 16 years on Sunday with a 3-2 victory after beating hosts Australia in the decisive doubles rubber in the last in Perth.

Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia held company in a tense decider to conquer Ash Barty and Sam Stosur 6-4 6-3 in Perth Arena and protected France’s third title in the women’s team event.

France hoists the Fed Cup trophy for the first time since 2003, when Amelie Mauresmo led the French into a 4-1 win in the USA at the last in Moscow.