MELBOURNE (Information) – Kristina Mladenovic moved France in sight of a primary Fed Cup title in 16 years by pulling off a courageous 2-6 6-Four 7-6(1) win over world primary Ash Barty within the first reverse singles of the ultimate in opposition to Australia on Sunday.
Mladenovic’s impressed comeback win on the blue hardcourt hushed a heaving crowd of 13,841 at Perth Area and gave France a valuable 2-1 lead.
France will look to veteran Pauline Parmentier to seal the ultimate with victory over Ajla Tomljanovic within the second reverse singles, after staff captain Julien Benneteau withdrew Caroline Garcia from the doubtless decisive match.
Garcia was crushed 6-Zero 6-Zero by Barty on Saturday after Tomljanovic endured a equally torrid 6-1 6-1 loss to Mladenovic within the opening singles.
Ought to France shut out the win, they are going to have Mladenovic largely to thank for snapping Barty’s run of 15 consecutive Fed Cup wins.
“Julien and all the gang and my staff mates, we saved on preventing each single level,” the emotional 26-year-old stated courtside.
“That’s the way in which I like to play my tennis.
“Ashleigh’s world primary, she’s simply an enormous champion. I misplaced the primary set however then it was about particulars.
“I simply saved believing as a result of I felt I used to be simply on the market preventing and giving a tough battle and I’m simply so proud how I saved pushing and clearly received on the finish.”
Battling the gang and one of many cleverest all-court opponents within the sport, Mladenovic came upon the highway to victory as Barty broke again twice within the decisive set.
However the French primary served up a storm within the tiebreak and collapsed in reduction after Barty lastly surrendered with a forehand slapped into the web.
Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Modifying by Richard Pullin & Shri Navaratnam