MELBOURNE (Information) – Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic prevailed in a tense duel with Pauline Parmentier to stage the Fed Cup last at 2-2 and power a doubles decider in Perth on Sunday.
FILE PHOTO: Tennis – WTA Worldwide – Nature Valley Open – Nottingham Tennis Centre, Nottingham – June 14, 2019 Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in motion throughout her third spherical match towards Germany’s Tatjana Maria Motion Photographs through Information/Jason Cairnduff
Australia wanted their quantity two to step up within the wake of Ash Barty’s shock defeat by Kristina Mladenovic, and the Croatia-born 26-year-old duly delivered with a rousing 6-Four 7-5 win on debut in entrance of a baying crowd of 13,841.
Smashed 6-1 6-1 by Mladenovic within the opening singles on Saturday, a remodeled Tomljanovic soaked up enormous strain towards the French veteran Parmentier to maintain Australia’s bid for a primary Fed Cup title in 45 years.
Mladenovic had earlier pulled France 2-1 forward with a courageous 2-6 6-Four 7-6(1) win over world primary Barty.
France crew captain Julien Benneteau then withdrew Caroline Garcia from the second singles, entrusting Parmentier to seal the ultimate. Nevertheless it was to not be.
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.
Mladenovic’s impressed win over Barty snapped the Australia’s run of 15 consecutive Fed Cup wins.
“Julien and all the gang and my crew mates, we saved on preventing each single level,” the emotional 26-year-old stated courtside.
“That’s the best way 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 gained on the finish.”
Battling the gang and one of many cleverest all-court opponents within the sport, Mladenovic came upon the street 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 aid after Barty lastly surrendered with a forehand slapped into the online.
Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Modifying by Richard Pullin & Shri Navaratnam