In Brisbane and Rouen played the semi-finals of the World group of the fed Cup.
Australia with the score 3:2 beat Belarus and made it to the final of the Federation Cup for the first time in 26 years. The undisputed heroine of the match was the first racket of the owners of Ashleigh Barty, who alone defeated Victoria Azarenka (7:5, 6:3) and Arina Sobolenko (6:2, 6:2), and in the decisive doubles match with Samantha Stosur in three sets defeated Sobolenko and Azarenka (7:5, 3:6, 6:2).
Barty became the first player in the history of the Federation Cup, which in the first two rounds of the World group brought his team all the points. In opposition to the 1/4 finals against the USA, a recent debutante top 10 of the WTA rankings, also won two singles and a steam room meeting.
The second qualifier in the final of the Federation Cup was also decided in the doubles match. Ex-first racket of the world Simona Halep in the singles meetings beat Kristina Mladenovic (6:3, 6:1) and Caroline Garcia (6:7, 6:3, 6:4), but the doubles match with Irina-Camelia Begu lost played a duet
Mladenovic and Garcia, who together won four doubles tournaments including Roland Garros in 2016. The French in the final score when the score was 4:4 made a break and successfully served for the match (5:7, 6:3, 6:4).
The fed Cup final between Australia and France will be held 9-10 November in Australia.
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