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France vs Romania Fed Cup tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Garcia and Mladenovic re-unite to take France into Fed Cup final

Hannah Wilks in WTA Tour 21 Apr 2019
  • France host Romania in the semifinals of the Fed Cup on 20-21 April
  • Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia won the deciding doubles rubber to take France into their sixth final
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Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia took France into the Fed Cup final after a thrilling victory over Simona Halep and Monica Niculescu in the deciding doubles rubber.


France advanced to their sixth Fed Cup final after completing a dramatic 3-2 victory over Romania in Rouen on Sunday. Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia teamed up to deliver victory in the doubles rubber, beating the Romanian duo of Simona Halep and Monica Niculescu 5-7 6-3 6-4. 

With the tie locked at 1-1 from Saturday, the top players from each nation, Caroline Garcia and Simona Halep went head-to-head in the first of Sunday's reverse singles, hoping to tip the balance in their side's favour. A superb Fed Cup clash ensued, and after two hours and 57 minutes of gripping tennis, it was former world No. 1, Halep who emerged with an epic 6-7 6-3 6-4 victory to give Romania a 2-1 lead, putting them one rubber away from a maiden Fed Cup final. Pauline Parmentier evened the tie with a 6-3 2-6 6-2 victory over Irina-Camilia Begu, setting the stage for a deciding doubles rubber.

Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia used to be a formidable doubles' combination- they won the 2016 French Open doubles title together- but they have had their problems in the last couple of seasons, after Garcia declined a Fed Cup call-up in 2017 to focus on her singles career. However, with a Fed Cup final spot on the line, both players came together for the first time since the 2016 Fed Cup final to deliver a popular home victory on Sunday, sending the French into November's final against Australia.



France vs Romania: Latest results

Day one: Saturday April 20

France 1-1 Romania

Simona Halep (ROU) def. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 6-3 6-1
Caroline Garcia (FRA) def. Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU) 6-3 6-3

Day two: Sunday April 21

France 3-2 Romania

Simona Halep (ROU) def. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 6-7 6-3 6-4
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) def. Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3 2-6 6-2
Caroline Garcia/ Kristina Mladenovic def. Simona Halep/Monica Niculescu 5-7 6-3 6-4

France vs Romania: Match schedule

France are through to the 2019 Fed Cup final after a 3-2 victory over Romania

France vs Romania: Tie information

Location: Rouen, France

Venue: Kindarena

Surface: Indoor clay

France: Caroline Garcia, Pauline Parmentier, Alize Cornet, Kristina Mladenovic, Julien Benneteau (captain)

Romania: Simona Halep, Mihaela Buzarnescu, Irina-Camelia Begu, Monica Niculescu, Raluca Olaru, Florin Segarceanu (captain)

Romania caused one of the bigger upsets of recent years when they defeated the Czech Republic in the first round, with Simona Halep scoring singles victories over Karolina Pliskova and Katerina Siniakova before Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu combined to win the doubles.

It put Romania into the semifinals of the Fed Cup for just the second time, having got that far in 1973, and now the team led by world no. 2 Halep is out to make it to the final, a national first. They are up against two-time champions France, who last featured in the final in 2016. Captain Julien Benneteau's side, buoyed by the return of top-20 player Caroline Garcia, beat Belgium 3-2 with Alize Cornet contributing a surprise win over Elise Mertens.

France have opted for indoor clay courts in Rouen – an interesting choice against a team which includes reigning French Open champion Halep.

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