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|Fed Cup Final, Rubber 4, reverse singles|
|Venue: RAC Arena, Perth, Western Australia|
|Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS)||6||7|
|Pauline Parmentier (FRA)||4||5|
|Match duration: 1 hour, 32 minutes|
Ajla Tomljanovic has recorded a huge straight-sets victory to take Australia to a doubles decider against France in the Fed Cup final.
Ajla Tomljanovic 6 7
Pauline Parmentier 4 5
The Fed Cup Final could be over by the end of the fourth rubber, as Ajla Tomlajnovic and Caroline Garcia battle to keep things alive and end the tie for Australia and France. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from around 5pm (AEDT).
France have swapped Caroline Garcia with Pauline Parmentier.
The fourth rubber of any Fed Cup tie is a sudden death tennis match, and while at the time of writing it’s unclear which player will be in the must-win position, one would expect it to be the visitors given the strength of Barty at the present time.
Garcia was wiped off the floor yesterday by Barty in a 6-0, 6-0 drubbing, and while her form has been sketchy heading into this final tie, she has played at an incredibly high level as recently as early 2018.
There is a chance Garcia gets replaced by Alize Cornet for this match, given Garcia needs to play doubles, but it’s likely she will stay on court.
Tomljanovic is in the same boat, having been blown away by Kristina Mladenovic yesterday in the opening match 6-1, 6-1, but is also expected to stay on court, keeping Samantha Stosur fresh for doubles and not exposing inexperienced duo Astra Sharma or Priscila Hon.
While the naturalised Aussie is a fighter, she will need to be at the absolute peak of her powers to stop either Garcia or Cornet, given the depth of shot and serve the French can play with.
Tomljanovic will need to hit all the right angles on her own serve and try to put a little pressure on early, avoiding falling behind on the scoreboard and ending up in a similar position to yesterday, where confidence will become an issue.
Garcia’s form has been poor throughout the season, but she was in the top ten less than 24 months ago, so it’s clear what she is capable of.
The pair have never played before this meeting, giving us little to go on.
This is a real tough one to tip. Neither player has been in good form, but the ceiling for Garcia to play under pressure – as she did during 2018 – seems higher at this point.
All going as expected, she wins this in a hard-fought battle and we will have doubles ahead this afternoon.
Garcia in three sets.
Be sure to join The Roar for live coverage of this fourth rubber at the Fed Cup Final between Australia and France from around 5pm (AEDT) or about 20 minutes after the completion of the day’s earlier match between Ashleigh Barty and Kristina Mladenovic, and don’t forget to add a comment in the section below.
Start time: Around 5pm (AEDT)
Venue: RAC Arena, Perth
TV: Live, Channel 9
Online: Live, 9Now