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|Fed Cup Final, Rubber 5, doubles|
|Venue: RAC Arena, Perth, Western Australia|
|Match duration: 1 hour, 17 minutes|
A straight-sets win in a deciding doubles match has made France the Fed Cup champions for 2019, their third title joining those won in 1997 and 2003.
Australia 4 3
France 6 6
The Fed Cup Final will all come down to one deciding doubles tie, with Samantha Stosur and Ashleigh Barty looking to bring home the first title for Australia in more than four decades when they take on French duo Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia in the fifth rubber. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from around 7:20pm (AEDT).
Back in April, Stosur and Barty teamed up in the fifth rubber of Australia’s semi-final against Belarus and got the job, putting in a phenomenal effort to hold off the charge of an experienced team on the other side of the net.
Barty, as well as being the best singles player in the world, has won grand slams in doubles, while Stosur is the current Australian Open doubles champion, and has played solidly in the format all season.
Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia, who will both be tired after a hectic weekend of tennis, are expected to line up on the other side of the net, and given doubles credentials, it’s hard to see that being changed for this decisive rubber.
Mladenovic is an outstanding doubles player, currently ranked at number two in the world, which is ahead of both Barty and Stosur, but will need to be at the top of her game here if she is to get France over the line, not only holding her own, but setting the strategy and guiding Garcia through the match.
The duo have, however, played doubles before with some success, which will give them something to build on, but doing it against the Aussie crowd with Mladenovic battling fatigue will be another issue.
Barty and Stosur are an excellent doubles team. They have already done it under the pump once this year when they managed to go past Belarus, and should be in position to do it again today should this fifth rubber be needed, with Stosur fresh and Barty in incredible form.
Australia in three sets.
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Start time: Around 7:20pm (AEDT)
Venue: RAC Arena, Perth
TV: Live, Channel 9
Online: Live, 9Now