Mon, 20 May 2019

Halep gives Romania Fed Cup lead over France

News24
21 Apr 2019, 04:13 GMT+10

Rouen - World No 2 Simona Halep outclassed Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-1 on Saturday to give Romania a 1-0 lead in their Fed Cup semi-final against France.

French captain Julien Benneteau took a gamble on Mladenovic, who reached the top 10 in late 2017 but had won only 24 of her last 70 matches to slip to 66.

Mladenovic had won three of her five encounters with Halep but on Saturday struggled in her service games and did not have the tools to stop the Romanian steamroller.

In the second match on Saturday, France's Caroline Garcia, ranked No. 21 in the world faced Mihaela Buzarnescu, the No 30.

Results from the Fed Cup semi-finals on Saturday:

At Brisbane

Australia 1 Belarus 1

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) bt Samantha Stosur (AUS) 7-5, 5-7, 6-3

Ashleigh Barty (AUS) bt Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 7-6 (7/2), 6-3

Playing on Sunday

Ashleigh Barty (AUS) v Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)

Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Victoria Azarenka (BLR)

Ashleigh Barty/Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Lidziya Marozava/Vera Lapko (BLR)

At Rouen

France 1 Romania 1

Simona Halep (ROM) bt Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 6-3, 6-1

Caroline Garcia (FRA) bt Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROM) 6-3, 6-3

Playing on Sunday

Caroline Garcia (FRA) v Simona Halep (ROM)

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROM)

Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v Irina-Camelia Begu/ Monica Niculescu (ROM)

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