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France shock Italy in Fed Cup

2015-02-09 09:14
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Paris - Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia stunned the world's top doubles pairing to give France a shock Fed Cup win over Italy in Genoa on Sunday.

The French pair, ranked 20 and 30 respectively in doubles, defeated reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-2 to book a semi-final spot.

"Beating the number one doubles pair in the world 6-1, 6-2, I never thought that one day we'd do that in the Fed Cup, not even in a dream," said Garcia.

Mladenovic added: "It's amazing, that's the magic of the Fed Cup. France had never clawed back a 2-0 deficit.

"We live for this, to play for your country, soaking the shirt (with sweat) and going to your limits."

The two 21-year-olds had only played together once before, in a Fed Cup clash with Kazakhstan two years ago, but inspired their country to a dramatic comeback victory.

France had started the day 2-0 down in the tie having never before recovered from such a deficit.

And in front of them were the 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2013 Fed Cup champions who had not lost on home soil since 2008.

Mladenovic defeated Errani 6-4, 6-3 before Garcia beat Camila Giorgi 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 to set up a deciding rubber in the quarter-final tie.

But the coup de grace came in the doubles when five-time Grand Slam winners Errani and Vinci, who have won all four Grand Slams, were put to the sword.

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