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France Edges Switzerland 3-2; Mladenovic, Cornet Win Deciding Doubles

Mladenovic, left, celebrates with Cornet after clinching the doubles over Switzerland. Photo by Corinne Dubreuil fedcup.com

fedcup.com: February 9 2014 Paris, France - French captain Amelie Mauresmo said Friday that having Kristina Mladenovic as the ace in the doubles hole in this weekend’s Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II tussle against Switzerland could prove pivotal. Mladenovic combined with Alize Cornet to beat Belinda Bencic and Timea Bacsinszky 75 64 in the live fifth rubber to give Les Bleus a 3-2 victory – and hopes of competing in the coveted World Group next year. Mladenovic, ranked 17th in doubles and a mixed doubles winner at the Australian Open in January, improved her Fed Cup doubles record to an unblemished 5-0. Tie Details

France 3, Switzerland 2

R1 V.Razzano vs S.Voegele 6-2 6-1

R2 A.Cornet vs B.Bencic 5-7 4-6

R3 A.Cornet vs T.Bacsinszky 6-2 7-6(4)

R 4 V.Razzano vs B.Bencic 1-6 1-6    

R5 A. Cornet/K.Mladenovic vs T.Bacsinszky/B.Bencic 7-5 6-4

Bouchard Leads Canada to 3-1 Win vs Serbia

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard. Credit Arturo Velazquez.jpg

fedcup.com: February 9 2014 Montreal, Canada - Eugenie Bouchard hopes that she is leading Canadian tennis into a golden era in Fed Cup by BNP Paribas competition. She certainly did her part this weekend. Bouchard secured Canada's World Group II first round tie against Serbia with a 60 63 win against Vesna Dolonc on Sunday. The Australian Open semi-finalist continued her excellent start to 2014 with her second straight sets win of the weekend; the result means that Canada advance to a World Group play-off tie in April. Heavily favoured going into the matchup against Dolonc, Bouchard gave Canada an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the tie when she closed out the Serbian No. 1 in just 58 minutes. Tie Details

Canada 3, Serbia 1

R1 A.Wozniak vs V.Dolonc 7-5 2-6 6-4

R2 E. Bouchard vs J.Jaksic  6-1 6-0  

R3 E. Bouchard vs V.Dolonc 6-0 6-3

R4 A. Wozniak vs J.Jaksic (abandoned)

R5 G.Dabrowski/S.Fichman vs N.Stojanovic/J.Jaksic 6-2 6-3 8-10

Poles Beat Swedes in Deciding Doubles Thriller

Alicja Rosolska and Agnieszka Radswanka celebrate doubles win. Photo Jörgen Jarnberger

fedcup.com: February 9 2014 Boras, Sweden - Poland dominated the fifth rubber to seal a 3-2 victory and passage into the World Group play-offs in April for the first time in 21 years. World No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska led her team picking up two singles and a doubles victory to help earn all three points. Six sets played for the 24-year-old and six sets won. Alicja Rosolska who after sitting on the bench all weekend had to find her best tennis in the most pressurized of situations. And that’s exactly what she did. Read more