Fed Cup Final 2019: Kristina Mladenovic, Caroline Garcia power France to thrilling win over Australia
It was France's third title and first since they beat the United States 16 years ago, piling more misery on seven-time champions Australia who have now lost all nine of the last Fed Cup finals they have appeared in
Fed Cup Final 2019: Ajla Tomljanovic to face Kristina Mladenovic first in role reversal between Australia and France
Picking Ajla Tomljanovic was a bold move as Australia bid for a first title in 45 years, with Stosur her country's most successful ever singles player, spanning 16 years of Fed Cup action.
Fed Cup Final 2019: Led by Kristina Mladenovic, France out to spoil Ashleigh Barty and Australia party on home court in Perth
Seven-time Fed Cup champions Australia hold a 5-1 record over two-time winners France, although the French triumphed in the most recent tie between the two nations in 2000.
Fed Cup: After CoCo Vandeweghe's win, Aryna Sabalenka defeats Sloane Stephens to level final for Belarus
Sloane Stephens' miserable run continued as she lost a tough three-setter to Belarus teenager Aryna Sabalenka to leave the Fed Cup final level at 1-1.
Fed Cup final: CoCo Vandeweghe to open play against Aliaksandra Sasnovich; Sloane Stephens faces Aryna Sabalenka
CoCo Vandeweghe will play in the opening match of the Fed Cup final on Saturday when USA takes on Belarus, with the Americans looking to break a 17-year title drought.
Azarenka said she was unwilling to leave her son behind in California, where she has a home and where her child was born and must stay until his future is decided.
Caroline Garcia floored world number six Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 and give France a 2-1 lead over Czech Republic in the Fed Cup final on Sunday.
Caroline Garcia stunned 7-6(6), 6-3 to pull France level at 1-1 with Czech Republic in the Fed Cup final after Karolina Pliskova won an epic first singles earlier.
France's Kristina Mladenovic will open play against Karolina Pliskova in the Fed Cup final, as the hosts look to break Czech Republic's stranglehold on the event.