Australia Ousts United States by Fed Cup With Decisive Doubles Win

Australia knocked the United States out of the Fed Cup on Sunday that has a 3-2 quarterfinal win in Asheville, N.C., as Ashleigh Barty in addition to also Priscilla Hon beat Danielle Collins in addition to also Nicole Melichar, 6-4, 7-5, inside the deciding doubles match.

Barty had beaten Madison Keys, 6-4, 6-1, earlier, giving Australia a 2-1 lead. Collins, who reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open last month, made the idea 2-2 after a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Daria Gavrilova.

In April, the Australians will play Belarus, which lost the 2017 final to the United States. Belarus dominated host Germany at Braunschweig, with Aryna Sabalenka cruising past Laura Siegemund, 6-1, 6-1, in addition to also giving her country an insurmountable 3-0 lead on an indoor hard court.

Romania reached the semifinals that has a 3-2 upset of the defending champion Czech Republic, rounding out the final four along with France, which defeated Belgium.

Romania made the semifinal round for the very first time with its first victory over the host Czechs, who won six titles inside the last eight years.

Irina-Camelia Begu in addition to also Monica Niculescu teamed up to clinch the best-of-5 series against their hosts that has a 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4 win over the Czech pair Katerina Siniakova in addition to also Barbora Krejcikova, who won the mixed-doubles title at the Australian Open with Rajeev Ram.

Romania took a 2-1 lead on an indoor hardcourt in Ostrava after Simona Halep defeated Karolina Pliskova, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, in a reverse-singles match featuring two former top-ranked players. Halep increased her record against Pliskova to 7-2 as she put Romania one win by advancing.

Siniakova, the star of last year’s final victory over the United States, made the idea 2-2 after defeating Mihaela Burzanescu, 6-4, 6-2.

In Liege, Caroline Garcia clinched an insurmountable 3-0 lead for France over host Belgium after easing past Elise Mertens, 6-2, 6-3, to set up a semifinal against Romania.

Garcia earned a couple of victories in her first Fed Cup action since the 2016 final, including a defeat of Alison Van Uytvanck by 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-2 inside the opening singles on Saturday.

inside the doubles, Ysaline Bonaventure in addition to also Kirsten Flipkens won a consolation point for Belgium that has a 6-3, 3-6, 10-6 victory over Fiona Ferro in addition to also Pauline Parmentier to reduce the final score to 3-1 with the second reverse singles not having been played.