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Aryna Sabalenka's day of wild extremes ended with Belarus clawing their way into the Fed Cup final while Naomi Osaka's participation ended more tamely.
A tearful Naomi Osaka followed up her Australian Open disappointment with another surprise defeat in the Fed Cup.
World No 1 Ashleigh Barty emphatically hauled Australia back into contention in the Fed Cup final, handing France's Caroline Garcia a rare double bagel.
Captain Alicia Molik gambled with Ajla Tomljanovic instead of Samantha Stosur to play singles for Australia in the Fed Cup final.
France might be on Australian soil as they attempt to win a third Fed Cup crown in Perth this weekend, but they feel right at home and brimming with confidence.
World number one Ashleigh Barty and veteran Samantha Stosur spearhead Australia's team announced for the Fed Cup final against France.
Perth has been named as host city for the Fed Cup final between Australia and France later this year - the first to be held Down Under for four decades.
Veteran Pauline Parmentier defeated a hobbling Irina-Camelia Begu to pull France level at 2-2 in their Fed Cup semi-final with Romania.
Australia powered into its first Fed Cup final since 1993 with Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur clinching the deciding fifth rubber against Belarus.
Simona Halep outclassed Kristina Mladenovic to give Romania a 1-0 lead in their Fed Cup semi-final against France.
Former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko defeated newly crowned Australian Open champ Sofia Kenin in Fed Cup qualifying.
Australian captain Alica Molik put a brave face on their Fed Cup defeat to France insisting they will use it as fuel to finally snap a streak of nine final losses.
Kristina Mladenovic proved a class above nervous Fed Cup debutant Ajla Tomljanovic to overpower the Australian and give France the first point in the final at Perth.
World No 1 Ashleigh Barty is "extremely hungry" to end the year on a high by steering Australia to their first Fed Cup in 45 years.
France Fed Cup captain Julien Benneteau kept faith with the five women who sealed the semi-final win against Romania in April.
An overhaul of the Fed Cup format will see 12 nations compete in a six-day event in Budapest from 2020-2022 with a huge boost in prize money.
France set up a Fed Cup final against Australia when Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic, who once were barely on speaking terms, teamed-up to down Romania.
Simona Halep battled back from a set down to defeat France's Caroline Garcia and put Romania within touching distance of a first Fed Cup final appearance since 1973.
Victoria Azarenka crushed Samantha Stosur to send the Fed Cup semi-final between Australia and Belarus into a deciding fifth rubber in Brisbane.
Australia and Belarus shared the spoils on day one of their Fed Cup semi-final in Brisbane Saturday with Ashleigh Barty sweeping past Victoria Azarenka.
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