sends U.S. into second straight Fed Cup final
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[April 24, 2018]
(Reuters) - Madison Keys battled
past Pauline Parmentier of France 7-6(4) 6-4 to lead the U.S. into
their second consecutive Fed Cup final in Aix-en-Provence on Sunday.
Keys, who was named as a late replacement for CoCo Vandeweghe,
rallied back from 4-1 down to claim the opening set before a
decisive break in the ninth game of the second ensured the victory.
Keys' victory handed the defending champions an unassailable 3-1
lead over France in the semi-final tie before the hosts won the dead
The French pair of Amandine Hesse and Kristina Mladenovic edged
Vandeweghe and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4 3-6 10-6.
Earlier in the day, U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens thrashed
Mladenovic 6-2 6-0 to collect her second singles victory this
Stephens was aided by 25 unforced errors from world number 20
Mladenovic, whose touch eluded her far too often in the match.
"That was a really good one. You never anticipate a scoreline like
the way it turned out but it was really solid," Stephens said.
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Madison Keys of the U.S celebrates after winning her singles match
against Pauline Parmentier of France REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
The Americans extended their winning record to 12-2 against the
They will defend their title on Nov. 10-11 against the Czech
Republic, who reached the final by defeating Germany 4-1 in
(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian
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