At the end of the first day Saturday, both teams were tied for a win.
A historic and unexpected title at the end of the world. France won the third Fed Cup of its history against Australia after its success at the decisive double in Perth, Sunday, November 10th. France's Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia first struggled to win their first set (6-4) before outscoring their Australian opponents Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur in the second set (6-3) to win without shake in two heats.
For his first season at the head of the French team, Julien Benneteau managed a master stroke: winning the trophy after having put back in the saddle and restored confidence to his two best players, who maintained for several years tense relations.
Earlier Sunday, Australia had tied two points everywhere against the Blue after the success of his number two, Ajla Tomljanovic, against Pauline Parmentier (6-4, 7-5) in the fourth singles.
France had taken the advantage early in the day to lead 2-1 after the epic victory of the French number 1, Kristina Mladenovic (40th worldwide), against the world number one, Ashleigh Barty (2-6, 6-4, 7-6). Also beaten in this decisive double, the Australian buckles her exceptional season – marked by a title at Roland Garros and another at WTA Finals (the Women's Masters) two weeks ago – by a big disappointment in front of his audience.