Friday 03 July 2020
News ID: 72461
Publish Date: 09 November 2019 - 21:31

PERTH, Australia (AP) - Australian Ash Barty continued her season-long extraordinary form to beat France's Caroline Garcia 6-0, 6-0 and level the Fed Cup final at 1-1 on Saturday.
The world No.1-ranked Barty beat Garcia in just 56 minutes on an outdoor hard court at Perth Arena to get Australia back on track after Kristina Mladenovic beat Ajla Tomljanovic, who was making her Fed Cup debut, 6-1, 6-1, to give France the early lead.
Barty, who won her first singles major at the French Open this year, extended her Fed Cup winning streak to 15 matches, a run that began in February 2017.
''I think that's probably the best tennis match I've ever played in my life,'' she said. ''I could not have asked for a more perfect match.''
Barty is set to face Mladenovic in the first reverse singles match on Sunday.
''I know she has the weapons to make me uncomfortable,'' she said of Mladenovic. ''It's about trying to nullify that the best I can.''
Fresh off her record $4.42 million triumph at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen last weekend, Barty overwhelmed the world No. 45-ranked Garcia with potent serving and pinpoint shot-making. She finished with 15 winners and eight aces.

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