France claimed their first Fed Cup title in 16 years on Sunday with a 3-2 victory after defeating hosts Australia in the decisive doubles rubber in the final in Perth.

Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia held firm in a tense decider to beat Ash Barty and Sam Stosur 6-4 6-3 at Perth Arena and secure France’s third title in the women’s team event.

France hoists the Fed Cup trophy for the first time since 2003, when Amelie Mauresmo led the French to a 4-1 win over the United States in the final in Moscow.


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