France dominant in doubles
After a tight start which saw the first three games go against serve, Bremond was the first to hold for 3-1. Benesova looked the least comfortable, and Bremond, a recent Wimbledon quarterfinalist, showed authority. Serving for the set at 5-4, Golovin saved two points for 5-all, before a service winner sealed the set.
But the Czech duo reacted fast in the second set. Suddenly more relaxed, they broke Bremond’s serve to lead 4-2. Serving to confirm the break however, Peschke failed under the aggressive returns of a regenerated French team. Nothing was to stop Goven’s team any more. In the tiebreak, they proved the most aggressive while Benesova committed unforced errors on key moments, including a last backhand into the net to give the French the win 62 76(2).
“I have to admit Golovin surprised me today. She was able to play a great singles match, and was the leader in the doubles to bring victory to France,” said Czech captain Tomas Petera. (from fedcup.com)