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Gardenovic def Halep/Niculescu 5-7 6-3 6-4 FRA ROU 3-2 France In Finale

Oh my God what a crazy Tie vs Romania, so much tension, great play

Gardenovic is back together, 1st match, 1st WIN vs very tricky paire Halep/Niculescu

Halep was impressive in singles said Fed Cup was her main goal in 2019, she had such a big and noisy crowd behind her there

So proud of the TEAM OUIIIIII!!!INTO FINALE!
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wow what a match!
great net play from Kiki and Monica
congrats France
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Begu losing to Parmentier was the killer.
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Re: Gardenovic def Halep/Niculescu 5-7 6-3 6-4 FRA ROU 3-2 France In Finale

Basically this Fed Cup SF can be resumed in: "Halep vs France 2-3"

Today in Rouen was an amazing day in terms of tennis (but the 2nd match) and the people in the stands were lucky to witness a high quality stuff.

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I watched end of the 2nd and 3rd set.
Amazing, very fun and high-quality tennis
Very entertaining to watch this doubles. Many great rallies

Heartbreaking loss for Simona Halep and Romania

2 games away from the Fed Cup final at 4-4 in 3rd set.
Unfortunately Halep served VERY bad in this game at 4-4, lost it with a DF
And then Garcia servebotted France in the next game to the final.

Halep/Moni had many chances in set 3, but did not take their chances.
Often so close to break Garcia/Mladenovic, but never made it. Frustrating

This doubles rubber was VERY close and equal.
The only difference was that France served better.

So sad for Simona. Romania was sooo close to the final and the title
Romania had a huge chance to win the title this year. Not sure if it will come again.
2 games away from Fed Cup final. Czech Republic out. And Australia in the final.

Next year it will be hard. Romania have to start from zero again.
And pretty sure that Kvitova will play for CZE next year (more difficult to beat).

But Halep is the main reason Romania was so close to the Fed Cup final.
She wins most of her matches, is very impressive in singles, the hero of Romania.
In this tie again she won both her singles rubbers and also played the doubles.
I only have to give Simona big respect/credit. Romania should be proud of her

Also big respect to Niculescu who played (again) very impressive in doubles.

Begu is to blame. She NEVER should have lost to Parmentier
I mean to face Parmentier in a Fed Cup SF ! That's as easy as it gets. A must win !

Romania's weakness is the 2nd singles player
Halep is GREAT and the main reason for Romania's success.
And Romania's doubles with Monica is very good, one of the best.

Congrats, France !

They were a little bit better. Garcia/Mladenovic served better in doubles than Halep/Niculescu - the reason why they won the deciding doubles.
And as I said Begu should never have lost to Parmentier.
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I know Halep said that it's her dream to win the Fed Cup, but she can't win it with such a useless team. She has to put up with useless players like Monica "I can't hit a proper forehand" Niculescu, Mihaela "I can't win a match anymore because I'm still mentally shook by the injury I suffered eight months ago" Buzarnescu and Irina-Camella "I can't win a match against a player with a pathetic Fed Cup record Parmentier" Begu. Honestly, I feel so bad for Halep that all her efforts and hard work went in vain, because her team is so useless. From next year, she should save her time and energy, and not bother with the Fed Cup. She is never winning it with such a pathetic bunch of team mates.

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Simona was exhausted at the end, lacking sharpness.
She alone could not win.
Begu has dropped to very low levels (losing to Errani!) and Buzarnescu is barely recognisable since when she seems to care more about her look than her game.
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I like Halep but I‘m happy she lost with Niculescu. Niculescus attitude is just horrible, celebrating everything point like she won the match in the third set and her game is just not nice to see

Of course I feel sorry for Halep, but she is not the best doubles player and her team mates current form are horrible. Hopefully she will have a good clay season at least

Well done France Even tho I hope Australian wins the final, it‘s a cool achievement for the team, especially non of the players are in a great shape. It‘s totally deserved victory.
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Niculescu was 80 % useless. She had some amazing volleys and lobs winning some points I will give her that. The rest of the time her job was to give high returns that ended in France winners or mistakes that meant France getting the point.

On return Romania could have had a pole 1.5 of NIculescu's circumference near Halep and the result would have been the same. If you count her high forehand slices that went literally in the face of a France player that would end the point then you have to wonder why was she there in the first place. She was a menace

Halep literally played by herself this match and was the only one staying in long exhausting rallies (that NIculescu most of the time interrupted with weird attempts). Poor thing was exhausted in the end, I really feel sorry for her, this was a monumental effort on her part.
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Re: Gardenovic def Halep/Niculescu 5-7 6-3 6-4 FRA ROU 3-2 France In Finale

Very nice double match, loved the opposition of styles - congrats to the entertaining Romanian team for making this a treat.

Well done France. Saw the match between Parmentier and Begu and it was a nice one too - very deep shots from both. Too bad for Irina-Camelia's injury. Tennis is so demanding. All these bandaged knees...

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Omg YEEES Gardenovic It was worth it, they found their chemistry after the first set. I've always been a fan of their doubles. So good to see them playing again hopefully we'll get deciding doubles in final as well

Simona feeling really sorry for her but she should have known better you cannot win Fed cup with literally one player.
I mean if you don't have one single other player who can at least win a match against PARMENTIER of all people then there is no discussion. Her almost 6 hour effort goes in vain.
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Halep and Barty are both one-woman Fed cup teams. The difference is that Barty is also a world class doubles player.

You really can’t fault Simona for her performance. She gave it her all and nearly pulled it off
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ALLEZ! Such a good effort for them to reach a final with this team in this form. Shows you how essential Garcia is. Nobody expected them to be finalists at the start of the year... They overcame home crowd nerves, an inexperienced first-time team captain, sloppy form in general on the tour, inter-team bullying of their top player, the boisterous Romanian fans, and Kiki's DFs to make it to the final again.

Speaking of the doubles, considering they haven't played a match together since early 2017 (and Caro has only played 2-3 doubles matches at all in that time), they were very good today. Found their rhythm in the second set, and held their nerve well in the 3rd when their backs were up against the wall.

The game at 4-4 was very good from them, they were rewarded for taking initiative (rushing across, wrongfooting Moni, aggressive on returns, etc.). And then Caro served it out with a few bombs to (almost ) make up for her sudden service failure in the singles. Bien joué!
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I love this team. Can they continue to rekindle and we can take out Babos?

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Re: Gardenovic def Halep/Niculescu 5-7 6-3 6-4 FRA ROU 3-2 France In Finale

I'd love Romania to win the Fed Cup, it would be a great story, but let's be honest here, a major reason why Romania was in the semis is that Czechia didn't have Petra available in the QF due to her testimony in court about that infamous in-home attack.

Still, I think Australia-France is a great final. I like both teams, but I'll be rooting for the Aussies, as it's been 454546 years since they last won the event and are historically one of the greatest tennis nations.
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