France, Australia near Davis Cup final
Two-time Grand Slam champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (3) as France took a 2-1 lead over Serbia in the Davis Cup semifinals Saturday in Lille, France.
Mahut and Herbert were in control on the indoor clay court and put France one win away from its 18th Davis Cup final.
In the other semifinal in Brussels, Australia also needs just one more point to reach the final for the first time since it won the title in 2003 after John Peers and Jordan Thompson breezed past Arthur de Greef and Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium 6-3, 6-4, 6-0.
Japan Women’s Open: Qualifier Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan outlasted defending champion Christina McHale of the U.S. 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 to advance to the final in Tokyo.
Diyas was down 3-1 in the final set but broke the 25-year-old American twice to complete the victory and secure her second WTA final.
Diyas, a finalist here in 2014, will face Japan’s Miyu Kato in today’s final. Kato beat Croatia’s Jana Fett 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4.