France, Australia near Davis Cup fi­nal

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - SPORTS -

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.

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