Fed Cup up­dates

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France and Be­larus were in com­mand of their Fed Cup first-round ties while 2018 fi­nal­ists Czech Repub­lic and United States were even in their ties on Satur­day. Aus­tralian Open semi­fi­nal­ist Karolina Pliskova won the first point for the Czechs against Ro­ma­nia af­ter eas­ing past Mi­haela Burzanescu 6-1, 6-4 on an in­door hard-court in Os­trava, Czech Repub­lic. But Si­mona Halep won the sec­ond sin­gles by rout­ing Ka­te­rina Sini­akova, the star of last year’s fi­nal vic­tory against the United States, 6-4, 6-0. Pliskova and Halep, both for­mer world No. 1s, will meet in the key first re­v­erse sin­gles to­day. In Asheville, N.C., the U.S. came back to split the open­ing sin­gles with Aus­tralia. Ash­leigh Barty gave Aus­tralia a good start in its bid to end a 35-year los­ing drought to the U.S. by hit­ting 10 aces past Sofia Kenin in win­ning 6-1, 7-6 (2). But Madi­son Keys then took only an hour to de­feat Kim­berly Bir­rell, play­ing her first tie in three years, 6-2, 6-2.

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