Aus­tralia beats US in first round of Fed Cup

The Columbus Dispatch - - Sports - From staff and wire re­ports

Aus­tralia up­set the United States 3-2 in Asheville, North Carolina, with Ash Barty and Priscilla Hon beat­ing Danielle Collins and Ni­cole Melichar 6-4, 7-5 in the de­cid­ing dou­bles.

Ear­lier, Barty beat Madi­son Keys 6-4, 6-1 to give Aus­tralia a 2-1 lead. Collins, who reached her first Grand Slam semi­fi­nal at the Aus­tralian Open last month, made it 2-2 af­ter a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 vic­tory over Daria Gavrilova.

The Aus­tralians will next play Be­larus, which lost the 2017 fi­nal to the U.S., in April.

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