Aussies beat U.S. in Fed Cup play

The Times-Tribune - - SPORTS -

Ro­ma­nia up­set de­fend­ing cham­pion Czech Repub­lic, 3-2, to ad­vance to the semi­fi­nals of the Fed Cup on Sun­day, along with France, Be­larus and Aus­tralia.

Aus­tralia won, 3-2, over the U.S. in 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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