“Each fit was once implausible,” Benneteau informed fedcup.com. “I’m so happy with them. It was once at all times my purpose to position them in combination — and it was once now not laborious to do.”
Previous Sunday, French Open champion Halep received her 2d singles of the weekend, seeing off Garcia 6-7 (6/eight), 6-Three, 6-Four for a 2-1 lead within the semi-final.
Veteran Pauline Parmentier then beat a hobbling Irina-Camelia Begu 6-Three, 2-6, 6-2 to tug France degree.
In a nerve-racking deciding rubber, Halep, whose doubles rating is within the 400s, dedicated a double fault to concede the smash within the 9th sport of the general set ahead of Garcia held her nerve to serve out the victory.
France, who received the final in their two titles in 2003, will trip to Australia for the general.
Six-time champions Australia, whose most up-to-date name was once in 1974, reached a primary last in 26 years by means of seeing off Belarus Three-2 in Brisbane in a tie additionally settled by means of a three-set deciding doubles rubber.
Halep gave Romania a lead on Saturday by means of seeing off Mladenovic 6-Three, 6-1 ahead of Garcia swept previous Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-Three, 6-Three to degree the tie.
“I knew it might be tougher than the previous day,” mentioned Halep after registering a 9th successive singles win in a event that Romania have not begun to win.
“It felt like taking part in at house, that was once how I used to be in a position to struggle to the tip. I received it for the enthusiasts who got here right here.”
Halep’s win over Garcia, her 6th in seven conferences, took virtually 3 hours with the an important smash within the last set coming within the 8th sport when the French primary served up back-to-back double faults.
Australia made the championship fit when Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur battled previous Victoria Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka 7-Five, Three-6, 6-2.
The tie was once despatched into the an important doubles fit after two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka beaten Stosur 6-1, 6-1 within the opposite singles, after Barty swept previous Sabalenka 6-2, 6-2.
“I may just now not have picked two extra absolute best athletes to compete. Ash and Sam are superstars,” mentioned captain Alicia Molik who will glance to encourage a primary name since 1974 for Australia within the last.
Barty referred to as making the general “incredible” whilst Stosur mentioned it was once “tremendous thrilling”.
“We knew it was once going to be a difficult one and we simply so proud of how we performed,” added Stosur. “All of the women have labored so laborious right through the yr and we actually stick in combination.”