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Madison Keys sends U.S. into second straight Fed Cup final

United States' Madison Keys, left, celebrates with teammates, from left, Sloane Stephens, Coco Vandeweghe, Bethanie Mattek Sands and team captain Kathy Rinaldi. (Claude Paris / Associated Press)
United States' Madison Keys, left, celebrates with teammates, from left, Sloane Stephens, Coco Vandeweghe, Bethanie Mattek Sands and team captain Kathy Rinaldi. (Claude Paris / Associated Press)
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AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France – Defending champion United States will play in a second consecutive Fed Cup final after defeating France 3-2 on Sunday.

Madison Keys secured the decisive point for the visiting team by beating Pauline Parmentier 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the second reverse singles. Keys’ victory gave the U.S. an unassailable 3-1 lead over France in the World Group semifinals.

The Czech Republic will host the U.S. in the Nov. 10-11 final after defeating Germany 4-1 in Stuttgart.

The French later salvaged some pride in front of their home crowd as Amandine Hesse and Kristina Mladenovic beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands and CoCo Vandeweghe 6-4, 3-6, 10-6.

The 13th-ranked Keys, a late replacement for Vandeweghe, came back from a 4-1 deficit in the first set and made the decisive break in the ninth game of the second set with two consecutive winners.

“The girls did so well, both today and yesterday. We are very fortunate to have such a strong group and now we are looking forward to what is going to be a great final,” U.S. captain Kathy Rinaldi said.

Earlier, Sloane Stephens had given a 2-1 lead to the U.S. with a 6-2, 6-0 thrashing of Mladenovic.

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