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France Names Squad For Fed Cup Semifinals

Kristina Mladenovic powered France into it third Fed Cup semifinal in the last four years.

The former French Open doubles champion will try to lead France past the defending champion United States into the Fed Cup final for the second time since 2005.

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French captain Yannick Noah named the 19th-ranked Mladenovic, Pauline Parmentier and Amandine Hesse to the team that will host the U.S. in the Fed Cup semifinals, April 21-22nd on the red clay of the Arena Du Pays D'Aix in Aix-en-Provence, France.

It is the same French trio that beat Belgium, 3-2, in the Fed Cup opener in February. Mladenovic accounted for all three points in that triumph, sweeping Kirsten Flipkens and Elise Mertens in singles before partnering Hesse to win the decisive doubles.

The Americans hold a dominant 11-2 record over the French, but captain Noah's team won their last meeting 3-2 in the World Group playoffs in St Louis in 2014, with Caroline Garcia winning all three of the rubbers she contested.

The United States is playing to reach back-to-back Fed Cup finals for the first time since runner-up results in 2009-2010.

U.S. captain Kathy Rinaldi will announce her team for the semifinal.

Photo credit: Fed Cup Facebook