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Garcia: Experience Edge in Fed Cup Final

Pain of a past Fed Cup final fail can help fuel France in this weekend's final, says French No. 2 Caroline Garcia.

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, fresh off winning her seventh career title at the WTA Finals Shenzhen on Sunday, leads host Australia vs. France in the Fed Cup final on the hard court of Perth's RAC Arena.

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Barty, who boasts a 10-1 career singles record, is aiming to lead Australia to its first Fed Cup championship since 1974.

WTA Finals doubles champion Kristina Mladenovic and Garcia are key players for France, which is playing for its third Fed Cup championship and first since 2003. 

Garcia says past experience can help France this weekend.

Three years ago, Garcia won two singles matches in the Fed Cup final vs. visting Czech Republic staged in Strasbourg. The Czech team of Barbora Strycova and Karolina Pliskova beat Garcia and Mladenovic 7-5, 7-5 in the decisive doubles match to clinch the Czech Republic's 3-2 victory and Fed Cup three-peat.

"That final was a great lesson for me and for all of us," Garcia told ITF World Magazine. "We now have the experience of losing and we don't want to have the feeling of losing a final again.

"It is still a good memory, however, even if we didn't win because we were playing in France, and the atmosphere in the stadium was great, and I think it can be an experience for this year's final. We have been there [in a final] before whereas a lot of the Australian girls haven't. It is an important factor for us."

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