Mladenovic puts France ahead over Italy

 07 Feb 2016 - 17:11

Mladenovic puts France ahead over Italy
France's Kristina Mladenovic returns the ball to Italy's Sara Errani during the Federation Cup tennis world group first round match between France and Italy in Marseille, southern France, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT

Marseille: Kristina Mladenovic put France 2-1 up over Italy in a Fed Cup World Group first round tie in Marseille on Sunday by defeating Sara Errani 7-6 (7/4), 6-1.

In what was a matchup of the two national number ones, Mladenovic was behind early on 3-1, but from that point on she dominated the tie and ran out a comfortable winner in the end.

Saturday's action had seen Mladenovic fall in three sets to Camila Giorgi, while Errani lost to Caroline Garcia.

Garcia can now qualify France for a semi-final tie against the Netherlands by defeating Giorgi in the second of the reverse singles matches.

The Dutch earlier completed a 3-0 sweep of last year's beaten finalists Russia in Moscow.

"I tried to learn from what happened yesterday," said Mladenovic. "Sara is a fighter and she has great variety and lift to her game. I just had to go for it and stay with it."