STRASBOURG, France (AP) France’s Kristina Mladenovic will open play against world No. 6 Karolina Pliskova in the Fed Cup final, as the hosts look to break the Czech Republic’s stranglehold on the event this weekend.
(L-R) French tennis players Pauline Parmentier, Alize Cornet, Caroline Garcia, Kristina Mladenovic and France's Fed Cup captain Amelie Mauresmo get ready for the Fed Cup semi-final between France and the Netherlands in Trelaze, northwestern France, on April 17, 2016. / AFP / JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER (Photo credit should read JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)
The Czechs are bidding for a fifth title in six years on an indoor hard court at Rhenus Sport arena in Strasbourg.
They won the most recent tie between them in the semifinals last year, and are the overwhelming favorites to become the first team to win three consecutive Fed Cups since Spain from 1993-95.
Caroline Garcia will take on two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the second singles.
Sunday features the reverse singles and doubles.
France has reached the final for the first time since 2005, and will be bidding for a third title.
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