Australia have gone down to France in a heartbreaking Fed Cup final in Perth.
The French outplayed the Aussie's securing a 3-2 win in a best-of-five rubbers final at RAC Arena.
World number one Ash Barty and her doubles partner Samantha Stosur struggled in Sunday's decider against Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia losing the game 6-4 6-3, giving the French their third Fed Cup crown.
Earlier, Barty lost her singles battle against Mladenovic 2-6 6-4 7-6 (7-1), but Australia levelled up when Ajla Tomljanovic clinched a 6-4 7-5 victory over Pauline Parmentier, sending them into the doubles decider.
The Aussies have not won a Fed Cup final in 45 years.