Australia defeated by France in Fed Cup final

France have won their third Fed Cup final. PIC: Channel Nine

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.

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