Alize Cornet and Kristina Mladenovic beat Belinda Bencic and Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-4 in doubles Sunday to give France a 3-2 win over Switzerland in their first-round tie of the Fed Cup World Group II.
Mladenovic's quick hands at the net made the difference while Bencic's inexperience in doubles showed.
''We took a lot of pleasure,'' Mladenovic told Sport Plus television. ''It's extremely difficult to play in such conditions, but our doubles team showed a lot of quality. We complemented each other very well. We had a great time on the court.''
Cornet and Mladenovic celebrated their victory with a chest bump while a disappointed Bencic shed tears on her chair.
In a first set with five service breaks, the Swiss pair took a 4-1 lead. But Bencic then failed to serve out the set at 5-3 before Bacsinszky sent a forehand wide to drop serve at 5-5. Cornet hit a backhand winner to help France go a set up.
The hosts broke Bencic in the fifth g...