Garcia wins to draw France level 1-1 with Italy in Fed Cup

Italy's Camila Giorgi reacts after defeating France's Kristina Mladenovic during the first round of the Fed Cup competition between France and Italy, in Marseille, southern France, Saturday, Feb.6, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
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MARSEILLE, France (AP) Caroline Garcia beat former French Open runner-up Sara Errani 6-3, 7-5 to move France level with Italy 1-1 after the opening day of their Fed Cup first-round tie on Saturday.

France coach Amelie Mauresmo will be relieved and frustrated in equal measure, after Kristina Mladenovic lost the opening singles to Camila Giorgi 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Mladenovic looked in control but was then let down badly by her serve, recording a measly 34 percent on her first serve.

Giorgi converted all three break-point chances in the deciding set to quieten the Palais des Sports crowd in Marseille.

When the teams met at the same stage last year, Italy led 2-0 and lost.

Garcia ensured France will not trail 2-0 before Sunday's reverse singles and doubles, breaking Errani's serve four times.