Mladenovic, Garcia to spearhead France in Fed Cup final

PARIS (AP) France captain Amelie Mauresmo is keeping faith in the same players for the Fed Cup final against the two-time defending champion Czech Republic next week.

Maursemo named Caroline Garcia, Kristina Mladenovic, Alize Cornet, and Pauline Parmentier to face the Czechs at home in Strasbourg on Nov. 12-13.

The same quartet defeated the Netherlands in the semifinals.

The Czechs are bidding for a fifth title in six years, while France is playing its first final since 2005.

Mladenovic and Garcia were cleared to play after the French Tennis Federation lifted their ban in September. The pair was provisionally suspended for ''damaging'' the federation's image at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where the players criticized the FTT over a clothing mix-up after their defeat in the first round of the doubles.