Switzerland beats France 4-1, advances to Fed Cup semifinals

Belinda Bencic of Switzerland celebrates her victory after beating Pauline Parmentier of France, during the fourth single tennis match of the Fed Cup World Group first round match between Switzerland and France, at Palexpo, in Geneva, Switzerland, on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.  (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

GENEVA (AP) Switzerland won all three matches Sunday to advance to the semifinals of the Fed Cup with a 4-1 victory over two-time champion France.

Belinda Bencic gave Switzerland an insurmountable 3-1 lead by beating Pauline Parmentier 6-3, 6-4 in the reverse singles after Timea Bacsinszky defeated Kristina Mladenovic 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-5.

Bacsinszky made it three wins in three games at the World Group first-round match when she teamed up with Martina Hingis in the doubles to beat Amandine Hesse and Mladenovic 6-4, 6-4.

On Saturday, Bacsinszky beat Alize Cornet 7-5, 6-4 in the opener on the indoor hardcourt and Mladenovic leveled for the 2016 finalists when she eased past Bencic 6-3, 6-4.

Belarus hosts Switzerland in the semifinals in April.