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Fed Cup: Germany beat Australia in semifinal

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April 20, 2014 03:39 AM EST | AP


BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Germany sealed its place in the Fed Cup final by beating Australia, with Angelique Kerber clinching the victory with a three-set win over Sam Stosur on Sunday.

Kerber overcame a slow start to win 4-6, 6-0, 6-4, giving Germany an unbeatable 3-0 lead and its first Fed Cup final berth since 1992, when it beat Spain for the title.

Stosur opened the third set by double-faulting on break point, but broke back to level on hard courts at Pat Rafter Arena.

In the third game which went to eight deuces, Stosur's forehand error long gave Kerber the break and a 2-1 lead. Kerber was broken while serving for the match, but held serve two games later to close it out, clinching the semifinal with an ace.

Germany will play either Czech Republic or Italy in the final on Nov. 8-9. Czech Republic led 2-0 after the first day.

A later reverse singles match between Casey Dellacqua and Andrea Petkovic was not played.

Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty, who advanced to three Grand Slam doubles finals last year, beat Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-2, 6-7 (5) and 10-2 in the deciding pro set to make the final scoreline 3-1.

On Saturday, Petkovic and Kerber had straight-set wins — Petkovic opened with a 6-1, 7-6 (7) win over Stosur while Kerber defeated Dellacqua 6-1, 6-0.

Two years ago, Australia upset Germany 3-2 in Stuttgart in a World Group encounter in which Stosur won both her singles matches.

It was Australia's first semifinal appearance since 1993. Australia has not won the Fed Cup since 1974 when seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Evonne Goolagong led Australia to victory.