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Tennis: Kerber puts Germany into Fed Cup final after 3-1 win over Australia

Published on Apr 20, 2014 4:53 PM
Germany's Angelique Kerber hits a return against Australia's Sam Stosur during their match in the Fed Cup semi-final tie tennis match between Australia and Germany at Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane on April 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP  

BRISBANE (AFP) - Angelique Kerber put Germany into their first Fed Cup tennis final in 22 years, with a fighting victory over Australia's Samantha Stosur in the semi-final in Brisbane on Sunday.

World No. 7 Kerber fought back from dropping the opening set to beat former US Open champion Stosur 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 in 2hr 14min to give Germany an unassailable 3-0 lead over Australia.

The Australian pair of Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty prevented a wipe-out when they claimed the "dead" doubles rubber 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 10-2 over Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

The final result was Germany 3, Australia 1. Germany will play either the Czech Republic or Italy in the final. The Czechs are leading the holders and top seeds 2-0 after day one.

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