ROUEN, France (AP) — Caroline Garcia beat Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 6-3 to draw France level at 1-1 with Romania after the opening singles matches of their Fed Cup semifinal on Saturday.
French Open champion Simona Halep had put Romania ahead with a commanding 6-3, 6-1 win against Kristina Mladenovic on indoor clay at the Kindarena in Rouen, northwest France.
Mladenovic, whose ranking position has plummeted from 10th to 66th in the space of two years, conceded 17 break-point chances on her serve. She also made 35 unforced errors, compared to 19 for the second-ranked Halep.
No. 21-ranked Garcia was also dominant, breaking Buzarnescu’s serve five times.
Following the reverse singles on Sunday, Garcia and Mladenovic will take on Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu in the