US takes lead on France in Fed Cup semis

(AP Photo/Claude Paris)

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (AP) Sloane Stephens fought hard to beat Pauline Parmentier 7-6 (3), 7-5 and give defending champion United States a 1-0 lead against France in the Fed Cup semifinals on Saturday.

The U.S. Open champion saved five set points serving at 5-4 down in the first set and rallied from a break and 4-3 down in the second set.

Both players made more than 50 unforced errors each in a scrappy World Group match lasting 2 hours, 23 minutes, conceding 25 break-point chances between them.

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