ST. LOUIS (AP) — Madison Keys rallied for a three-set victory over Alize Cornet on Saturday, giving the United States a split of the opening two matches in its Fed Cup weekend against France.
Keys dropped the first set to Cornet and then trailed 5-3 in the second before she came back for a 6-7 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 victory in the second singles match. France's Caroline Garcia began the day with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Sloane Stephens.
The United States is playing without the Williams sisters in the World Group playoff on an indoor hard court at Saint Louis University. Serena Williams is taking a break and U.S. captain Mary Joe Fernandez said this month that Venus signed up for a tournament in Malaysia, not realizing that was the same week as the Fed Cup matches.
Stephens is scheduled to take on Cornet and Keys will face Garcia in singles play Sunday. The doubles match pits the U.S. team of Lauren Davis and Christina McHale against France's Virginie Razzano and Claire Feuerstein.
The winning nation will enter the World Group in 2015 and compete for the Fed Cup title. The loser will drop down to World Group II.
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