Caroline Garcia kept her composure to beat Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3 6-3 and bring France level at 1-1 with Romania in their Fed Cup semi-final after Simona Halep outclassed Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 6-1 in the opening singles yesterday.
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.
The eventual winners will face Australia in November's final.
On the other hand, six-time champions Australia, whose most recent title was in 1974, reached the final in 26 years after they defeated Belarus with 3-2 scoreline in the other semi-final in Brisbane.
Halep came into her clash with Mladenovic as favourite and despatched her French opponent 6-3, 6-1 to get Romania off to the ideal start. This is my best-ever Fed Cup singles match.
It hauled Australia back into the tie after world number 10 Sabalenka toiled for 2hrs 47mins to battle past former US Open champion Stosur 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 in the opening rubber. It's hard to play against Kristina because she cuts the rhythm and I couldn't find my rhythm.
The Romanians, who won their only previous Fed Cup tie against France in 1976, made it to the last four after upsetting defending champions Czech Republic in an epic quarter-final in Ostrava in February.
Garcia then claimed a third win in three singles rubbers since she returned from a two-year exile after falling out with her Fed Cup teammates.
"I'm so happy to win this point", Parmentier told Fed Cup.com afterward.
The first set was deadlocked, 5-all, when an energetic Niculescu took over with a series of clever angles and spins.
On the second set point, a scrambling Niculescu flicked another backhand topspin lob handcuffing Garcia, who muffed a reply into net.
Jarry led 3-0 in the final set and was a break up at 4-3 after second seed Zverev fought back, before finally toppling the German despite losing the first three points of the breaker.
Tension tightened as the final set escalated while frenzied fans amped up cheering support.
On match point, Garcia hit a body serve to seal France's sixth trip to the Fed Cup final and first since 2016.