World number one Ashleigh Barty hails her “perfect match” in beating Caroline Garcia 6-0 6-0 to draw Australia level in the Fed Cup final against France.
The world number one, fresh from winning the WTA Finals in China, came on court in Perth under pressure after the nervous Tomljanovic was thrashed 6-1, 6-1.
But in searing 38 Celsius (100 Fahrenheit) heat she kept her cool to embarrass a stunned Garcia in a rare double bagel, with the Frenchwoman having no answers to the Barty armoury in front of 13,000 fans.
It left the tie evenly poised at 1-1 ahead of today´s reverse singles and doubles clash if needed, with Australia targeting an eighth title and first in 45 years, and France seeking a third, their first since 2003.
“This is remarkable, I couldn´t have asked for a more perfect match. I think that´s the best tennis match I´ve ever played in my life,” said Barty.