Madison Keys of the U.S. reacts after winning her match against Australia's Daria Gavrilova 6-4, 6-2, during their Fed Cup World Group play-off in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, April 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
Tertius Pickard
April 16, 2016

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Christina McHale rewarded a selection gamble when she beat Sam Stosur 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 Saturday to give the United States a 2-0 lead over Australia in their Fed Cup world group tennis playoff.

U.S. captain Mary Joe Fernandez made a surprise decision to play McHale ahead of Coco Vandeweghe in the second singles and the move paid off when McHale, ranked 57, ended a run of four losses to the 26th-ranked Stosur.

Earlier, Madison Keys gave the United States a winning start with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Russian-born Daria Gavrilova who was making her Fed Cup debut for Australia.

The winner of the playoff, which ends Sunday, will play in the Fed Cup world group next year.

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