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PARIS - Alize Cornet and Kristina Mladenovic beat Belinda Bencic and Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-4 in doubles Sunday to give France a 3-2 win over Switzerland in their first-round tie of the Fed Cup World Group II. Mladenovics quick hands at the net made the difference while Bencics inexperience in doubles showed. "We took a lot of pleasure," Mladenovic told Sport Plus television. "Its extremely difficult to play in such conditions, but our doubles team showed a lot of quality. We complemented each other very well. We had a great time on the court." Cornet and Mladenovic celebrated their victory with a chest bump while a disappointed Bencic shed tears on her chair. In a first set with five service breaks, the Swiss pair took a 4-1 lead. But Bencic then failed to serve out the set at 5-3 before Bacsinszky sent a forehand wide to drop serve at 5-5. Cornet hit a backhand winner to help France go a set up. The hosts broke Bencic in the fifth game of the second set but Mladenovic committed three double-faults to drop serve in the next game. Mladenovic made amends by earning the decisive break at 3-3 with a forehand volley and the French pair won the match when Bacsinszkys backhand sailed long. On April 19-20, France and Switzerland will compete in playoffs. France will try to gain promotion to the World Group while Switzerland will aim to stay in World Group II. Earlier, Cornet beat Bacsinszky 6-2, 7-6 (4) to give France a 2-1 lead before teenager Bencic eased past Virginie Razzano 6-1, 6-1 to bring Switzerland level with France at 2-2. Cornet won six straight games to rally from a 2-0 deficit and take the first set. The 25th-ranked Frenchwoman broke back twice in the second set before Bacsinszky saved a match point at 5-4. In the tiebreaker, Cornet jumped to a 5-2 lead and clinched victory when Bacsinszkys backhand sailed wide. "Amelie kept her trust in me today and Im glad I did not prove her wrong," Cornet said in reference to France captain Amelie Mauresmo. Bencic showed great composure to break Razzano five times in a one-sided rubber. "I just played with no pressure," Bencic told Sport Plus television. "I just enjoyed the match. I was so relaxed." Bencic took a 4-0 lead and won the first set when Razzano netted a volley. The 16-year-old Swiss capitalized on two forehand errors from Razzano to also break serve at 2-1 and 4-1 in the final set. Bencic converted her third match point when the 30-year-old Razzano sent a backhand into the net. "I couldnt do anything against her today," Razzano told Sport Plus television. "I think shes an unbelievable player. She plays some dream tennis. Her future is promising." In Saturdays singles, Razzano dismissed Stefanie Voegele 6-2, 6-1 to put France ahead before Bencic upset Cornet 7-5, 6-4 to even the tie. 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The Bears quickly fell out of contention in the NFC North, costing Emery and coach Marc Trestman their jobs, and had all sorts of distractions derail a season that began with legitimate thoughts of a playoff berth.The Bears also interviewed Kansas City Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard, who spent 12 years in Chicago working under Emery and his predecessor Jerry Angelo, along with Tennessee Titans vice-president of player personnel Lake Dawson and Houston Texans director of pro personnel Brian Gaine.As for the coaching job, the Bears interviewed Arizona Cardinals defensive co-ordinator Todd Bowles on Thursday — and Pace was in on that session. Chicago has also interviewed Seattle defensive co-ordinator Dan Quinn and Denver offensive co-ordinator Adam Gase for that position.The Bears must decide if theyre going to stick with quarterback Jay Cutler after the offence took a big step backward, and do something about a defence that has ranked among the leagues worst the past two years.New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis praised the hiring of Pace, calling him an outstanding member of the organization.He has been a key contributor in developing our roster throughout the past years, Loomis said. We will miss Ryan and his wife Stephanie however we are excited that that they will be with an organization like the Chicago Bears, of which we have the highest regard.Former Saints players Steve Gleason and Scott Fujita also had goodd things to say about Pace on Twitter.ddddddddddddRyan Pace GM Chicago Bears. Awesome guy. One of my all time favourite Saints personnel. Sad to see him leave NOLA. Good luck Ryan! Gleason posted.Fujita called him a great guy, great hire.Pace grew up in Texas and played defensive end at Eastern Illinois in the late 1990s. He has a daunting task as he tries to rebuild the team and win back fans after they stayed away from Soldier Field by the thousands late in the season.Chicago has been to the playoffs just four times since the start of the 1995 season. Only Oakland (three), Houston (two) and Cleveland (one) have fewer appearances in that span.The Bears thought they had a contender with a prolific offence returning intact and a rebuilt defence in tow. But little went right for Chicago.Trestman, who was hired to get the most out of Cutler, even benched the highly paid quarterback in favour of Jimmy Clausen for the second-to-last game of the season against Detroit. 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