Germany defeats Australia to reach Fed Cup semis

Stuttgart, Germany ( - Germany beat Australia in all three matches Sunday to book its spot in the Fed Cup semifinals.

Angelique Kerber started the day with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Samantha Stosur before Andrea Petkovic outlasted Jarmila Gajdosova 6-3, 3-6, 8-6 to clinch the best-of-five tie.

The German duo of Julia Goerges and Sabine Lisicki beat Casey Dellacqua and Olivia Rogowska to round out the 4-1 win.

Germany was last year's Fed Cup runner-up to the Czech Republic and has won three of the last four meetings with the Aussies, who reached the Fed Cup semis last year for the first time since 1993. Germany hasn't hoisted the trophy since 1992.

Germany will face Russia in a semifinal in April. Russia beat Poland in the quarterfinals.