Ashleigh Barty was unable to inspire Australia as France claimed their third Fed Cup title with a 6-4 6-3 win in a deciding doubles match.
The first day of the Fed Cup final delivered two lopsided rubbers as Ashleigh Barty and Kristina Mladenovic shone in the Perth sunshine.
Wang Yafan produced an impressive display to beat Tianjin Open defending champion Caroline Garcia in straight sets.
Venus Williams was undone by Rebecca Peterson at the Tianjin Open, where Caroline Garcia produced a fine fightback.
Aryna Sabalenka will continue her Wuhan Open title defence against Danielle Collins, who overcame former world number one Venus Williams.
Rain intervened to bring Karolina Pliskova's last-16 clash with Polona Hercog to a halt, with the top-seeded Czech facing a tough battle.
After an early exit at the US Open, Carolina Garcia was successful in her first outing at the Zhengzhou Open on Monday.
Chloe Paquet turned the tables on fellow French player Carolina Garcia with a shock win in Latvia on Wednesday at the Baltic Open.
World number 85 Bernarda Pera produced a surprise win in Lausanne on Wednesday, while Alize Cornet also tasted victory.
History-maker Cori Gauff showed a touch of class when she thanked Venus Williams for being an inspiration after beating her at Wimbledon.