Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Tennis Perth Serena Williams overcomes ankle concern at Hopman Cup

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in action during the men's singles match between Frances Tiafoe of USA and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece on day 3 of the Hopman Cup tennis tournament at RAC Arena in Perth Monday Tennis Perth Roger Federer cruises to win at Hopman Cup
Jennie Wade | 31 December, 2018, 17:13

World No. 3 Roger Federer outplayed Briton Cameron Norrie 6-1, 6-1 to secure a winning start for defending champion Switzerland at the Hopman Cup Sunday.

Federer will now play his next match alongside Belinda Bencic as they face off against Britain's duo, which will take place after the women's singles rubber later today.

The 37-year-old was a long way off her commanding best and was visibly frustrated with her own game early in her Hopman Cup singles match, but still did enough to beat Greece's Maria Sakkari in straight sets.

But the 23-time grand slam victor wasn't hindered by the inconvenience, snaring two breaks in the second set to wrap up the match in 104 minutes.

The relaxed setting of the Hopman Cup is the flawless place for Williams to ease her way back into competition mode ahead of the Australian Open. "I was happy with all aspects of my game, footwork, offensive play, serve, return".

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"I admire everything she has done both on and off the court", Federer said.

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"It's never easy (first match), there are lot of errors that are going to be made and I think we both did pretty good".

In the only match of the Monday's program in Perth, Greece defeated the United States of America 2-1 to score their first win at this year's Hopman Cup, bouncing back after a loss against Great Britain to stay in contention for the place in the final.

Hoping for a similar start to the new season under new coach Rainer Schuttler, Kerber took the first set against Muguruza comfortably in the battle of the two former world number ones.

Boulter was much improved in set two, but Bencic held serve to make it 6-6 and then raced through the tie-break, which she won 7-0.

Although Zverev is ranked fourth in the world and Ferrer 126th, the German said he expected nothing less from the Spaniard, who who retired from Grand Slam tennis.

"All the credit is (to) David, coming back from a set down and break down", Zverev said.

"He didn't want to lose, he's a big fighter and had some great results during the year", Tsitsipas said.

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