Hopman Cup Tennis 2019 : Kerber beat Alize Cornet 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 while Zverev defeated Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-2 to advance with a 2-1 victory.The French pair had earlier recorded a 4-3 (4), 4-3 (3) win in doubles.Zverev had a match point in the tiebreaker but needed the third set to get the victory.
“Lucas fought well and played really well in the important moments,” Zverev said. “He’s a very tough opponent, and I think he’s going to do well in the Australian Open.”Zverev said the mixed-team event is good preparation for Australian Open, which starts on Jan. 14.
“You want to play tough opponents, you want to play the best players before a Grand Slam,” Zverev said. “I’ve played two very good players, and I’m happy to get those matches under my belt.”Barty gave Australia a strong platform as she beat Muguruza in the opening singles tie of their clash with Spain. A single break in each set made the difference in what was a tightly contested match.
Ferrer and Ebden were similarly matched, with the pair sharing six breaks of serve in the first set before the former eased to victory in a tiebreaker. Ebden attempted a spirited comeback after falling behind in the second, but the Spaniard held on to force the decider.
The Spanish duo took the lead in the tie when they claimed the first set of the mixed-doubles clash, but they failed to see out the contest.Later, Ash Barty and Matt Ebden came back to beat David Ferrer and Garbine Muguruza 3-4 (3), 4-3, 4-3 (3) in mixed doubles as host Australia defeated Spain 2-1.
Barty opened with a 6-3, 6-4 win over two-time Grand Slam champion Muguruza, while Ferrer defeated Ebden 7-6 (1), 7-5.
Ferrer has said this year will be his last.
“I am 100 percent I will finish my career in Madrid,” Ferrer said. “I am not playing bad. The problem is that I can’t play more than two matches. My fitness is not the same, I have great pain. It’s for that my ranking is not there.”
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reat Britain ended their Hopman Cup campaign with a 2-1 victory over the United States in Perth.
Katie Boulter and Cameron Norrie saw off 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams and world number 39 Frances Tiafoe 2-1 thanks to a victory in the deciding mixed-doubles rubber.
Norrie, 90th in the rankings, earlier beat Tiafoe 7-6 (4) 6-0 but Williams levelled the contest by seeing off Boulter 6-1 7-6 (2).
In the decider, the American duo took the first set on a tie-break but Boulter and Norrie responded to win 3-4 (2) 4-3 (4) 4-1.The British pairing finished their Group B campaign with two wins and a defeat but did not do enough to progress to the final.The Americans finished bottom of the group after suffering three defeats, but Williams – who won all three of her singles matches – felt the preparation was key to her Australian Open hopes.”It was perfect – it’s just like this in Melbourne,” she said, according to the Hopman Cup’s website.
“It’s the exact same sun and it gives me so many problems. After you serve, you are blind for the next two points.
“It was good to play three singles matches here, not to mention the mixed doubles.”There were victories for Germany and Australia on Wednesday in Group A of the 2019 Hopman Cup as they saw off France and Spain, respectively.
Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev beat Alize Cornet and Lucas Pouille in their singles matches to secure the win before the French duo edged them out in the mixed doubles to avoid a whitewash.
Later, Ash Barty upset Garbine Muguruza in Australia’s opening singles match with Spain. David Ferrer beat Matthew Ebden to draw the scores level, but Australia took the mixed-doubles decider.Day Session (10 a.m. local, 2 a.m. GMT, 9 p.m. ET Wednesday): Great Britain vs. USA
Evening Session (5:30 p.m. local, 9:30 a.m. GMT, 4:30 a.m. ET): Greece vs. Switzerland
Cornet made a fine start against Kerber, whom she’d beaten in their last two meetings, with a clean first set.
The Frenchwoman looked to be in control of proceedings when she broke Kerber early in the second, but the three-time Grand Slam winner showed her class with an impressive comeback:Pouille took his match with Zverev to three sets after saving a match point in the second-set tiebreaker to force a decider.
Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times remarked on the tiebreaker:Pouille was unable to take any momentum into the third set, though, and was quickly dispatched 6-2.
Zverev nevertheless took the opportunity to praise his opponent, per the Associated Press (h/t ABS-CBN Sports): “Lucas fought well and played really well in the important moments. He’s a very tough opponent, and I think he’s going to do well in the Australian Open.”Germany teammates Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev each won their singles matches over France on Wednesday at the Hopman Cup.