Despite British Number ones Andy Murray and Heather Watson winning their final fixture against Australia 3-0 in Group B, the Great Britain team were knocked out of the Hopman Cup in Perth as Poland progressed to the final over defending champions France to face the USA. Watson won her first singles match of the tournament against Casey Dellacqua 6-3, 6-4 and Murray kept up his unbeaten singles record defeating Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-2 and together the pair won their final Mixed Doubles match against Dellacqua/Matosevic 7-5, 6-1 to end the event on a positive note.
A win over Australia for British number ones Murray and Watson (source:www.bbc.com/sport)
In Saturday’s final Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska beat Serena Williams in three sets 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-1 but the USA’s John Isner levelled things for the USA team defeating Jerzy Janowicz 7-6(10), 6-4, The Polish pair pulled victory out of the bag winning the Mixed Doubles match 7-5, 6-3 and lifting the trophy for their country.
Poland’s Janowicz and Radwanska win the Hopman Cup for Poland (source:www.bbc.com/sport)
In other tennis news. Murray’s older brother Jamie and his Australian doubles partner John Peers beat Alexandr Dolgopolov and Kei Nishikori to win the Brisbane International men’s doubles title, winning 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in the final that lasted just over an hour. This victory gives the duo their fifth title (12th ATP men’s doubles for Murray since 2004) and the pair kept a clean sheet en route to the final not losing a single set on their way to the overall victory.
Doubles winners in Brisbane, Brit Jamie Murray and partner John Peer from Australia (source:www.bbc.com/sport)
In the men’s singles event in Brisbane, top seed Roger Federer secured his 1,000th career victory beating Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4 in the final to win the Brisbane International title. World number two Federer becomes only the third man in tennis history, after Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl, to secure 1,000 ATP wins. In the Women’s event top seed and World Number two Maria Sharapova beat fellow former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3 to lift the winners trophy and claim her 34th career title too.
Federer wins his 1,000th ATP tournament (source:www.bbc.com/sport)
Both the tournaments in Perth and Brisbane act as warm-ups for the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open which starts next Monday 19th January. The rest of the men’s top players were in Doha competing in the Qatar Open which was won by Spain’s David Ferrer. Seeded fourth Ferrer beat Czech Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-5 in the final. Both World number one Novak Djokovic and number three Rafael Nadal suffered shock defeats in the event with Djokovic losing against Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 in the quarter-finals and Nadal bowing out in the first round defeated by Germany’s Michael Berrer ranked 127th in the world 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Venus Williams win the ASB Classic in New Zealand (source:www.festivaloftennis.co.nz/asbclassic)
Over in New Zealand seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus William’s beat number one seed Caroline Wozniacki to win the 2015 ASB Classic in Auckland. Williams won the match in three sets 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to claim victory after she was runner-up last year and that she would return and win in 2015.