British number ones Andy Murray and Heather Watson are in action in Perth, Australia this week as part of their Australian Open warm-up representing Great Britain in the International Mixed Doubles team event, the Hopman Cup. A line-up of some of the World’s best players are competing at the Perth Arena hoping to win the title for their respective country. France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Alize Cornet won the title in 2014 and Cornet is defending the title this year with new partner Benoit Paire.
The eight teams are competing in two groups in the initial round robin stages and each tie consists of a men’s and women’s singles match and a mixed doubles match. Four teams are competing in each group with Eugenie Bouchard/Vasek Pospisil (Canada), Lucie Safarova Adam/Pavlasek (Czech Republic), Flavia Pennetta/Fabio Fognini (Italy) and Serena Williams/John Isner (USA) all competing in Group A. Murray/Watson (GBR) are playing in Group B with home team Casey Dellacqua/Matt Ebden (Australia), Cornet/Paire (France) and Agnieszka Radwanska/Jerzy Janowicz (Poland).
Watson/Murray make up team GB (source:www.hopmancup.com)
On day one, the opening Group A matches saw the Canadians take on the Czech’s with Safarova beating Bouchard 6-0, 6-4 and then Pospisil defeated Pavlasek 7-6(5) 6-2 to even the score. The Czech’s won the fixture 2-1 after winning the doubles 6-4, 6-2. In Group B, the Polish team beat the Australians 3-0. Radwanska beat Dellacqua 6-2, 6-3, Janowicz defeated Ebden 3-6, 7-5, 6-0 and Radwanska/Janowicz won the doubles against Dellacqua/Ben Mitchell 8-6.
Defending champion Alize Cornet is looking to lift the trophy again for France this year (source:www.hopmancup.com)
In GB’s first group B match on day two, Murray beat France’s Paire 6-2, 7-5 but Watson lost to Cornet 6-2, 6-2 to level the scorecard in the singles and then British pair won the fixture 2-1 overall after defeating Cornet/Paire 6-4, 2-6, 10-8 in the doubles. Tomorrow they face Poland and then the Australians on Friday with Group winners progressing to Saturdays final. The American team beat the Italians 3-0 with Williams beating Pennetta 0-6, 6-3, 6-0, Isner winning against Fognini 7-5, 5-7, 7-6(4) and the American duo winning the doubles 6-2, 2-6, 11-9.
Watson/Murray win for Great Britain (source:www.hopmancup.com)
Today the Italians suffered their second straight defeat against the Czechs which sees them unable to progress any further in the competition. In the Women’s singles, Safarova beat Pennetta 7-5, 6-3, Pavlasek beat Fognini 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the men’s to win the fixture and remain unbeaten in their group. Safarova/Pavlasek (CZE) then defeated Pennetta (ITA)/Mitchell (AUS) 8-6 in a doubles match. Neighbouring countries Canada played the USA and in a shock result Bouchard defeated Williams for the first time in her career 6-2, 6-1 and then Pospisil defeated Isner 6-3, 7-6(4) to secure the fixture for the Canadians.
Williams lost to Bouchard in todays Canada vs. USA fixture (source:www.hopmancup.com)