Spain has secured the first victory of Hyundai Hopman Cup 2013 with a tense two rubbers to one win over South Africa at the Perth Arena.
The Spanish pair of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Fernando Verdasco combined well to dispose of South Africa’s Chanelle Scheepers and Kevin Anderson in three sets, 6-4 6-7(3) [10-8].
Earlier in the session Anderson gave South Africa the lead defeating Verdasco in straight sets, 7-6(5) 6-4. Spain hit back to level the tie at one all with Medina-Garrigues proving too strong for Scheepers, 6-4 6-2.
A gutsy performance from Bernard Tomic and a knee injury to a tearful Andrea Petkovic saw Australia take a 3-0 victory over Germany in Saturday night’s Hyundai Hopman Cup 2013 at Perth Arena.
Tomic fought to defeat world No.21 Tommy Haas 7-6(6) 3-6 7-5 in the singles..
Petkovic won the first set 6-4 over 16-year-old Queenslander Ashleigh Barty in the opening set of the women’s singles rubber.
But the former world No.9 was then forced to make a tearful retirement due to a right knee injury.
“It’s unfortunate for Andrea, she’s a great player,” Ashleigh Barty said.
“I hope Andrea has a speedy recovery so she can play in the Australian Open.”
Petkovic’s withdrawal meant Australia was handed a 6-0 6-0 win in the mixed doubles, giving the eighth seeded nation a 3-0 tie win ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with top-seeded Serbia.
South Africa is in action again in tomorrow’s day session, up against number two seeded United States while Spain returns to the court on Sunday night to tackle France.
Venus Williams versus Chanelle Scheepers will open the day session on Sunday, followed by John Isner against Kevin Anderson.
World No.8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga versus Fernando Verdasco will open the night session, followed by Mathilde Johansson up against Anabel Medina Garrigues.