August 29, 2016

Serena Williams Withdraws from Hopman Cup

(January 6, 2016) No. 1 Serena Williams has pulled out the Hopman Cup in Perth. Williams did not play her first match and retired from her second match due to inflammation in the left knee. Vicky Duval, who replaced Williams in the first match will take over for the world No. 1 when team USA plays the Czech Republic.

“Just a really minor thing in the road and I’ll fly over it,” Williams said after the match. “I just have some inflammation that’s been going away very slowly – it’s going away but it needs a little more time.

“Mainly I was afraid to move and I need to get in the space where I’m not afraid to move. Maybe a day off or two will really make the world of difference.”

 

The Australia Green team of Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova stayed unbeaten in Hopman Cup with a 2-1 win over Great Britain, which dropped to 1-1.

Andy Murray lost to Kyrgios 6-4, 7-6 (6) before Heather Watson rallied to stop Gavrilova 6-7 (2), 6-2, 7-5. In the deciding mixed doubles, Kyrgios and Gavrilova won 6-2, 6-7 (0), 11-9.

 

Day four  Hopman Cup results

 

Germany d France 2-1

 

Caroline Garcia (FRA) d Sabine Lisicki (GER) 6-2 7-6(5)
Alexander Zverev (GER) d Kenny De Schepper (FRA) 6-2 6-2
Sabine Lisicki / Alexander Zverev (GER) d Caroline Garcia / Kenny De Schepper (FRA)
Australia Green d Great Britain 2-1
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) d Andy Murray (GBR) 6-4 7-6(5)
Heather Watson (GBR) d Daria Gavrilova (AUS) 6-7(2) 6-2 7-5
Daria Gavrilova / Nick Kyrgios (AUS) d Heather Watson / Andy Murray (GBR) 6-2 6-7(0) [11-9]
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Great Britain and Ukraine Get Wins on Day Two of Hopman Cup: Serena Williams Withdraws From Opening Tie

Hopman Cup

Day two – results

 

Ukraine d USA 2-1

 

Elina Svitolina (UKR) d Vicky Duval* (USA) 6-4 6-1
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) d Jack Sock (USA) 6-4 6-2
Vicky Duval / Jack Sock (USA) d Elina Svitolina / Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 6-2 6-3
*Vicky Duval replaced Serena Williams for the United States’ opening tie

 

Serena Williams withdrew from the first tie of Hopman Cup with knee inflammation. The No. 1 said that she expects to play the second match against Australia’s Gold team.

 

Great Britain d France 2-1

 

Andy Murray (GBR) d Kenny De Schepper (FRA) 6-2 6-2
Caroline Garcia (FRA) d Heather Watson (GBR) 6-3 5-7 6-3
Andy Murray / Heather Watson (GBR) d Caroline Garcia / Kenny De Schepper (FRA) 6-2 5-7 (10-6)

 

 

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Day three order of play

 

CZECH REPUBLIC V UKRAINE

 

10.00 am Karolina Pliskova (CZE) v Elina Svitolina (UKR)
Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
Karolina Pliskova / Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Elina Svitolina / Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
AUSTRALIA GOLD V USA 5.30 pm Jarmila Wolfe (AUS) v Serena Williams (USA)
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) v Jack Sock (USA)
Jarmila Wolfe / Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) v Serena Williams / Jack Sock (USA)
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“Miracle Coffee” Lifts Serena Williams at Hopman Cup

(January 5, 2015) Sluggish and apparently jetlagged, Serena Williams needed a coffee break after dropping the first set 6-0 to Flavia Pennetta at Hopman Cup on Monday.

“I am a coffee drinker. I didn’t have mine this morning and I was just feeling it, so I just had to get some coffee into me,” said the world No. 1.

“I just asked them to get me a shot of espresso. I asked them if it was legal, because I’ve never done it before.

“I needed to wake up – it’s just the jetlag. It gets you all the time.”

The coffee did the trick. Williams rebounded and went on to win the match 0-6, 6-3, 6-0.

“It’s miracle coffee,” Williams said jokingly after the match.

“I wanted coffee with my bagel and whatever coffee it was, it was really good.”

Team USA won the face-off against Italy 3-0 with John Isner beating Fabio Fognini 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (4) in men’s singles and Williams and Isner finished with a win in mixed doubles.

Next up for Team USA will be Team Canada.

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Safarova Leads Czechs to Victory in Hopman Cup Opener

Safarova

(January 4, 2015) Team Czech Republic defeated Canada 2-1 on day one of Hopman Cup on Sunday in Perth. Lucie Safarova lead the charge for the Czechs with a 6-0, 6-4 win over No. 7 in the world Eugenie Bouchard and later combined with Adam Pavlasek to win the mixed doubles.

“It’s the best way I could imagine and I started really strong and was pressuring her from the first point,” the 16th ranked Safarova told media.

Serena Williams and John Isner representing team USA will play their first match against Italy on Monday. Andy Murray, fresh off his Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament win, will lead Great Britain against France.

“If anything it’s going to help me for Melbourne,” Williams said of the 106 degree Fahrenheit temperature in the forecast for her Monday matches. “Perth is one of the hottest places I’ve ever played, so it will be really good for the preparation in Melbourne, which is always super-hot.”

 

Hopman Cup

Day 1 – Final results

Czech Republic d Canada 2-1

Lucie Safarova (CZE) d Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 6-0 6-4

Vasek Pospisil (CAN) d Adam Pavlasek (CZE) 7-6(5) 6-2

Lucie Safarova / Adam Pavlasek (CZE) d Eugenie Bouchard / Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-4 6-2

 

Poland d Australia 3-0

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 6-2 6-3

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) d Matt Ebden (AUS) 3-6 7-5 6-0

Agnieszka Radwanska / Jerzy Janowicz (POL) d Casey Dellacqua / Ben Mitchell (AUS) 8-6

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