Americans win at Hopman Cup mixed teams event

first_img The United States has won the Hopman Cup a record six times in the tournament’s 28-year history. Defending champions Australia, represented by Russian-born Daria Gavrilova and Nick Kyrgios, lost the late match Sunday against Spain. Kyrgios beat Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4 in the opener before Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena defeated Gavrilova 7-5, 6-1. Spain won the mixed doubles 4-0, 4-2 involving the same players. Roger Federer, making his return after a six-month left knee injury layoff, and Belinda Bencic begin play for Switzerland against Britain, represented by Heather Wilson and Dan Evans, tonight. SIX WINS PERTH, Australia (AP): CoCo Vandeweghe gave the United States an early lead and Jack Sock clinched the Americans’ opening match yesterday at the Hopman Cup mixed teams tournament. Vandeweghe beat Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-2 before Sock defeated Adam Pavlasek 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 to clinch the match against the Czech Republic. The two Americans also beat Pavlasek and Hradecka 2-4, 4-2, 4-1 in the mixed doubles, which, this year, features the Fast4 format, including a tiebreaker at 3-3 in each set and no advantage on points. Hradecka replaced two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova after Kvitova was injured 10 days ago in a knife attack by an intruder in her home in the town of Prostejov. Kvitova is expected to be off the tour for up to six months. “I played a decently clean match. It’s always going to be a little bit interesting your first time out on the court,” Vandeweghe said. “A little prematch jitters, but I thought I did a good job.”last_img read more

Read More »