Hopman Cup 2019: Friday tennis scores, results and final schedule | Launderer’s report
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The 2019 Hopman Cup final will be a repeat of last year’s after Germany booked their place with a loss to Australia in their clash in Perth on Friday.
Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev both won their singles matches in the evening session to make mixed doubles dead rubber and secure their place in the final against the Swiss duo Belinda Bencic and Roger Federer.
The morning’s action saw Spain beat France 2-1 in Group A, with 36-year-old David Ferrer picking up a popular three-set victory over Lucas Pouille in the men’s singles.
Spain 2-1 France
Garbine Muguruza bt. Alizé Cornet: 6-1, 6-3
David Ferrer bt. Lucas Pouille: 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2)
Cornet/Puglia bt. Whitney Osuigwe*/Ferrer: 4-2, 4-2
*Osuigwe replaced Garbine Muguruza, who withdrew due to injury
Australia 1-2 Germany
Angelique Kerber bt. Ashleigh Barty: 6-4, 6-4
Alexander Zverev bt. Matthew Ebden: 6-4, 6-3
Barty/Ebden bt. Kerber/Zverev: 4-0, 4-3 (1)
Final: Germany v Switzerland 4pm local time, 8am GMT, 3am ET
Kerber’s victory over Ashleigh Barty was key Friday at RAC Arena.
Had the world number 15 managed to pull off the win in front of a home crowd to start the proceedings, the momentum would have been firmly in Australia’s favour.
But Kerber put in an impressive performance, while Barty made costly mistakes.
The German world No. 2 was the pre-match favorite, not least because she had won her last six consecutive Hopman Cup singles clashes, and she got the first set on the board in just over half a minute. time.
An early break in the second set then put her on the brink of victory, and after saving four break-back points, she secured the crucial opening victory:
That meant the pressure was largely on Zverev in his singles match with Matthew Ebden, a player ranked 42 places lower than him in the world.
And the 21-year-old clinched victory with relative ease in 76 minutes to confirm Germany’s place in the final:
Saturday’s centerpiece will be an identical matchup between the same pairings as in 2018, with the duo of Zverev and Kerber looking to avenge their loss.
Last year’s contest went to an exciting mixed doubles decider, who Federer and Bencic narrowly edged.