Hopman Cup 2019: Wednesday Tennis Scores, Results & Updated Schedule | Launderer’s report
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Germany and Australia picked up victories in Group A of the 2019 Hopman Cup on Wednesday by beating France and Spain, respectively.
Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev beat Alize Cornet and Lucas Pouille in their singles matches to secure victory before the French duo edged them out in mixed doubles to avoid a whitewash.
Later, Ash Barty upset Garbine Muguruza in Australia’s first singles match against Spain. David Ferrer beat Matthew Ebden to level the scores, but Australia took the mixed doubles decision.
France against Germany
Angelique Kerber bt. Alizé Cornet, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
Alexander Zverev bt. Lucas Pouille, 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-2
Cornet/Puglia bt. Zverev/Kerber, 4-3 (4), 4-3 (3)
Australia v Spain
Ash Barty bt. Garbine Muguruza, 6-3, 6-4
David Ferrer bt. Matthew Ebden, 7-6 (1), 7-5
Barty/Ebden bt. Muguruza/Ferrer, 3-4 (3), 4-3, 4-3 (3)
Day Session (10 a.m. local, 2 a.m. GMT, 9 p.m. ET Wednesday): Great Britain vs. United States
Evening Session (5:30 p.m. local, 9:30 a.m. GMT, 4:30 a.m. ET): Greece vs. Switzerland
Cornet got off to a good start against Kerber, whom she had beaten in their last two meetings, with a clean first set.
The Frenchwoman seemed to be in control of the proceedings when she smashed Kerber at the start of the second, but the three-time Grand Slam winner showed her class with an impressive comeback:
Pouille took his match with Zverev to three sets after saving a match point in the second-set tiebreaker to force a decider.
Ben Rothenberg of New York Times points out at the tiebreaker:
However, Pouille couldn’t build momentum in the third set and was quickly dispatched 6-2.
Zverev nevertheless took the opportunity to praise his opponent, speak Associated Press (h/t ABS-CBN Sports): “Lucas fought well and played very well in the important moments. He’s a very tough opponent, and I think he’s going to do well at the Australian Open.”
Cornet and Pouille regained some pride in the mixed doubles, winning the match in straight sets via a pair of tiebreakers.
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Barty gave Australia a solid platform by beating Muguruza in the first singles match of their clash with Spain. A single break in each set made the difference in what was a tightly contested match.
Ferrer and Ebden were evenly matched, with the pair sharing six breaks of serve in the first set before the former claimed victory in a tiebreaker. Ebden attempted a spirited comeback after falling behind in the second, but the Spaniard held on to force the decider.
The Spanish duo took the lead in the draw when they won the opening set of the mixed doubles clash but failed to see the match.