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Spain beats Romania at Hopman Cup

Spain beats Romania at Hopman Cup

Spain remained unbeaten at the Hopman Cup after defeating Romania Tuesday on Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez's singles win and an injury retirement by Victor Hanescu.
Martinez Sanchez gave Spain a 1-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Sorana Cirstea. In men's singles, Tommy Robredo of Spain had won the first set 6-3 when Hanescu quit with a hamstring strain and groin injury.
Spain, which now has two victories in the group and is favored to make the final, completed a 3-0 result against Romania when Hanescu's injury forced him out of the mixed doubles.
Hanescu appeared to be limping during much of his singles match.
"It was a shame we could not have continued," Robredo said. "I thought I was playing pretty well."
Earlier, Australia's Lleyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur beat their American opponents in straight sets in singles to eliminate the five-time champion U.S. from final contention.
Hewitt beat John Isner 6-1, 7-5 while Stosur defeated Melanie Oudin 6-2, 6-4 to give Australia the win. The Americans won the later mixed doubles, 2-6, 6-1, 10-5 for a 2-1 final scoreline.
Australia now has a win and a loss in the group, while the Americans slumped to 0-2.
The team with the best record in each groups advances to Saturday's final.
Hewitt won the first three games of his match with Isner in just eight minutes, and faced a break point while serving for the set before hitting two aces to win. He broke Isner's service in the 11th game of the second set, then held to clinch the match.
"I played extremely well," Hewitt said. "John's always going to be an awkward player for anyone. I played him a couple of months ago (and beat him) so I kind of knew what to expect."
Stosur was happier Tuesday than after losing in three sets in Australia's opening match to Romania's Sorana Cirstea.
"It's a lot better walking off the court a winner than a loser," Stosur said. "I thought I played pretty well today."
Stosur won the first set in 26 minutes but faced a tougher test in the second, saving three break points before securing a break of her own to open a 4-2 lead. She converted three of seven break-point opportunities and had 14 aces.
Russia and Britain, each 1-0, play their Group B matches on Wednesday. The British, led by Andy Murray, take on Germany, while Russia plays Kazakhstan.


Updated : 2021-10-24 15:12 GMT+08:00