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India beats Czech Republic on debut, continues run of Hopman Cup upsets

India beats Czech Republic on debut, continues run of Hopman Cup upsets

Sania Mirza won her singles match and then combined with Rohan Bopanna in the doubles to guide India to a 2-1 win Sunday over the Czech Republic on its debut in the Hopman Cup mixed team tournament.
Mirza beat Lucie Safarova 6-2, 6-2 before Tomas Berdych leveled it for the Czech Republic with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Bopanna in 46 minutes.
India, which qualified by winning the Asian Hopman Cup event, won a tense deciding doubles encounter 10-5 in the match tiebreaker after splitting the first two sets 6-3, 5-7.
Mirza credited Bopanna with getting India through the doubles, after the Czech team rallied from a set and a break down to force a match tiebreaker.
"Rohan played unbelievable in the mixed, I literally didn't have to do much. He was flying all over the court," Mirza said. "But I had to let loose also, I couldn't just let the boys hit it."
In the opening Group A matches Saturday, late inclusion France upset defending champion United States 2-1 and Australia beat top-seeded Russia 2-1.


Updated : 2021-05-09 07:56 GMT+08:00