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Russia, Spain advance to Hopman Cup final

Russia, Spain advance to Hopman Cup final

Top-seeded Russia will play Spain in the Hopman Cup mixed teams tennis final.
Russia advanced first Thursday from Group A when Nadia Petrova and Dmitry Tursunov won their singles matches then combined in mixed doubles for a 3-0 win over France.
Later Thursday, second-seeded Spain qualified when it won the two opening matches of its final Group B round-robin against previously unbeaten India.
Anabel Medina Garrigues beat Sania Mirza of India 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 before Spain's Tommy Robredo defeated Rohan Bopanna 6-2, 6-3.
Russia and Spain will play Friday night in the final at Burswood Dome. The Czech Republic had an outside chance of making it to the final, but lost 2-1 to Croatia in another late Group B match.
Mirza's weeklong winning streak ended mostly because of her 61 unforced errors against Medina Garrigues.
Petrova beat Tatiana Golovin of France 7-6 (2), 6-0 and California-based Tursunov defeated Jerome Haehnel 6-1, 6-4 in singles.
Petrova and Tursunov then combined to beat Golovin and Haehnel 6-4, 6-2 to complete the whitewash and finish the round-robin at 2-1. France also finished at 2-1 but did not qualify for the final due to its loss to Russia.
In another Group A match Thursday, Australia beat the United States 2-1 after Alicia Molik and Nathan Healey won the deciding mixed doubles over Ashley Harkleroad and Mardy Fish 6-4, 7-5. The Americans finished 0-3.
Molik beat Harkleroad, a late replacement for the injured Venus Williams, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to give Australia a 1-0 lead before Fish evened the match with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Healey.
Petrova had to overcome a painful stomach muscle injury to beat Golovin.
"I injured my abdominal muscle so I have a bit of pain with serving, and it was getting worse and worse with each single game," Petrova said.
"I wasn't feeling well and it was difficult to find that motivation, but deep inside my heart I knew we still had a chance in this competition. So I really had to find the strength and find the will to fight."
Petrova said the singles matches would be the key to Russia's chances on Friday.
"If it goes down to a mixed doubles as the deciding point, then so be, it but I think we have really good chances to win in singles," Petrova said.


Updated : 2021-10-27 20:40 GMT+08:00