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US defeats India, wins opening match at 20th Hopman Cup

US defeats India, wins opening match at 20th Hopman Cup

Meghann Shaughnessy, filling in for Serena Williams, got the United States off to a winning start and Mardy Fish clinched the win over India in the first match of the 20th Hopman Cup.
The No. 2-ranked U.S. team had an unbeatable 2-0 lead after the singles before India pair Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna won the doubles 6-4, 6-4.
Shaughnessy ended a seesawing opening women's match by winning the last five games against Mirza for a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory.
Fish secured an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the first of the U.S. team's three round-robin matches at the international mixed team event with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Bopanna in the men's singles.
Australia was to play the Czech Republic later Saturday, with the top-seeded Serbia starting its Group A campaign against Taiwan and France playing Argentina on Sunday.
Australian Open champion Serena Williams was expected to arrive in Perth on the weekend and replace Shaughnessy for the United States' next match against Czech Republic on Monday. She delayed her arrival to further recover from a knee injury.
Each team plays three times in the round-robin format, with the top two teams in each group advancing to the semifinals.


Updated : 2021-04-13 07:25 GMT+08:00