Serena beats Sakkari but U.S. loses Hopman Cup tie to Greece

Serena beats Sakkari but U.S. loses Hopman Cup tie to Greece

Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova got off to sizzling start as she beat Ana Bogdan of Romania 6-0, 6-1 in just 53 minutes at the Shenzhen Open Sunday.

"I admire everything she's done on and off the court, we are both fierce competitors and we always want to win", added the 20-time Grand Slam champion of the once-in-a-lifetime match.

But the 23-time grand slam victor wasn't hindered by the inconvenience, snaring two breaks in the second set to wrap up the match in 104 minutes.

Greece defeated the U.S. 2-1 in its second round-robin match at the Hopman Cup in Perth on Monday, as Maria Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas overcame the resistance of a Serena Williams-powered USA doubles team for the first Greek victory in the tournament.

The Greek duo kept their tournament alive when they won the deciding mixed doubles, 4-1, 1-4, 4-2. "I wasn't missing any rhythm", Federer said after his win over world No.91 Norrie.

After beating Norrie, Federer said: "This was a great start, but there is a long, long way to go here - and in Melbourne [for the Australian Open], obviously".

"I love playing in Australia". Some of my best memories are here.

"It was my first match back (today), she played unbelievable. It's nice that I'm feeling as good as I am".




"I was making a lot of errors".

Federer said he had plenty of experience playing against women, going back to his days as a teenage tour hopeful in Switzerland.

Williams' appearance in Perth is her first tournament since her US Open meltdown, where she was handed a series of code violations in her loss to Naomi Osaka in the final.

The Swiss maestro, who is now playing at the Hopman Cup, barely broke a bead of sweat as he blitzed through his opening match, putting Switzerland in the driver's seat against Great Britain.

Federer breezed past Norrie in the first rubber, winning 6-1 6-1, before Bencic beat Boulter in two sets to clinch victory.

Earlier, world number 15 Tsitsipas gave Greece the initial advantage in the tie as he edged past Frances Tiafoe in three sets, 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3.

I'm sure there's a certain air of rivalry ahead of the big match, but the two aren't using the lead-up to rile each other up as some other sportsmen - or, erm, YouTubers - do.

I am collaborating with Tennis Tonic for the last 2 years following my passion for tennis. "I never said that", he explained.

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