Hopman Cup: Australia lost to Belgium ; Switzerland will take on USA

Australia’s Daria Gavrilova and Thanasi Kokkinakis can still reach the final of this year’s Hopman Cup tournament in Perth, despite losing their tie 3-0 against Belgium last night.

World number seven David Goffin, continued his impressive recent form to beat Kokkinakis 6-4, 6-2 in the men’s singles rubber.

Elise Mertens, the world number 36, fought back from a set down to beat the 25th-ranked Gavrilova 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the women’s singles.

 

“I started really well and I feel that she stepped up a lot and started making a lot more balls,” Gavrilova said.

“I think I gave up a lot of court and didn’t stick to my plan. I was just starting to play very defensive. “I was just chasing balls and went away from what I was doing in the first set.”

Roger Federer is due to turn out for Switzerland against the USA at the Hopman Cup.

Jack Sock was scheduled to compete for America but he has fitness problems which forced him to retire during his clash with Japan’s Yuichi Sugita on Tuesday. Sock injured his hip after taking a fall during the first set of his men’s singles clash.

A victory for Australia against German team of Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber on Friday night could yet earn the hosts a chance of winning their third tournament title.

If Germany prevails however, it will go through to Saturday’s final as the unbeaten winners of Group A.

A win for Gavrilova and Kokkinakis will have them looking to the number of sets won over the week to see if they, Germany, or Belgium (if they can beat Canada on Friday) will qualify for the tournament decider.

 

 

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