Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Williams happy with Hopman tune-up, Tennis News & Top Stories

Williams happy with Hopman tune-up, Tennis News & Top Stories

The victor of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, Williams was made to work a little harder than expected by young Brit Katie Boulter in the United States' final group tie, but prevailed in straight sets to make it 3 victories from as many outings as she prepares for the upcoming Australian Open.

Williams and Federer served strongly and were unable to return any of each other's serves in the first set.

Greece, who needed a 3-0 win to progress at the expense of Switzerland, finished with a 2-1 consolation victory.

The victory assured Switzerland's advancement, but Greece claimed a consolation 2-1 victory when Maria Sakkari beat Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4 in the women's singles.

The Brit had a positive start to the second set, holding to love and then breaking the American great in the next game to get to a 2-0 lead. The first set would go to a tiebreak, where the Greeks would save three set points to take it 5-4.

"I have beaten two quality opponents and I'm happy with my level leading into Auckland next week".

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Switzerland will play either Germany or Australia in the Hopman Cup final.

Federer lost only seven games in wins over Cameron Norrie and Frances Tiafoe but found it tougher in his first match against Tsitsipas.

Serena Williams completed a sweep of her singles matches at the mixed-team Hopman Cup yesterday as she readies a bid to join Margaret Court on 24 Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open. "People talk about her serve so much and I see why it is such a wonderful serve because you just can't read it". The 23-time Grand Slam champion, however, raised his game in the tiebreaker with a ideal drop shot to take a 6-3 lead.

In Perth, she dropped just one set in her singles matches although, at different times, she seemed to be troubled by a right shoulder problem and had both ankles strapped.

Earlier, Federer beat Tiafoe 6-4, 6-1 in the men's singles before Williams' 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Bencic. With daughter Alexis Olympia in attendance, Williams was made to work in the second set before prevailing.

"It was definitely good to play three singles matches here, not to mention the mixed [doubles]", said Williams. However, Federer came from behind to win the opening set 7-5.

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