Hopman Cup 1993 (V)
Date: 2-8 January 1993
Venue: Burswood Entertainment Complex, Perth
|Michael Stich||Emilio Sanchez||Guy Forget||Thomas Muster|
|Steffi Graf||Arantxa Sanchez Vicario||Nathalie Tauziat||Judith Wiesner|
|Czech Republic||United States||South Africa||Switzerland|
|Petr Korda||Malivai Washington||Wayne Ferreira||Claudio Mezzadri|
|Jana Novotna||Mary Joe Fernandez||Amanda Coetzer||Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere|
Germany 2 d Spain 1
Steffi Graf d Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 6-4 6-3
Michael Stich d Emilio Sanchez 7-5 6-3
Sanchez/Sanchez Vicario d Stich/Graf – 6-0 6-0 (walkover)
Spain 2 d Czech Republic 1
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario d Jana Novotna 6-3 6-3
Petr Korda d Emilio Sanchez 6-3 6-4
Sanchez/Sanchez Vicario d Korda/Novotna 3-6 6-3 7-5
Germany 2 d France 1
Steffi Graf d Nathalie Tauziat 6-3 6-4
Michael Stich d Guy Forget 6-2 6-7 7-6
Forget/Tauziat d Stich/Graf 2-4 ret
Spain 3 d Switzerland 0
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario d Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 1-6 6-0 6-3
Emilio Sanchez d Claudio Mezzadri 4-6 6-3 7-6
Sanchez/Sanchez Vicario d Mezzadri/Maleeva-Fragniere 8-6
France 2 d USA 1
Mary Joe Fernandez d Nathalie Tauziat 6-1 6-7 6-4
Guy Forget d MaliVai Washington 6-3 6-4
Forget/Tauziat d Washington/Fernandez 6-3 6-2
Czech Republic 2 d Australia 1
Nicole Provis d Jana Novotna 6-1 6-4
Petr Korda d Wally Masur 7-6 6-4
Korda/Novotna d Masur/Provis 6-2 7-6
Germany 2 d Ukraine 1
Steffi Graf d Natalia Medvedeva 6-2 6-1
Andrei Medvedev d Michael Stich 7-5 7-5
Stich/Graf d Medvedev/Medvedeva 7-5 6-3
Germany – Bye
Czech Republic – Bye
Spain – Bye
USA – Bye
Australia 3 d South Africa 0
Nicole Provis d Amanda Coetzer 6-7 7-5 7-6
Wally Masur d Wayne Ferreira 7-5 6-3
Masur/Provis d Ferreira/Coetzer 8-6
Switzerland 2 d Japan 1
Kimiko Date d Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere 6-3 6-2
Claudio Mezzadri d Yasufumi Yamamoto 3-6 7-5 6-3
Mezzadri/Maleeva-Fragniere d Yamamoto/Date 6-2 5-7 6-2
Ukraine 2 d Austria 1
Judith Wiesner d Natalia Medvedeva 6-1 6-4
Andrei Medvedev d Thomas Muster 6-4 7-6
Medvedev/Medvedeva d Muster/Wiesner 7-5 3-6 6-2
France 3 d Israel 0
Nathalie Tauziat d Anna Smashnova 6-1 6-0
Guy Forget d Amos Mansdorf 6-2 6-7 7-6
Forget/Tauziat d Mansdorf/Smashnova 8-1
Hopman Cup V summary
The world’s No. 1 female tennis player in Germany’s queen of the courts Steffi Graf was back again and this time it was going to be third time lucky.
Injury and illness had hampered Steffi’s previous two visits to Perth for the Hopman Cup and this year she was partnered by Germany’s latest Wimbledon champion, Michael Stich.
The arrival in Perth of the entertaining Stich at least threw a hoodoo off the backs of the Hopman Cup people. He was the third Hopman Cup nominated player to win the $2-million Grand Slam Cup at the end of the year, but the first to actually make it to Perth, with previous winners Pete Sampras and David Wheaton both forced to cancel their Cup plans at the last minute due to injury.
Naturally the, Germans were the No. 1 seeds, getting that honour ahead of Jana Novotna and Petr Korda, who were proudly flying the flag of their new nation, the Czech Republic, after the break up of the old Czechoslovakia, winners of the inaugural Hopman Cup.
The ever-popular Sanchezes, Emilio and Arantxa, were back with a Hopman Cup to their credit and the event also welcomed back South Africa into the international sporting arena, competing as a nation in Australia for the first time in 28 years; a proud moment for Amanda Coetzer and Wayne Ferreira.
The Aussie pair of Nicole Provis and Wally Masur made their debuts and also new to the scene were a loveable young family double from the Ukraine, Andrei Medvedev and his sister Natalia.
Australia opened the programme with Provis saving a match point before upsetting Coetzer and her own tournament schedule, as she had to postpone her right to defend a tournament in Brisbane with her Hopman Cup progress winning a tight cliff-hanger, 6-7, 7-5, 7-6. Masur cleaned up the tough Ferreira 7-5, 6-3 and the Aussies were through.
Ukraine overcame a singles loss by Natalia Medvedeva to seasoned Austrian Judith Wiesner, but little brother Andrei made up for it with a gutsy win over Thomas Muster, 6-4, 7-6. The family affair won the doubles 6-2 in the third.
Japan were back again and rising young star Kimiko Date made it two in a row as she backed up her debut win over Helena Sukova with a 6-3, 6-2 victory against the much-more-experienced Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere. However, Claudio Mezzadri balanced things up for the Switzerland team with a three-setter against Yasufumi Yamamoto, with the Swiss then proving too polished in a three-set mixed doubles win.
French pair Guy Forget and Natalie Tauziat completed the quarter-finals with a clean sweep against another new team, Israel’s 16-year-old Anna Smashnova and able craftsman Amos Mansdorf.
The Spanish armada rolled into the event in fine style with a 3-0 win against Switzerland, with both Emilio and Arantxa coming back after dropping the opening set; Emilio doing it the hardest, 7-6 in a third-set tie-breaker.
American Mary Joe Fernandez made her HC debut a winning effort, beating Tauziat after dropping the middle set in a tie-breaker. She had been a late arrival and pushed through the pain barrier to defy illness and fatigue. France levelled the scoreboard as Forget beat big-serving MaliVai Washington, providing yet another mixed doubles decider, which went to the French, 6-3, 6-2.
Graf was in fine touch as she beat Medvedeva and then came yet another upset as Stich went down 5-7, 5-7 to Medvedev in a fiery contest played at the highest standard. It was only the German class in the mixed doubles that kept the top seeds alive.
Australia went down to the Czech Republic, but Spain showed they wanted a second HC win when they disposed of the Czech Republic 2-1 in the semis, with the singles split as Korda balanced things up with his win over Emilio. But again the family flavour was strong as they won 7-5 in the third of a riveting mixed doubles.
Germany marched to their first finals appearance with Graf beating Tauziat three and four, but Stich having to work overtime to beat Forget 6-2, 6-7, 7-6 to put them into the final, with the big German serving up an incredible seven successive aces to equal the world record.
The stage was set former champions Spain and top seeds Germany; the former team knowing what was needed for victory; the latter determined to make up for a couple of unlucky previous attempts.
Steffi overcame an ankle injury to beat Arantxa in what was a world-class match with the Queen reigning supreme, 6-4, 6-3. Stich then showed his Wimbledon style to beat Emilio 7-5, 6-4 with breaks of service a rarity and a most-enthusiastic Steffi climbed out of the players’ box to embrace her victorious compatriot.
Germany defaulted the mixed due to Steffi’s injury, but at last they were on the Hopman Cup honour board. Their victory had denied Spain the chance of becoming the first nation to win the Cup for a second time, leaving the scoreboard at five countries in five years.