Date: 31 December – 7 January 1994
Venue: Burswood Entertainment Complex, Perth
|Petr Korda||Emilio Sanchez||Wally Masur||Jakob Hlasek|
|Jana Novotna||Conchita Martinez||Nicole Provis||Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere|
|United States||France||Ukraine||South Africa|
|Ivan Lendl||Cedric Pioline||Andrei Medvedev||Marcos Ondruska|
|Mary Joe Fernandez||Nathalie Tauziat||Natalie Medvedeva||Amanda Coetzer|
Czech Republic 2 d Germany 1
Jana Novotna d Anke Huber 1-6 6-4 6-3
Petr Korda d Bernd Karbacher 6-3 6-3
Karbacher/Huber d Korda/Novotna 8-3
Czech Republic 2 d Australia 1
Jana Novotna d Nicole Provis 6-2 6-2
Petr Korda d Wally Masur 4-6 6-1 6-4
Masur/Provis d Korda/Novotna 8-5
Germany 3 d Austria 0
Anke Huber d Judith Wiesner 6-2 1-6 6-
Bernd Karbacher d Alex Antonitsch 7-6 6-2
Karbacher/Huber d Antonitsch/Wiesner 8-4
Australia 3 d France 0
Nicole Provis d Nathalie Tauziat 4-6 7-6 6-2
Wally Masur d Cedric Pioline 7-5 6-4
Masur/Provis d Pioline/Tauziat 8-4
Austria 2 d Spain 1
Judith Wiesner d Conchita Martinez 6-2 6-4
Alex Antonitsch d Emilio Sanchez 3-6 6-4 6-3
Sanchez/Martinez d Antonitsch/Wiesner 8-1
Czech Republic 2 d Switzerland 1
Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere d Jana Novotna 6-4 7-5
Petr Korda d Jakob Hlasek 6-0 6-2
Korda/Novotna d Hlasek/Maleeva-Fragniere 6-4 6-4
Germany 2 d USA 1
Anke Huber d Mary Joe Fernandez 6-2 7-6
Bernd Karbacher d Ivan Lendl 6-3 6-1
Lendl/Fernandez d Karbacher/Huber 8-5
Czech Republic – Bye
USA – Bye
Spain – Bye
France – Bye
Austria 3 d Ukraine 0
Judith Wiesner d Natalia Medvedeva 7-6 6-3
Alex Antonitsch d Andrei Medvedev 4-6 6-2 6-1
Antonitsch/Wiesner d Medvedev/Medvedeva 6-0 6-0 (walkover)
Australia 2 d Sweden 1
Nicole Provis d Catarina Lindqvist 7-6 6-1
Mikael Pernfors d Wally Masur 6-4 6-4
Masur/Provis d Pernfors/Lindqvist 6-3 7-5
Germany 2 d South Africa 1
Anke Huber d Amanda Coetzer 7-6 3-6 6-1
Bernd Karbacher d Marcos Ondruska 6-4 6-4
Ondruska/Coetzer d Karbacher/Huber 8-7(10)
Switzerland 3 d Netherlands 0
Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere d Miriam Oremans 3-6 6-3 6-1
Jakob Hlasek d Jan Siemerink 4-6 6-4 7-5
Hlasek/Maleeva-Fragniere d Siemerink/Oremans 8-6
Hopman Cup VI summary
If you don’t succeed at first … try again. That was the philosophy of Hopman Cup VI when Czech Republic pair Jana Novotna and Petr Korda lined up for a second successive crack at the international trophy.
Even though Czechoslovakia, in its old form of a united nation, had won the inaugural Hopman Cup with Miloslav Mecir and Helena Sukova, this was a new ball game as the newly-shaped Czech Republic marshalled its tennis players in search of world glory.
Korda and Novotna, seeded second a year earlier, but semi-final departures courtesy of Spain, had progressed to No. 1 seeds by 1994 and they were to live up to that high expectation.
Austria opened proceedings with an upset win over sixth-seeds Ukraine, something that disappointed the growing fans of the family challenge from Andrei Medvedev, now ranked No. 6 in the world and the brightest star in the European tennis galaxy and his charming sister Natalia. But it was a 3-0 win to Judith Wiesner and Alex Antonitsch, in straight singles, followed by a forfeit in the mixed owing to a knee injury suffered by Andrei.
Germany, back to defend their Cup but with a new pair in the delightful Anke Huber and the relentless Bernd Karbacher, notched a hard-earned win over South Africa; Huber beating Amanda Coetzer in three sets and Karbacher downing Marcos Ondruska four and four, leaving the mixed a dead rubber.
Australia paraded Wally Masur and Nicole Provis for the second year running and they beat Sweden 2-1, courtesy of a great mixed doubles effort. Nicole had beaten Catarina Lindqvist in straight sets, but Masur went down to Mikael Pernfors — sporting a bald scalp after what he described as a too-narrow shave — and they had to pool their talents to advance to the quarters.
Switzerland’s previous winners in Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere, on an emotional farewell trip to Australia with retirement pending and Jakob Hlasek were too steady for Holland’s Miriam Oremans and Jan Simerink, winning both singles after each dropped the first set.
Australia really stirred the crowd with their 3-0 win over fourth-seeds France, with Nicole overcoming a shoulder injury to down Nathalie Tauziat in three sets and then Masur beat Cedric Pioline, leaving the mixed a dead rubber.
The match remains famous for the Pioline racquet incident involving the newly-introduced TEL electronic lines system. Pioline, using a rare and somewhat obsolete magnesium racquet, kept setting the alarm bells off in the TEL system; a flaw that was quickly remedied, but certainly puzzled a few people.
The Czechs also advanced, but the hard way, beating Switzerland 2-1 with Manuela producing a stirring Perth farewell with victory over the world No. 6 Novotna, who atoned by helping Korda (a crisp winner over Hlasek when he produced a perfect set) in the mixed.
Spain had a new pairing in the ever-popular Emilio Sanchez and Wimbledon winner Conchita Martinez standing in for his sister Arantxa, but the third seeds found an unexpected hurdle in Austria, losing both singles and then the unheralded German pair showed that the might of second seeds United States was not insurmountable.
Huber beat Mary Joe Fernandez in straight sets, including a tie-breaker and then Karbacher notched one of his best wins by beating former world No. 1 and adopted American Ivan Lendl, dropping just four games. It was a nightmare Hopman Cup debut for the great Lendl, who had filled in late after a personal request from an injured John McEnroe. It was to be his first appearance under the American flag and the former Czech also found it hard to accept the calls of a machine! The Germans lost the mixed, but that didn’t matter.
The semi-finals saw the red-hot Czechs stop the run of the Aussies, with Novotna beating Provis two and two, but Korda came from behind to down Masur in a great match. The Aussies entertained their home-town crowd with an 8-5 win in the pro-set mixed doubles.
Germany continued their giant-killing run by beating Austria, with only Huber dropping a set on her way to downing Wiesner, with Karbacher surviving a tight clash with Antonitsch and then winning the mixed to make a clean sweep.
But that good form wasn’t enough to defend their crown, even though a 6-1 opening set win to Huber against Novotna, who was still struggling to cope with the heat after coming off a Swiss Alps holiday, suggested that an upset was on the cards.
But Novotna recovered to win the next two sets four and three and Korda conceded seven games to Karbacher in his march to victory — and the championship spoils. The Czechs lost the dead rubber mixed, but the crowd got more than their money’s worth with a humorous pro-set full of entertainment.
It was a great win for Korda, whose former partner at HCIII was now his wife Regina, watching from the players box with daughter Jessica. Novotna, a finalist at the Australian Open and Wimbledon in between her visits to Perth for the Hopman Cup, was a worthy winner, with her prowess in doubles hardly needed as her singles form rose to the occasion.