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Hopman Cup 1990 (II)

Spain’s Emilio Sanchez and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario celebrates victory over the United States in the Final.

Date: 26 December – 1 January 1990

Venue: Burswood Entertainment Complex, Perth

Teams

United States Czechoslovakia Australia Austria
John McEnroe Petr Korda Mark Woodforde Thomas Muster
Pam Shriver Helenda Sukova Hana Mandlikova Barbara Paulus
Spain Soviet Union France Italy
Emilio Sanchez Andrei Chesnokov Yannick Noah Paolo Cane
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario Natalia Zvereva Isabelle Demongeot Laura Golarsa

Results

Final

Spain 2 d USA 1

Emilio Sanchez d John McEnroe 5-7 7-5 7-5
McEnroe/Shriver d Sanchez/Sanchez Vicario 6-3 6-2
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario d Pam Shriver 6-3 6-3

Semifinals

Spain 2 d Czechoslovakia 1

Emilio Sanchez d Petr Korda 7-6 6-4
Korda/Sukova d Sanchez/Sanchez Vicario 6-1 6-2
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario d Helena Sukova 3-6 7-6 7-6

USA 3 d Australia 0

John McEnroe d Mark Woodforde 6-3 6-3
McEnroe/Shriver d Woodforde/Mandlikova 6-4 7-6
Pam Shriver d Hana Mandlikova – 6-0 6-0 (walkover)

Quarterfinals

Australia 3 d Soviet Union 0

Hana Mandlikova d Natalia Zvereva 6-4 6-2
Woodforde/Mandlikova d Chesnokov/Zvereva 6-3 6-2
Mark Woodforde d Andrei Chesnokov 6-4 6-2

Czechoslovakia 3 d France 0

Helena Sukova d Isabelle Demongeot 6-4 3-6 7-5
Korda/Sukova d Noah/Demongeot 6-4 5-7 7-5
Petr Korda d Yannick Noah 7-6 6-1

Spain 2 d Austria 1

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario d Barbara Paulus 6-4 6-7 7-5
Sanchez/Sanchez Vicario d Muster/Paulus 7-6 6-4
Thomas Muster d Emilio Sanchez 6-7 6-2 6-4

USA 3 d Italy 0

Pam Shriver d Laura Golarsa 6-2 6-4
McEnroe/Shriver d Cane/Golarsa 6-1 6-4
John McEnroe d Paolo Cane 6-4 4-6 6-4

First Round

USA – Bye
Spain – Bye
Czechoslovakia – Bye
Soviet Union – Bye

Italy 2 d Sweden 1

Mikael Pernfors d Paolo Cane 3-6 6-3 6-4
Cane/Golarsa d Pernfors/Lindstrom 7-5 6-3
Laura Golarsa d Maria Lindstrom 6-1 6-1

Australia 3 d Yugoslavia 0

Mark Woodforde d Slobodan Zivojinovic 6-1 6-1
Woodforde/Mandlikova d Zivojinovic/Goles 6-1 7-5
Hana Mandlikova d Sabrina Goles 6-0 6-0

Austria 3 d New Zealand 0

Thomas Muster d Kelly Evernden 6-3 6-2
Muster/Paulus d Evernden/Cordwell 7-5 5-7 6-4
Barbara Paulus d Belinda Cordwell 6-1 6-2

France 2 d Netherlands 1

Isabelle Demongeot d Brenda Schultz 4-6 7-5 6-4
Schapers/Schultz d Noah/Demongeot 6-3 6-2
Yannick Noah d Michiel Schapers 4-6 7-6 7-6

Hopman Cup II summary

The second year of Hopman Cup action came around surprisingly quick and with even greater expectations after the amazing success of HCI. How would the organisers follow up from a 38,000 crowd total and players like Steffi Graf, Pat Cash and Miloslav Mecir, all top 10 residents.

That question was quickly put to rest when the field expanded from eight countries to 12 and names like John McEnroe, Arantxa Sanchez, Yannick Noah, Petr Korda and Thomas Muster entered the equation, all either of top-10 status or renowned stars of recent years.

Mark Woodforde, a great doubles player, but still emerging as a singles campaigner, was the Aussie man with Hana Mandlikova back again to provide the female touch. But Australia were seeded No. 5 as the United States loomed as the hot favourites.

McEnroe, the triple Wimbledon singles champ and a prolific winner of doubles tournaments, was partnered by the experienced Pam Shriver, a brilliant doubles player in her sunset years and they deserved the No. 1 seeding ahead of the exciting Spanish brother-sister combo of Arantxa and Emilio Sanchez.

Helena Sukova, with the original Hopman Cup to her credit, was back and partnered by the improved Korda and the unheralded, but highly-credentialled Russians Andrei Chesnokov and Natalia Zvereva, completed the top four seedings.

Italy’s Paola Cane and Laura Golarsa opened proceedings with a 2-1 win over Sweden’s Mikael Pernfors and Maria Lindstrom after dropping the men’s singles. That got the event off to a dream start as the pint-sized Golarsa had her Christmas interrupted with a late call to fill in for compatriot Raffaella Reggi, who had fallen and hurt herself in Milan just before flying out to Perth.

Australia disposed of Yugoslavia’s Slobodan Zivojinovic and Sabrina Goles without dropping a set; Austria’s gutsy Muster and Barbara Paulus were too strong for New Zealanders Kelly Evernden and Belinda Cordwell in a clean sweep and France delighted the crowd when the entertaining Noah and Isabelle Demongeot beat Holland’s Brenda Schultz and Michiel Schapers in a tight tussle. The French lost the mixed doubles, but won the singles, both in tight three-setters … and the entertainment value was enormous.

Noah was doing handstands, cracking jokes; fooling with the lines people and generally keeping the crowd laughing in the mixed. And then he showed his serious side in a three-hour duel with Schapers in the singles, winning from match point down.

Much had been said about the emerging Russians, but the Burswood holiday mode affected Zvereva and Chesnokov and they bowed out without a whimper despite their fourth seeding. The Aussies beat them 3-0 in the quarter-finals, conceding only 17 games in three rubbers and Mandlikova showed her fighting qualities, winning despite serving well below her best.

Czechoslovakia’s third-ranked Korda and the ageless Sukova also had a 3-0 clean sweep over France, but much harder-earned; a three-setter in the women’s singles and the mixed and then a thrilling tie-breaker first-set win to Korda before the Noah spirit wilted and he went down 1-6 in the second set.

The combination of top seeds McEnroe and Shriver was too classy for Italy, with a 3-0 scoreline and only McEnroe forced to three sets as Cane snatched the second 6-4 to make it interesting. But interesting was an under-statement. In the “dead rubber” McEnroe brought the stadium to life as he clashed with English umpire Jane Tabor; receiving a behaviour warning for over-hitting a ball and then a penalty point for abusive language towards the chair. In frustration, the fiery American sat down and the game was forfeited. That was at 1-1 in the third set, but he recovered to win 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 … and the rubber didn’t matter!

Spain were looming menacingly as the brother-sister combination gelled like a close family should. With other clan members filling the players’ court-side box, it was tight, tense tennis for more than five hours.

Paulus took Arantxa to 7-5 in the third set; the mixed had an incredibly tight 7-6, 6-4 scoreline and Muster showed his prowess with a three-set win after dropping the opener in a tie-breaker that finished at 1.30am!

It was great tennis and proved that this three-rubber concept could spell-bind the fans for long hours.

But there was more to come.

The semi-final between Spain and Czechoslovakia literally went right to the wire a tie-breaker in the third set of the women’s singles was to decide which country would advance to the final. Emilio Sanchez won a classic struggle with Korda, 7-6, 6-4, but then the Czechs were too good in the mixed, conceding only three games.

When Sukova won the opening set of her singles with Arantxa 6-3, it looked ominous for the Spaniards. But it’s funny how fortunes fluctuate.

Arantxa was down a set and a break and playing ordinary when some encouraging words from Emilio stirred the blood. She had previously saved match points in both her earlier singles and now she came back from the brink again.

The gritty little Arantxa won a second-set tie-breaker and then repeated the effort to clinch a finals berth. Phew!

The other semi was far more formal, McEnroe beat Woodforde three and three and they won the doubles 7-5, 7-6. Mandlikova was troubled with a back injury and forfeited the dead rubber women’s. The final was going to be a mixed emotional affair. Emilio was due to catch a late-evening plane to meet a New Zealand tournament deadline, but he found time to upset McEnroe 5-7, 7-5, 7-5. In the doubles, the great American partnership conceded only five games.

Arantxa who was on a hit-run raid to Australia from her Barcelona home and was surprisingly not going on to the Australian Open had to beat Shriver, a tough competitor on any surface in any surrounds.

But when the little Spanish dynamo jumped towards the Dome’s inflatable ceiling after a 6-3, 6-2 scoreline, Emilio was even higher flying across Australia with Qantas and a telephone call to the pilot’s cabin told him that he was one-half of the Hopman Cup II champions …. and $50,000 richer. That inspired him onto further triumphs as he went on to win the Auckland Open.