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Hopman Cup 2008 (XX)

Top seeds Serena Williams and Mardy Fish beat Serbian duo Novak Djokovic and Jelena Jankovic to claim the cup.

Date: 29 December – 4 January 2008

Venue: Burswood Entertainment Complex


United States Czech Republic Argentina India
Mardy Fish Tomas Berdych Juan Ignacio Chela Rohan Bopanna
Serena Williams Lucie Safarova Gisela Dulko Sania Mirza
Serbia France Australia Chinese Taipei
Novak Djokovic Arnaud Clement Peter Luczak Lu Yen-Hsun
Jelena Jankovic Tatiana Golovin Alicia Molik Hsieh Su-Wei



USA 2 d Serbia 1

Serena Williams d Jelena Jankovic 6-0 6-0 (walkover)

Novak Djokovic d Mardy Fish 6-2 6-7(4) 7-6(4)
Time: 166 minutes, Umpire: Adel Aref

Williams/Fish d Jankovic/Djokovic 7-6(4) 6-2
Time: 85 minutes, Umpire: John Blom

Session 10

Serbia 2 d Argentina 1

Gisela Dulko d Jelena Jankovic 6-7(10) 6-0 6-0 ret
Time: 71 minutes, Umpire: Adel Aref

Novak Djokovic d Juan Ignacio Chela 6-2 6-3
Time: 67 minutes, Umpire: Alison Lang

Jankovic/Djokovic d Dulko/Chela 6-1 3-6 7-6(4)
Time: 77 minutes, Umpire: Adel Aref

France 3 d Chinese Taipei 0

Tatiana Golovin d Hsieh Su-Wei 6-1 6-1
Time: 44 minutes, Umpire: John Blom

Arnaud Clement d Lu Yen-Hsun 7-6(2) 6-4
Time: 107 minutes, Umpire: Kerrilyn Cramer

Golovin/Clement d Hsieh/Lu 6-4 4-6 7-6(6)
Time: 98 minutes, Umpire: John Blom

Session 9

USA 3 d Australia 0

Serena Williams d Alicia Molik 6-2 7-6(7)
Time: 85 minutes, Umpire: Alison Lang

Mardy Fish d Peter Luczak 7-6(5) 7-6(10)
Time: 116 minutes, Umpire: Adel Aref

Williams/Fish d Molik/Luczak 6-2 6-3
Time: 61 minutes, Umpire: Alison Lang

Czech Republic 2 d India 1

Lucie Safarova d Sania Mirza 6-2 4-6 6-3
Time: 110 minutes, Umpire: Kerrilyn Cramer

Tomas Berdych d Rohan Bopanna 6-4 6-0
Time: 58 minutes, Umpire: John Blom

Mirza/Bopanna d Safarova/Berdych 6-3 6-2
Time: 63 minutes, Umpire: Kerrilyn Cramer

Session 8

Chinese Taipei 3 d Argentina 0

Hsieh Su-Wei d Gisela Dulko 3-6 7-6(2) 7-5
Time: 144 minutes, Umpire: John Blom

Lu Yen-Hsun d Juan Ignacio Chela 6-3 6-4
Time: 82 minutes, Umpire: Alison Lang

Hsieh/Lu d Dulko/Chela 3-6 6-4 7-6(4)
Time: 69 minutes, Umpire: Kerrilyn Cramer

Session 7

Serbia 2 d France 1

Tatiana Golovin d Jelena Jankovic 6-1 6-0 ret

Novak Djokovic d Arnaud Clement 6-3 6-3
Time: 85 minutes, Umpire: Adel Aref

Jankovic/Djokovic d Golovin/Clement 5-7 6-4 7-6(4)
Time: 101 minutes, Umpire: John Blom

Session 6

India 2 d Australia 1

Sania Mirza d Alicia Molik 6-2 2-6 6-4
Time: 109 minutes, Umpire: Kerrilyn Cramer

Peter Luczak d Rohan Bopanna 7-6, 6-3
Time: 70 minutes, Umpire: Adel Aref

Mirza/Bopanna d Molik/Luczak 6-2 4-6 7-6(11)
Time: 77 minutes, Umpire: John Blom

Session 5

USA 3 d Czech Republic 0

Serena Williams d Lucie Safarova 6-0 2-6 7-5
Time: 111 minutes, Umpire: Alison Lang

Williams/Fish d Safarova/Berdych 6-0 ret

Mardy Fish d Tomas Berdych 6-0 6-0 (walkover)

Session 4

France 2 d Argentina 1

Tatiana Golovin d Gisela Dulko 6-4 6-3
Time: 84 minutes, Umpire: Alison Lang

Juan Ignacio Chela d Arnaud Clement 6-3 6-1
Time: 76 minutes, Umpire: John Blom

Golovin/Clement d Dulko/Chela 6-3 6-2
Time: 60 minutes, Umpire: Kerrilyn Cramer

Session 3

Serbia 3 d Chinese Taipei 0

Jelena Jankovic d Su-Wei Hsieh 6-4 6-4
Time: 80 minutes, Umpire: Kerrilyn Cramer

Novak Djokovic d Yen-Hsun Lu 7-5 2-6 6-3
Time: 154 minutes, Umpire: Adel Aref

Jankovic/Djokovic d Hsieh/Lu 3-6 6-2 7-6 (8)
Time: 83 minutes, Umpire: John Blom

Session 2

Australia 2 d Czech Republic 1

Alicia Molik d Lucie Safarova 7-5 6-2
Time: 81 minutes, Umpire: John Blom

Tomas Berdych d Peter Luczak 7-6(7) 6-4
Time: 103 minutes, Umpire: Alison Lang

Molik/Luczak d Safarova/Berdych 7-5 6-3
Time: 80 minutes, Umpire: Adel Aref

Session 1

USA 2 d India 1

Meghann Shaughnessy d Sania Mirza 6-3 4-6 6-3
Time: 132 minutes, Umpire: Alison Lang

Mardy Fish d Rohan Bopanna 6-2 6-4
Time: 72 minutes, Umpire: Adel Aref

Mirza/Bopanna d Shaughnessy/Fish 6-4 6-4
Time: 71 minutes, Umpire: Kerrilyn Cramer

Match summaries


  • USA 2 d Serbia 1

SERBIA put up a brave fight, but Serena Williams and Mardy Fish have powered the United States to its fifth Hyundai Hopman Cup victory to continue its dominance in the 20-year-old ITF mixed teams championship at Perth’s Burswood Dome.

The USA didn’t win until the ninth staging of the tournament, but has now won five times, including four in the past six years. Williams previously was victorious in 2003 with James Blake, while it was Fish’s first win in his second appearance.

Credit must be given to the top seeds Serbia, who continued to fight despite Jankovic being restricted due to a strained muscle at the top of her right hamstring.

Djokovic had an outstanding week in Perth, needing to make up for Jankovic being unable to finish three of her singles matches. Djokovic ended up undefeated in his singles, with the final the only loss in the mixed doubles for the pair of world No. 3s.

The USA was handed the advantage when Jankovic was unable to play the women’s singles, but Djokovic ensured the mixed doubles would decide the winner by beating Fish in a gruelling three-set battle.

After a fast start, Serbia couldn’t match it with two accomplished doubles players, with the Americans wrapping up the win 7-6 (5), 6-2.

Already exhausted from his mammoth performance the previous two days, Djokovic had to endure a two and a half hour marathon with Fish to send the final into a deciding mixed doubles rubber. Djokovic won 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4).

Djokovic had succeeded in the past two ties winning his singles and being dominant in the doubles to see Serbia into the final after Jankovic withdrew through injury in her match on each occasion.

He again started tremendously in the men’s singles that unusually kicked off final proceedings against Fish.

The American had been dominant on serve all week, but Djokovic broke his opening service again, and once more in the opening set to claim it 6-2.

Fish was able to break Djokovic’s serve twice in the second set, but on both occasions the Serb broke straight back to keep things even.

However, Djokovic had a chance to break Fish again with the score at 5-4 and win the match, but couldn’t and the set went to a tie-break.

Fish was right on top and had no trouble sending the match into a third set by winning the tie-break seven points to four.

Djokovic was showing understandable signs of fatigue during the second and third sets, but he managed to hang in against a much fresher Fish and force the third to a deciding tie-break.

Djokovic managed to power through despite appearing exhausted, winning seven points to four to keep his country alive and a chance to win its first Hyundai Hopman Cup.

The Serbians made a brilliant start to the mixed doubles and looked capable of upsetting Williams and Fish by racing to a 4-1 lead. The USA then won the next three games to level the set, though, and it went to a tie-break.

Williams and Fish claimed it seven points to five to win the set in 52 minutes and hold a crucial advantage over Serbia with Jankovic on one leg.

The Americans quickly wrapped up the second set 6-2 and Williams and Fish were ecstatic to be crowned Hyundai Hopman Cup XX champions.

Session 10

  • Serbia 2 d Argentina 1
  • France 3 d Chinese Taipei 0

AGAIN overcoming Jelena Jankovic’s injury, Serbia has defeated Argentina to advance to the Hyundai Hopman Cup final to face the United States on Friday night.

Jankovic won the first set against Gisela Dulko before retiring due to her upper leg strain. With France doing well against Chinese Taipei and ready to enter the final given an opening, Serbia couldn’t afford a slip-up.

Novak Djokovic defeated Juan Ignacio Chela 6-2, 6-3 and then the No. 1 seeds beat Argentina in three sets in the mixed doubles to ensure a place against Serena Williams and Mardy Fish.

Jankovic attempted to play through her leg injury and won a long and tight first set over Dulko 12 points to 10 in the tie-break. She soon went down a break in the second set and retired.

Games went on serve all the way to the tie-break in the opening set, where Dulko soon assumed control.

The Argentine had four set points in the tie-break, but blew them and Jankovic only needed two to take the set, which could have proved crucial in final calculations.

Djokovic needed to win his singles to keep Serbia’s final hopes alive, and had little trouble as he beat Chela in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.

The doubles were still crucial to decide whether it would be Serbia or France in the final, so Jankovic tried to return for the doubles and let Djokovic take control at their end of the court.

Jankovic and Djokovic blitzed Dulko and Chela in the opening set 6-1, following the Argentines losing both its doubles matches previously in the tournament.

Dulko and Chela finally began playing better by taking advantaged of their wounded opponent to claim the second set 6-3 and force a match tie-break.

It was a match tie-break that would not only decide the winner of the tie, but whether or not Serbia or France would face the USA in the final.

Ending their disappointing Hyundai Hopman Cup winless, Argentina blew the match tie-break for themselves and France, with Serbia prevailing 10 points to four to see the two world No. 3s take their country to their first final in Perth.

Serbia finish on top of Group A with wins over France, Chinese Taipei and Argentina. Argentina lost all three ties to finish fourth in the group.

FRANCE did what it needed by beating Chinese Taipei, but Serbia’s win over Argentina left Tatiana Golovin and Arnaud Clement just short of their country’s first Hyundai Hopman Cup final.

France needed to sweep Chinese Taipei 3-0 to keep its final hopes alive and Golovin and Clement delivered, winning both singles matches in straight sets and the doubles in three.

Less than 24 hours since the biggest win of her career over Argentina’s Gisela Dulko, Su-Wei Hsieh couldn’t back up the performance, with the world No. 13 Golovin dominating to win 6-1, 6-1.

Clement needed to win his first match at his second Hyundai Hopman Cup, but it didn’t loom as an easy task with Lu coming off an impressive win over Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Chela.

Lu got the opening break in the first set to go up 4-2, but Clement was able to recover and level it at 4-4. It then went to a tie-break, which Clement controlled from the start to claim it seven points to two.

It was also a battle in the second, but Clement came out on top to record his first singles win of Hyundai Hopman Cup XX, and ever over Lu. Clement had four opportunities to take a double break and a 5-2 advantage, but Lu fought through to level at 4-4.

However, not to be denied, the 30-year-old broke back and served it out to take the set 6-4 and the match, keeping the French alive.

During the mixed doubles, Serbia defeated Argentina on Centre Court to qualify for the final, but it didn’t stop a tremendous doubles encounter between the French and Chinese Taipei players.

Golovin and Clement claimed the first set 6-4 after beginning 0-2, before Hsieh and Lu sent it to a deciding match tie-break winning the second 6-4. The French pair won the match tie-break 10 points to six to end their Hyundai Hopman Cup campaign on a high.

In the end, France finished second in Group A and Chinese Taipei an impressive third in their first appearance after qualifying through the Asian Hopman Cup.

Session 9

  • USA 3 d Australia 0
  • Czech Republic 2 d India 1

SERENA Williams and Mardy Fish booked a place into the Hyundai Hopman Cup final by winning their singles matches over Australia’s Alicia Molik and Peter Luczak.

The victory in Thursday’s tie leaves the Americans undefeated at the 20th staging of the Hyundai Hopman Cup, even though Meghann Shaughnessy substituted for Williams in the opening tie on Saturday.

Williams’ 6-2, 7-6 win over Molik in front of a jam-packed Burswood Dome Centre Court sealed the United States’ place in the final.

It will be the country’s ninth appearance with Williams and Fish trying to provide the USA with its fifth Hyundai Hopman Cup crown.

Fish and Luczak then had a ding-dong battle even though a final spot was no longer riding on the result. Both sets went to a tie-break, with Fish winning the first 7-5 and second 13-11.

In the mixed doubles, Williams and Fish had a good preparation for the final beating Molik and Luczak 6-2, 6-3.

Williams looked to be comfortably racing to her fourth career win over Molik with the dominant first set, before the Aussie found form in the second.

Molik advanced to a 3-1 lead, but Williams fought back and sent it to a tie-break by holding serve in the final. While at the tie-break, Williams’ serving and returning proved too good.

Luczak managed to secure a 3-1 lead early in the men’s match with Fish, before the American came to life to have a 5-4 advantage. Luczak was able to force the tie-break, but Fish took it out seven points to five.

Things remained on serve in the second set until Fish broke to hold a 5-4 advantage that would be short lived. Luczak immediately broke back and it went to another tie-break.

This time it was a longer battle. Luczak had set points himself, but Fish was able to seal the win on his sixth match point.

The Americans dominated the doubles, winning the first set 6-2 and finishing the match out 6-3 in the second.

WITH the United States securing a place in the final, India’s tie with the Czech Republic no longer had any bearing, but Czech pair Lucie Safarova and Tomas Berdych made up for a disappointing start to the Hyundai Hopman Cup.

Safarova won a tough battle with India’s Sania Mirza 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, before Berdych followed up convincingly beating Rohan Bopanna 6-4, 6-0 to secure the Czech victory.

Safarova struggled with a slight illness and leg injury in her opening two losses to Australia’s Alicia Molik and Serena Williams, while Berdych began with a win over Peter Luczak.

He was forced to withdraw from his match with American Mardy Fish due to a stomach virus.

With losses in both doubles, it left the Czech Republic with two losses from two ties, but both Safarova and Berdych recorded strong singles victories in their final tie in Perth.

Safarova got off to a flying start against Mirza, winning the opening set 6-3. The battle between the world’s No. 23 and 31 then heated up when Mirza levelled the match by taking the second set 6-4.

Safarova proved too strong in the third to record her first singles win of the week, clinching the match 6-3 in the decider.

Recovered from the bug that kept him from playing on Monday, Berdych overcame a slow start against Bopanna to win in straight sets.

Bopanna held a 2-0 lead to start the match, but Berdych responded winning the next five matches to eventually take the set 6-4. He then dominated the second, taking it 6-0.

The Indians made sure they left Perth remaining undefeated in the doubles, beating Safarova and Berdych 6-3, 6-2.

India finished second in Group B and the Czech Republic fourth.

Session 8

  • Chinese Taipei 3 d Argentina 0

CHINESE Taipei’s Su-Wei Hsieh and Yen-Hsun Lu came into Wednesday night’s session against Argentina with a combined singles ranking of 267 compared to Gisela Dulko and Juan Ignacio Chela’s 57, but the Asian Hopman Cup winners scored a remarkable upset.

In a marathon women’s match, Hsieh beat Dulko 3-6, 7-6, 7-5 in 146 minutes, which gave the Chinese Taipei team their first ever Hyundai Hopman Cup match victory.

It was not the last of the evening, though.

Lu proved to be too good for Chela, despite being ranked 110 compared to the Argentine’s 20. Chela could not manage a single break point against Lu, who wrapped up the match, and the tie, 6-3, 6-4.

In the mixed doubles, Chinese Taipei again prevailed after a match tie-break to secure the whitewash.

Leading into the tie, much of the talk surrounded Argentina having a comfortable win to set up a battle with Serbia on Thursday night to decide the Group A finalist, but it was Chinese Taipei that kept their hopes alive.

They do need Argentina to find form, or Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic to struggle to overcome injury, to be a chance while facing a tough night battle with France themselves, though.

For Argentina, their final hopes are over with the loss to Chinese Taipei after their Hyundai Hopman Cup begun with a 2-1 loss to fourth seeds France.

After a disappointing opening match loss to Tatiana Golovin, Dulko looked terrific early in her match against Hsieh. She raced through the first set 6-3 and looked well on the way to a comfortable victory, before she lost confidence and Hsieh’s grew with each game.

The Argentine raced to a 3-0 lead in both sets, despite the Chinese Taipei world No. 157 giving it her best attempt in what was one of the biggest hitting women’s matches of the tournament.

Dulko led 3-0, 4-1 and at 5-3 served for the match in the second set, but then Hsieh got going. Hsieh won four straight games to send the match into the third set, which she controlled for the most part.

Things were locked together at 5-5 with a tie-break looming, but Hsieh was able to win the final two games to pull off the miraculous comeback victory.

Lu seemed to feed off the energy Hsieh created to comfortably defeat Chela in straight sets, showing a very competent all round game.

Argentina started strong in the doubles winning the opening set 6-3, but then dropped the second before Lu and Hsieh dominated the match tie-break winning 10 points to four.

Session 7

  • Serbia 2 d France 1

DESPITE Jelena Jankovic retiring injured in her singles match with Tatiana Golovin, Serbia has pulled off a remarkable victory over France to remain undefeated with one tie to go at Hyundai Hopman Cup XX.

Jankovic suffered a strained muscle in her buttock after just one game in the singles to hand Golovin the win, but Novak Djokovic rebounded with a solid 6-3, 6-3 win over Arnaud Clement.

After scans cleared Jankovic of any serious damage, she came out for the doubles and after losing the first set, Serbia claimed the second and the third in a match tie-break.

Serbia now only needs to defeat Argentina on Thursday night to be assured a place in the final, but will still remain alive even with a loss.

It is far from time for the French team to pack up and go home, though.

After a strong win over Argentina on Sunday night, victory for Golovin and Clement over Chinese Taipei on Thursday night will keep them alive if Serbia loses.

The women’s match between the world No. 3 and 13, loomed as the best of the Hyundai Hopman Cup, but disappointingly Jankovic suffered an injury at the top of her hamstring during the long first game.

Jankovic broke Golovin’s serve in an eight-minute game to start proceedings, but it also ended them as the Serbian suffered the injury overstretching on her backhand side.

She went off for treatment and tried to come back, won the opening two points on serve before surrendering.

Unfazed by Jankovic suffering her injury, Djokovic quickly raced to a 4-1 lead in the opening set against Clement. He wrapped up the set 6-3 in 33 minutes.

The world No. 3 then continued his dominance in the second set. He advanced to a 5-2 lead and wrapped up the match 6-3.

The scans revealed Jankovic didn’t suffer a tear, so she gave the mixed doubles a try. The Serbians then got the first break, on Clement’s serve, to go up 3-2. However, the French broke straight back on Djokovic’s serve.

A break on Jankovic’s serve in the last game of the set was enough for France take it 7-5.

Jankovic went to get re-strapped just before the end of the first set, but her and Djokovic rebounded strongly with the tie on the line in the second.

The Serbians went to a 5-3 lead and Djokovic served it out to take it to a match tie-break.

Djokovic and Jankovic dominated, winning 10 points to four to record a remarkable win after Jankovic’s earlier withdrawal.

Serbia plays Argentina, with France taking on Chinese Taipei in Thursday night’s session, the last before Friday’s final.

Session 6

  • India 2 d Australia 1

AFTER a tense battle, India has won the mixed doubles over Australia to kick off the New Year at the Hyundai Hopman Cup and keep its final hopes alive.

India’s Sania Mirza proved too good for Alicia Molik in the opening singles match of 2008, winning 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. Peter Luczak then won his first Hyundai Hopman Cup match over Rohan Bopanna 7-6, 6-3 to force the tie into the mixed doubles.

The teams shared the opening two sets, before India prevailed 13 points to11 in an exciting match tie-break. The win keeps India alive in the race for the final, but only if Australia beats the United States on Thursday.

America can go straight through to the final if it beats the Aussies, but if Molik and Luczak prevail, and India beats the Czech Republic, all three will be tied on wins and it will be left to the mathematicians.

After a dominant display in her opening match against Lucie Safarova, Molik came out struggling against Mirza, losing the first set 2-6.

The second set followed the same script, but Molik and Mirza exchanged roles. Molik regained some of her form from the opening night to take it 6-2.

Mirza quickly turned around the disappointing second set and looked on the way to victory in the third set racing to a 5-1 lead. She had match points in the seventh game, but Molik fought through it and subsequently won four straight games to get the score to 4-5.

However, Mirza still had the advantage of a service break and held on to take the match.

Luczak and Bopanna were both after their first Hyundai Hopman Cup win and began with a tough first set that went to a tie-breaker. Luczak proved too good, though, winning seven points to two.

Luczak had less trouble in the second set, playing some strong tennis to comfortably win 6-3 and ensure a live mixed doubles.

The undefeated run of India in the mixed doubles at the Hyundai Hopman Cup looked to continue with 6-2 win in the opening set. After Australia won the opening match after a seven-minute battle, Mirza and Bopanna raced through the rest of the set in only 20 minutes.

After gaining a break, India looked on its way to victory 4-2 up in the second set, but then Molik and Luczak responded to go to a 5-4 lead, then broke Bopanna’s serve to force a deciding match tie-break set.

Australia took the early advantage in the race to 10 points, or a two-point advantage, but it was back level at 8-8. Both teams kept battling it out, before India had a 12-11 lead and won the deciding point off Mirza’s serve.

The teams have a day’s break now, before playing Thursday’s day sessions, which will see the Group B finalist decided.

Session 5

  • USA 3 d Czech Republic 0

SERENA Williams has arrived and continued the USA’s winning start to the Hyundai Hopman Cup, winning her singles match before the Czech Republic were forced to retire.

Lucie Safarova has been unwell for a couple of days and Tomas Berdych pulled up with a stomach virus overnight, forcing the mixed doubles to be played before the men’s singles in order to give him the best chance of recovering.

The world No. 14 managed to make it onto court for the doubles, but Berdych was clearly hampered by his illness as Williams and Mardy Fish took the first set 6-0.

Berdych then decided he could not continue, giving the Americans a 3-0 win for the tie.

The United States are now ideally placed to make its ninth final and the chance at a fifth win at the Hyundai Hopman Cup when it plays Australia on Thursday.

The 112-minute battle with Williams wasn’t what Safarova would have hoped for if she was not feeling well, but she took it right up to the world No. 7 and current Australian Open champion.

Williams made an amazing start after missing her opening match on Saturday and being in Perth just a day before taking on Safarova. However, no jetlag problems were evident as she blew Safarova off the court to take the opening set 6-0.

Safarova isn’t ranked 23 in the world by chance, though, and she fought back tremendously to take the second 6-2 and force a third and deciding set.

While the first two sets were lopsided either way, the decider was a real fight. Safarova broke first to go to a 4-2 lead, but Williams broke back straight away to take it to 4-4.

Williams then showed that she is in tremendous shape and form by breaking Safarova to go up 6-5, then held serve to win the gruelling tussle.

Fish and Williams were well on top in the only set of the doubles, with Berdych in particular struggling with his fitness.

Session 4

  • France 2 d Argentina 1

FOURTH seeds France capitalised on the doubles skill of Arnaud Clement to win the mixed and claim victory over Argentina.

France won 6-3, 6-2 after Tatiana Golovin had downed Gisela Dulko and Juan Ignacio Chela levelled the match with victory over Clement.

The deciding doubles saw Clement at his classic best, covering enormous territory and smashing consistent winners.

The women’s singles resulted in Golovin beating Dulko 6-4, 6-3 in a match that lasted 78 minutes. It was a contest of service break opportunities, with Golovin making the most of the situation to convert four of her six chances, compared to Dulko, who had 10 break points, but only produced winning shots twice.

Each set saw two early breaks of service by each player and it was left to the end of each set for Golovin to gain the winning break.

“It’s the first match and really hard to get a rhythm,” said Golovin after her victory. “But we have two days to recover now so hopefully we’ll be ready for Jelena (Jankovic) and Novak (Djokovic) and then we’ll have another great match.”

The men’s singles was of a similar time-frame, with Chela needing 74 minutes to down Clement 6-3, 6-1, with the Frenchman coming in as a late replacement for the injured Gael Monofils.

Clement, who is better known as a doubles player, sharing the 2007 Wimbledon title with compatriot Michael Llodra, had difficulty breaking Chela’s service, gaining five break points, but was unable to clinch any. Conversely, Chela converted four of six break opportunities.

Unforced errors also hurt Clement, with a total of 35, compared to just 16.

“I’m really happy, I played a big match and I’m very happy with my first time here,” said Chela.

His partner will now have two days rest to overcome a leg ailment that slowed her movement. But she is confident of being in better shape for their Wednesday clash with Chinese Taipei.

Session 3

  • Serbia 3 d Chinese Taipei 0

DESPITE Jelena Jankovic battling through two tight sets and Novak Djokovic three and a back injury, Serbia has made a winning start to its Hyundai Hopman Cup campaign against Chinese Taipei.

Jankovic got the better of Su-Wei 6-4, 6-4 in two tight sets, while Djokovic struggled after hurting his back. The world No. 3 eventually got over the top of Lu in three sets, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.

The Serbian pair were then victorious in the doubles, but it was again not easy and the win only came through a third set match tie-break.

Jankovic made a slow start to her match with Su-Wei, dropping her opening service game and going down 2-0. The world No. 3 then broke straight back and won four straight games, which was enough to clinch the set 6-4.

It was 2-2 in the second before Jankovic won three straight games to lead 5-2. Su-Wei then won two straight games, but Jankovic also clinched that set 6-4 to win on her Hyundai Hopman Cup debut.

The men’s battle was far from what Djokovic would have hoped on his return to the Hyundai Hopman Cup.

In the opening set, Djokovic broke Lu’s serve for a 4-2 advantage, but Lu just as quickly broke back. In the end, Djokovic claimed the first set 7-5 after a gruelling 75 minutes.

Djokovic’s second set was one he will soon like to forget. Hampered by a back injury that he received treatment on, Djokovic was far from his buoyant self.

In likely the best set victory of his career for the 110th ranked player, Lu raced to a 4-0 lead and won the set 6-2.

Djokovic looked to be moving a little better to begin the third set as he raced to 3-0 lead. He maintained that advantage the rest of the set to win it 6-3 and take the match in three tough sets.

In the doubles, the Chinese Taipei pair continued their impressive form from the Asian Hopman Cup in Bangkok by racing to a 4-1 lead in the opening set. They went on to win the set 6-3, but lost the second 2-6. The Serbian pair then won the match tie-break 10-8.

The top seeds and world’s best ranked team found it a lot harder against the Asian Hopman Cup winners than they would have hoped, but a win is a win and the Serbians next face France on Wednesday.

Chinese Taipei’s next opponents are Argentina on Wednesday night.

Session 2

  • Australia 2 d Czech Republic 1

AUSTRALIA claimed an unexpected victory when the first-time doubles pairing of Alicia Molik and Peter Luczak upset third seeds Czech Republic.

After Molik had played extremely well to win her singles against Lucie Safarova and Luczak had fought hard going down to Tomas Berdych, the Aussies teamed together for their first mixed doubles to win 7-5, 6-3.

It was debutant Luczak who shone out in the doubles, especially with his aggressive play at the net and he said afterwards if was the good coaching from Molik that helped in the victory.

“We always thought we could challenge them if we combined well,” he said.

In the women’s match, Molik showed she is capable of continuing her recovery up the rankings this summer with a stunning service display against Safarova.

The hard-hitting Aussie pounded down 11 aces to Safarova’s three and clinching three of six break points led to a comfortable 7-5, 6-2 victory.

“I feel comfortable playing in these surroundings and I felt like I could play well today,” said Molik after her win.

Luczak made light of the difference in rankings – 72 to 14 – as he took the game up to Berdych, losing the first set 9-7 in a tiebreaker after he had one match point at six games to five. Berdych then took the second set 6-4 but again in a hard-fought contest with just two breaks of service to the Czech star.

Session 1

  • USA 2 d India 1

MEGHANN Shaughnessy has proved the ideal one-day substitute for Serena Williams, helping the United States to its opening tie win over India at Hyundai Hopman Cup XX.

Both Shaughnessy and Mardy Fish had good wins over Indian pair Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna in the singles with Williams set to take her place against the Czech Republic on Monday.

Shaughnessy made a superb start dominating to take the first set and an early break in the second, before Mirza fought back to win the second and lead 3-1 in the third. Cramp then slowed Mirza to allow Shaughnessy to win 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

The American raced to a 4-0 lead before Mirza got on the board by breaking serve. Shaughnessy still maintained the advantage, though, and took the opening set 6-3.

Shaughnessy broke serve to begin the second set and go to a 2-0 lead, but then Mirza found form to win the next three games. The Indian then continued with the new found confidence to take out the second set 6-4 to force it into a third.

Mirza continued to capitalise on a high number of unforced errors from Shaughnessy in the third set to race out to a 3-1 lead.

She looked set to give India a winning start, but dropped five straight games to lose after suffering leg cramps.

Fish was rarely troubled by Bopanna in the men’s singles to win 6-2, 6-4 to secure the win for America to set up their Hyundai Hopman Cup week when Williams arrives.

The men’s match started with a 13-minute first game, after the eight-minute opening for the women, with Bopanna eventually holding serve after nine deuces.

Fish then took full toll of his better all round game to close out the first set 6-2. Fish capitalised on a break in Bopanna’s opening service game of the second set to win it 6-4.

After going undefeated in the doubles last year, the Indians again showed its prowess by claiming the first set 6-4 over the Americans.

It was the same score in the second set as the Indians remained undefeated in the doubles. The United Stated ended up winning the tie 2-1.

The USA continues its Hyundai Hopman Cup campaign on Monday against the Czech Republic, while India faces Australia on Tuesday.