Photo: Theron Kirkman / Professional SportVenus Williams and John Isner (USA)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA: The No. 2 seeded USA team of Venus Williams and John Isner did what comes naturally to them and won the first point for their country on day two of the Hyundai Hopman Cup.
But the Americans didn't have it all their own way as South Africa's Kevin Anderson pulled off a surprise victory over John Isner in a battle of two big serves to ensure the southern hemisphere side could walk away from the Perth Arena with its head held high.
Williams got the USA outfit off to the perfect start with a 46 62 63 victory over Chanelle Scheepers and it was Anderson who made the most of two tiebreaks against Isner to win 76(0) 76(5) to level the score at 1-1.
The American duo proved too good in the mixed doubles, however, and went on to win 62 63 to hand South Africa a second defeat in as many days in Perth. Anderson in particualr, who has won both his singles rubbers, has shown he is in good form.
Spain wins again
Anabel Medina Garrigues and Fernando Verdasco made it two wins in two days after overcoming France 2-1 in the second session on 30 December.
It was the same story as yesterday after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga proved too good for Verdasco in the singles winning 75 63 before Medina Garrigues levelled the scores with a 63 62 victory over Mathilde Johansson.
The Spanish duo outclassed their French counterparts in the mixed doubles to emerge 63 63 victors and put themselves top of Pool B.
It was the news that all fans didn't want to hear, but Andrea Petkovic who retired with a knee injury when she was a set down against Ashleigh Barty in yesterday's singles rubber has been forced to withdraw from this year's Hopman Cup.
The charismatic German, who left in tears yesterday, explained: "I had the MRI this morning and it’s a rupture of the medial meniscus. I’m going back to Germany now and I’ll have to have an arthroscopy.
"If they have to sew it up again it would take two to three months, which would be worse definitely, but nonetheless I’m quite relieved that it wasn’t the ACL because it was a very similar pain and very similar symptoms to 2008 when I had my ACL torn in Australia.”
Petkovic will be replaced by Tatjana Malek.