Photo: Theron Kirkman / Professional SportVenus Williams (USA)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA: Team USA continued their perfect start to the 2013 Hopman Cup but they left it late to come back against France, winning the all-important mixed doubles rubber from a set down in a super tiebreak.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga showed why he is constantly knocking on the door of the Big 4 in men's tennis by dispatching with big-serving John Isner 62 63 in a confident display of powerful hitting and graceful footwork in the first rubber of the tie.
Venus Williams levelled the score at 1-1 after coming out on top against Mathilde Johansson despite getting off to a slow start in her singles match, eventually winning 36 75 64.
With the scores even the tie would have to decided by the mixed doubles and it was France who looked to be on course to cause an upset against the No. 2 seeds when they took the first set in a tiebreak.
Williams and Isner came racing back, however, and forced a super tiebreak after winning the second set 62. A desperately close deciding set went the way of the Americans to put them level with Spain at the top of Pool B.
USA and Spain will meet in the morning session on Thursday 3 January with the winner claiming a spot in the final.