Australia beat Canada to open Hopman Cup campaign
PERTH, Australia (AP) Daria Gavrilova and Thanasi Kokkinakis each won their singles matches to give Australia a perfect start to its mixed team Hopman Cup campaign against Canada at Perth Arena on Sunday.
Gavrilova claimed a 6-1, 6-4 win over Eugenie Bouchard, before Kokkinakis wrapped up the Group A tie for Australia by beating world No.108 Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 3-6. 6-3 in the men’s singles rubber.
The Canadian team responded in the mixed doubles winning 4-3 (1), 4-3 (4) in the Fast4 format to gain some consolation.
From the outset, world No. 83 Bouchard struggled to find any fluency and conceded the first set to the 25th ranked Gavrilova in under half an hour.
Gavrilova then raced to a 3-0 lead in the second before Bouchard broke back, and three double faults from Gavrilova in the sixth game opened the door for the Canadian to take the upper hand in the second set.
But Gavrilova recovered to hold serve and broke Bouchard again to claim the victory in 78 minutes.
On the back of Gavrilova’s victory for the host nation, Kokkinakis, ranked 209th, also started confidently and claimed the first set, before Pospisil responded in the second.
With the match evenly poised midway through the deciding third set, Kokkinakis eventually took a break point opportunity in the sixth game and then served it out for the win in one hour and 53 minutes.
Belgium plays Germany in the other Group A fixture on Monday.