Isner, Stephens give US win at Hopman Cup

Sloane Stephens and John Isner won their singles matches to give

the United States a winning start at the Hopman Cup on Monday and

virtually end Spain’s chances in the international mixed team

competition.

Stephens, who beat Serena Williams en route to the 2013

Australian Open semifinals, won nine of the last 10 games in a 6-3,

6-1 victory over Anabel Medina Garrigues before Isner beat Daniel

Munoz-de La Nava 6-3, 6-4 to clinch winning a 2-0 lead ahead of the

mixed doubles.

It was Spain’s second defeat in as many days in Perth.

At the Brisbane International, fourth-seeded Jelena Jankovic

beat 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 7-6 (6) and

No. 8 Carla Suarez beat Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan 6-2, 6-1.