Serena beats Sakkari but United States of America loses Hopman Cup tie to Greece

Serena beats Sakkari but United States of America loses Hopman Cup tie to Greece

Serena beats Sakkari but United States of America loses Hopman Cup tie to Greece

The American saved another break point in the fourth game with a well-constructed attack and another one at 1-4 with a backhand victor, staying within one break deficit before earning three break points in game seven that could have kept him in the match.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion lost an exhibition match against sister Venus in Abu Dhabi last week, but the Hopman Cup is her first competitive event since her controversial defeat to Japan's Naomi Osaka at Flushing Meadows in September.

The Brit did manage to stave off two set points in the sixth game before opening his account for the match - and then earned a pair of break points in the next set, only for Federer to respond and close it out.

Tsitsipas improved on a first-up loss to Great Britain's Cameron Norrie on Saturday, his better timing and free-flowing backhand the difference in a 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 victory against Frances Tiafoe.

Greece prevailed in the deciding Fast4 mixed doubles 4-1 1-4 4-2.

Williams said her taped ankles weren't a concern so soon before 2019's first Grand Slam, blaming a little discomfort with her shoes.

"This was a great start but obviously a long way to go here and in Melbourne [for the Australian Open]", Federer said. Some of my best memories are here.

Serena Williams overcame a sluggish start to power past Maria Sakkari in straight-sets at the Hopman Cup on Monday in her first competitive match since melting down in the U.S. Open final. Maria is super young and such a good player.

Serena Williams said she wants a selfie with Roger Federer for her Instagram page. AFP  GIUSEPPE CACACE
Serena Williams said she wants a selfie with Roger Federer for her Instagram page. AFP GIUSEPPE CACACE

"I was making a lot of errors".

Although thrilled with his first-up performance, Federer doesn't want to get carried away just yet.

"I always feel like I'm at home when I'm in Australia", Tsitsipas said.

The relaxed setting of the Hopman Cup is the ideal place for Williams to ease her way back into competition mode ahead of the Australian Open.

A combined 43 Grand Slams between them, Roger Federer and Serena Williams are giants of the sporting world - and the Hopman Cup encounter between Switzerland and the US promises to kickstart the latest season in style.

"What he has done in tennis over the past 15 or 20 years has been absolutely awesome". It was a great match for me.

I am collaborating with Tennis Tonic for the last 2 years following my passion for tennis. "I never said that", he explained.

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