Hopman Cup Part 2

Written By: achangeofends - Jan• 05•11

I’ve been a little slack in updating you guys on the happenings at the Hopman Cup, so let’s recap now that we’re a little more than halfway through. Considering the time difference and the lack of reliable streams, I haven’t gotten to watch everything, but I’ve certainly been paying attention.

Session 1: Australia (2) d Belgium (1)

Australia kicked off the Hopman Cup with a 2-1 win over Belgium. I love that Lleyton always seems pumped to come out to represent Australia, but I would have loved to see Sam Stosur in Alicia Molik’s place. Alas, Sammie was off in Brisbane trying to sure up the No. 4 ranking before the Australian Open. Unfortunately, she crashed out to Jarmila Groth in the second round. Come to think of it, Jarmila would have been another great Hopman competitor.

Ana and Nole beat Kazakhstan in mixed doubles at 2011 Hopman Cup. Image from the Hopman Cup website.

Session 2: Serbia (3) d Kazakhstan (0)

I didn’t really have a favorite team coming in to Hopman Cup this year, but then I realized that it’s totally Serbia. Ana and Nole are adorable, like really really adorable. I mean how could you not love them after Nole said this?

“I was just trying because I wanted to make her happy. We have known each other since we were five and we played all the junior events that you can imagine, and we have a great relationship. She’s the nicest girl I know in tennis and for me she’s the best in the world.”

Besides being totes cute, they also played awesome, routing Kazakhstan 3-0.

Session 3: Italy (2) d Great Britain (1)

Is it me, or is Laura Robson better than I remember? And hasn’t she been 16 for like years now? Anyway, she tried so hard against Francesca Schiavone, particularly considering she was feeling way under the weather and she was facing a Grand Slam champ. I was a little surprised they couldn’t pull through on the doubles, but Andy said he hasn’t quite adapted to the conditions.

Session 4: USA (3) d France (0)

You know you were waiting for this match up the second you found out Mahut was replacing Monfils. We were guaranteed a rematch of the 2010 Wimbledon epic between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. I mean this time the match was like 9+ hours shorter, but still fun. Plus I love hearing those two gush about each other.

Session 5: Belgium (3) d Kazakhstan (0)

Poor Kazakhstan. Everyone thought they were the underdog that could really go somewhere, but they haven’t won a single match. Likely the biggest problem for Kazakhstan is that Yaroslava Shvedova has a knee injury which requires surgery and will prevent her from competing in the Australian Open. Justine on the other hand is looking pretty good considering she said she wasn’t 100%.

Session 6: Serbia (3) d Australia (0)

Remember how I said Serbia was awesome? Well they kept being awesome.

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