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Sunday, 30 December 2018

Williams takes court as Greece win opener


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The United States need Serena Williams to come to the rescue after her teammate Frances Tiafoe lost his opening Hopman Cup clash to Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas.

World No.15 Tsitsipas won 6-3 6-7 (7-3) 6-3 in 135 minutes at RAC Arena on Monday, giving Greece a 1-0 lead.

Williams will need to beat world No.41 Maria Sakkari in the women's singles rubber to keep the tie alive.

The 23-time grand slam winner lost to her sister Venus Williams in an exhibition match last week, and arrives at the Hopman Cup as a major drawcard.

Her appearance in Perth will be her first tournament since her US Open meltdown, where she was handed a series of code violations in her loss to Naomi Osaka in the final.

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

Williams will also be back in action on Tuesday night when the US take on the Roger Federer-led Switzerland.

"It's very exciting for both of us," Federer said.

"I hope a lot of tennis fans will tune in to watch the match, because it's going to be one time and probably never again in this kind of a competition.

"I admire everything she's done on and off the court.

"We can relate to one another now even more so for being parents.

"I've played with some of the greatest doubles players in the world in Martina Navratilova and Martina Hingis, and I've also played against some of the best in Venus and other great ones in the past.

"This time it's against Serena, who is one of the biggest champions ever in our sport - men and women combined."

The United States need Serena Williams to come to the rescue after her teammate Frances Tiafoe lost his opening Hopman Cup clash to Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas.

World No.15 Tsitsipas won 6-3 6-7 (7-3) 6-3 in 135 minutes at RAC Arena on Monday, giving Greece a 1-0 lead.

Williams will need to beat world No.41 Maria Sakkari in the women's singles rubber to keep the tie alive.

The 23-time grand slam winner lost to her sister Venus Williams in an exhibition match last week, and arrives at the Hopman Cup as a major drawcard.

Her appearance in Perth will be her first tournament since her US Open meltdown, where she was handed a series of code violations in her loss to Naomi Osaka in the final.

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

Williams will also be back in action on Tuesday night when the US take on the Roger Federer-led Switzerland.

"It's very exciting for both of us," Federer said.

"I hope a lot of tennis fans will tune in to watch the match, because it's going to be one time and probably never again in this kind of a competition.

"I admire everything she's done on and off the court.

"We can relate to one another now even more so for being parents.

"I've played with some of the greatest doubles players in the world in Martina Navratilova and Martina Hingis, and I've also played against some of the best in Venus and other great ones in the past.

"This time it's against Serena, who is one of the biggest champions ever in our sport - men and women combined."

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