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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Dynamic duo set to challenge Aussies


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Two of the world's best players stand between Australia and a place in the Hopman Cup final in Perth on Saturday night.

For Ashleigh Barty and Matt Ebden to finish on top of Group A and advance to the decider, they will need to beat tournament favourites Germany, represented by world No.2 Angelique Kerber and world No.4 Alexander Zverev, in their tie on Friday night.

Ebden will face Zverev for the first time.

Zverev walks off, becomes a spectator mid-rally


The ledger stands at 2-2 between Barty and Kerber though, with the Australian claiming wins in two of their past three outings, including a straight-sets victory the last time they met, in China late last year.

So, although Kerber is unbeaten in six singles matches in two years at the Hopman Cup, she is wary of the improving Barty.

Barty finished 2018 in a career-high 15th placing in the world rankings.

Both Germany and Australia are chasing their third Cup titles.

Kerber seals comeback win

The hosts' last win was in 2016 when represented by Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova.

Boris Becker and Anke Huber last claimed the championships for the Germans in 1995.

The winner of Group A will most likely face the defending champions Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in the final.

Two of the world's best players stand between Australia and a place in the Hopman Cup final in Perth on Saturday night.

For Ashleigh Barty and Matt Ebden to finish on top of Group A and advance to the decider, they will need to beat tournament favourites Germany, represented by world No.2 Angelique Kerber and world No.4 Alexander Zverev, in their tie on Friday night.

Ebden will face Zverev for the first time.

Zverev walks off, becomes a spectator mid-rally


The ledger stands at 2-2 between Barty and Kerber though, with the Australian claiming wins in two of their past three outings, including a straight-sets victory the last time they met, in China late last year.

So, although Kerber is unbeaten in six singles matches in two years at the Hopman Cup, she is wary of the improving Barty.

Barty finished 2018 in a career-high 15th placing in the world rankings.

Both Germany and Australia are chasing their third Cup titles.

Kerber seals comeback win

The hosts' last win was in 2016 when represented by Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova.

Boris Becker and Anke Huber last claimed the championships for the Germans in 1995.

The winner of Group A will most likely face the defending champions Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in the final.

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