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France rout Taiwan in opening tie

A jetlagged Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon produced battling displays to hand France a 3-0 win over Taiwan in the opening Hopman Cup tie in Perth on Saturday.

sports Updated: Jan 04, 2009 01:50 IST

A jetlagged Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon produced battling displays to hand France a 3-0 win over Taiwan in the opening Hopman Cup tie in Perth on Saturday.

World number 16 Cornet struggled to focus on the task at hand in the Group B showdown but scrapped through to beat Hsieh Su-wei 6-4 6-4.

"It was tough today because I just arrived yesterday in Australia. So I'm not really in the time zone and felt a bit sleepy because now it's three o'clock in the morning in France, so I'm playing in the night," Cornet told reporters on Saturday.

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