Russia wins Hopman Cup
Russia adds another feather in their cap by beating Spain in the final of the unique mixed teams event in Perth.Updated: Jan 06, 2007 17:03 IST
Russia added another team title to its growing collection when it won its first Hopman Cup by beating Spain in the final of the unique mixed teams event in Perth on Friday.
The top-seeded pairing of Nadia Petrova and Dmitry Tursunov was far too good for the Spanish duo of Annabel Medina Garrigues and Tommy Robredo.
The Russians, who were pre-tournament favourites but had to recover from dropping their first Group A tie to Australia, wasted little time claiming the title with straight set wins in both singles matches.
Petrova outclassed Medina Garrigues while the big-hitting Tursunov produced clearly his best singles form of the week to overpower a plucky Robredo, who was chasing his second Hopman Cup title after teaming with Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 2002.
The Russians claimed a pair of diamond-encrusted tennis balls and a cheque for 250,000 Australian dollars (USD 195,000) and Petrova could barely believe her good fortune.
"I cannot believe we are holding these balls," she said.
"They way we started here, we were not thinking it would end us this way, but it ended up great. Dmitry really showed heart today."
Tursunov, who helped Russia win its second Davis Cup recently, said it was great to continue his country's impressive form in international team tennis.
"It is really nice for our country," he said. "After Fed Cup and Davis Cup, I don't know if there are any more to win."