Angelique Kerber wins twice as Germany beats Belgium 2-1 in Hopman Cup
Angelique Kerber won her singles match against Elise Mertens before pairing up with Alexander Zverev to win the mised doubles tie as Germany beat Belgium 2-1 in the Hopman Cup on Mondaytennis Updated: Jan 01, 2018 22:43 IST
Angelique Kerber won both of her matches as Germany beat Belgium 2-1 in their opener at the mixed-team Hopman Cup at Perth Arena on Monday.
David Goffin kept Belgium in the Group A encounter with a 6-3, 6-3 win over fourth-ranked Alexander Zverev, after Kerber had beaten Elise Mertens 7-6 (6), 7-6 (1) in a match that featured 11 breaks of serve.
The 1-1 score led to a Fast4 mixed doubles with Kerber and Zverev playing together for the first time and beating Mertens and Goffin 4-2, 4-3 (2). Goffin had his serve broken in the opening game, with all players holding serve afterward in a tight decider.
Earlier, Kerber survived a set point against Mertens and took a 4-1 lead in the second before the 36th-ranked Belgian won four straight games to lead 5-4.
“I think it was a good match from both of us, a really high quality,” said Kerber, who is playing in the Hopman Cup for the first time. “For me, it gives me a bit of confidence starting the year like this, playing good tennis again.”
Seventh-ranked Goffin hit 12 winners to take the opening set against Zverev.
Australia and Canada are also in Group A.