Tennis: Ukraine beat Australia Gold 2-1 to enter Hopman Cup final

Alexander Dolgopolov of Ukraine celebrates his victory against Lleyton Hewitt of the Australia Gold team during their match on Jan 7, 2016.
Alexander Dolgopolov of Ukraine celebrates his victory against Lleyton Hewitt of the Australia Gold team during their match on Jan 7, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

PERTH (AFP) - Ukraine advanced to their second Hopman Cup final with a 2-1 win over Australia Gold in Perth on Thursday.

The home team needed to win the tie to stay alive, but Ukraine claimed both singles matches to ensure they finished their round robin phase unbeaten in three ties.

The Australian combination of Lleyton Hewitt and Jarmila Wolfe won the dead mixed-doubles rubber in a match tie-break.

The pairing of Alexandr Dolgopolov and Elina Svitolina, who have both won all their singles matches this week, will play in Saturday's final.

Ukraine's previous appearance at the Hopman Cup was back in 1995, when siblings Andrei Medvedev and Natalia Medvedeva reached the final.

They were beaten 3-0 in the decider by the German pairing of Boris Becker and Anke Huber.

After Svitolina gave Ukraine the early advantage with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Wolfe, Dolgopolov came from a set down to beat Hewitt and put them into the final.