Serena takes singles but US lose to Greece

Serena Williams overcame rust and ankle problems to beat Maria Sakkari 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 in the women's singles match of the United States v Greece Hopman Cup tie in Perth, Australia, yesterday. In her first competitive match since losing the US Open fi
Serena WilliamsPHOTO: EPA-EFE

Serena Williams overcame rust and ankle problems to beat Maria Sakkari 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 in the women's singles match of the United States v Greece Hopman Cup tie in Perth, Australia, yesterday. In her first competitive match since losing the US Open final, she levelled the scores at 1-1 after partner Frances Tiafoe was beaten 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3 by Stefanos Tsitsipas. Greece won the deciding Fast4 mixed doubles 4-1, 1-4, 4-2 to clinch the Group B tie. Today, Williams and fellow legend Roger Federer will face off across the net for the first time when the US play defending champions Switzerland in the two-player, mixed team event.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 01, 2019, with the headline 'Serena takes singles but US lose to Greece'. Print Edition | Subscribe