POLAND BEATS AUSSIES AT HOP­MAN CUP

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By DENISE S. CAHILL

AT 5-4 up in the sec­ond set and serv­ing for the match, Aus­tralia’s Matthew Eb­den (27) had the Hop­man Cup Perth Arena crowd set­tled in for a mixed dou­bles de­cider last Sun­day night.

But world num­ber 43 Jerzy Janow­icz’s big hit­ting and the Aus­tralian’s mount­ing un­forced er­rors turned the game around, with Poland win­ning 3-6 7-5 6-0.

Eb­den broke Janow­icz’s serve to be up 4-2 in the first set and even two dou­ble faults in the next game failed to shake him, in­stead tak­ing the Aus­tralian to a 5-2 lead.

After los­ing his match- win­ning ser­vice game in the sec­ond set, Eb­den did not win a game for the rest of the match. He called for in­jury time after the sec­ond set for a left calf in­jury and strug­gled through the third set that lasted 26 min­utes.

Janow­icz, who de­liv­ered 10 aces dur­ing the match, said he was fight­ing for ev­ery point.

Perth’s Casey Del­lac­qua was the crowd favourite against world num­ber six Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska in the first match of the night, but went down 2-6 3-6.

There were hints of a come­back early in the sec­ond set when she took a 2-0 lead, but Rad­wan­ska used cheeky drop shots and Del­lac­qua’s un­forced er­rors to her ad­van­tage.

It was Rad­wan­ska’s first match un­der new coach, for­mer world num­ber one and 18-time grand slam win­ner Martina Navratilova, who did not travel to Perth for the Hop­man Cup.

The teams played a friendly mixed dou­bles match with Queens­lan­der Ben Mitchell re­plac­ing Eb­den.

Aus­tralia plays France on Wed­nes­day night.

Clock­wise from above: Casey Del­lac­qua, Matthew Eb­den and Jerzy Janow­icz.

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