POLAND BEATS AUSSIES AT HOPMAN CUP
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.