POLAND’S Agnieszka Radwanska beat world number one Serena Williams for the first time in her country’s 2-1 win over the US at the 2015 Hopman Cup final at Perth Arena last Saturday.
Radwanska, ranked number six in the world, broke Williams’ serve twice in the first set to lead 6-4 after 48 minutes.
However, Williams was not going to give away an easy victory, winning the second set in a tiebreak but Radwanska dominated in the decider, winning 6-1.
Williams had 59 unforced errors to Radwanska’s 19 in the match that lasted just over two hours.
John Isner won over the vocal crowd by walking on to court wear- ing a Fremantle Dockers scarf and won a tough match against Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz 7-6 6-4.
The men held their serves, taking the game to a tiebreak and the 208cm Isner won the set with a 232km/h ace.
The American got off to a good start in the second, breaking Janowicz’s serve and taking the match 6-4 leading in to a mixed doubles decider.
Williams and Isner had a 4-2 lead early in the mixed doubles but Poland broke serve to eventually win the first set 7-5.
Poland hit their way to a 4-2 lead in the second and frustration got the better of Williams, who broke her racquet on the court as the US went down 2-5.
Radwanska secured the victory 6-3 in the second.
Radwanska said she was happy to return to the Hopman Cup for the second year and win the trophy.
“We get good matches against top players, it’s a great tour before the Australian Open,” she said.
Janowicz said the victory was special to him because he was forced to pull out of Hopman Cup 2014 because of injury.
“Today’s singles match was my best match here and I was playing really good tennis,” he said.
Radwanska had a quick turn around following the Hopman Cup playing her first Sydney International match yesterday morning.