Safarova double trouble for Bouchard
Lucie Safarova had two wins — one in the women’s singles, another in the mixed doubles — to give the Czech Republic a 2-1 victory over Canada on the opening day of the Hopman Cup on Sunday.
Safarova defeated Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard 6-0, 6-4 to give the Czechs an early 1-0 lead, then teamed with Adam Pavlasek to beat Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., and Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-2 in the mixed doubles decider.
In between, Vancouver’s Pospisil secured the Canadians’ only point with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Pavlasek in the men’s singles.
Seventh-ranked Bouchard, coming off a breakthrough season, was no match for the No. 16-ranked Safarova in the tournament opener at Perth.