Bouchard suffers buttocks injury in loss to Belgium at Hopman Cup

Ruben Hill
January 5, 2018

Angelique Kerber won her singles match and helped decide the mixed doubles victory that gave Germany a 2-1 win over Australia and a spot in the Hopman Cup final against Switzerland.

Belgium can reach the final if they beat Canada in their next match and Australia fail to better their result against Germany.

Kerber defeated Gavrilova in the first match of the day to put Germany in control of the tie, but Kokkinakis' victory over Zverev took the match to a decider.

Germany will face off against Switzerland in the final of the 2018 Hopman Cup at 4 p.m. local time (8 a.m. GMT, 3 a.m. ET) on Saturday, Jan. 6.

Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., managed to play through the discomfort and complete the match, dropping a 6-4, 6-4 decision to Elise Mertens.

But it came down to a tense mixed doubles clash after world number four Zverev suffered a shock loss to Thanasi Kokkinakis in the men's singles. I don't think it's too bad but it's getting worse throughout the match.

When asked whether she would be fit for the Australian Open curtain-raiser on January 15, Bouchard said she was "hopeful". "I don't know, I think it's maybe a little strained or a little pulled or something".

Eurosport 1 and 2 is available to subscribers who have the Eurosport network as part of their package on channels 410/412 (HD) and 411/443 (HD). "She is the reason we are in the final and I'm going to give her all the credit".

Kokkinakis retained momentum in the first set of the doubles, but Kerber remained composed despite a succession of unforced errors from Zverev - and taking the full brunt of a Kokkinakis forehand on her hip - to steer Germany to a 1-4, 4-1, 4-3 (3) in the Fast 4 format.

World No.7 David Goffin then continued his hot form to dismiss Vasek Pospisil 6-2 6-4, despite some second set troubles on serve.

Australia looked set to complete an upset win in the tie and elevate Belgium to the play-off against the Swiss pair of Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic.

"Angie played unbelievable in both her matches", he said. Belgium then won the mixed doubles dead rubber.

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