Britain beats Greece 2-1 in opening Hopman Cup match

Ruben Hill
December 31, 2018

Tsitsipas and Sakkari went down in the mixed doubles to Britain.

Tsitsipas, now ranked at 15th in the world, suffered by the world's No 91st with a 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 in 107 minutes.

Maria Sakkari tied it 1-1 in the following women's singles, beating British Katie Boulter 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.

However, Norrie and Boulter combined to claim victory in the mixed doubles rubber and seal an opening triumph in their Group B campaign in Perth.

His loss has concerned fans as Tsitsipas has been singled out as as a potential future grand slam champion following his overall 2018 course.

But the 20-year-old struggled in the 27-degree heat during his singles clash, committing a host of unforced errors as his unfancied opponent cashed in.

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Britain beats Greece 2-1 in opening Hopman Cup match

"Just to get that first match under my belt and that first win feels great, especially in Perth Arena", Norrie said. "I love being back home ... playing in Australia".

"I feel like I'm getting exhausted easily, which I'm not happy with because I've been working really hard in the off-season". Probably because of the weather conditions. The heat here, it's a bit different.

"I feel like I'm getting exhausted easily, which I'm not happy with because I've been working really hard in the off-season". On Thursday, they face Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe.

However, the booming forehand of the 23-year-old Norrie was a big factor in the match.

Due to the shortened ti-breaker, Sakkari was unaware that the match was over, thinking that a minimum of two-point lead in the tiebreak was necessary to ensure a victory."I thought we had one more point".

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