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Jan 31st, 2010 08:19 PM
DefyingGravity
Re: S2: Week 0: Hopman Cup, Perth (Exhibition) | Final posted!

Robson and Murray Just Fall Short


Great Britain's Laura Robson and Andy Murray playing mixed doubles in the final



Perth, AUSTRALIA--Britain has a lot to look forward to in the new NTT season. Andy Murray, the reigning Wimbledon champion and his up and coming British partner Laura Robson went into the Hopman Cup with little expectations. This was Laura's first event in the NTT circuit, and it looked as if Murray would be the one carrying the team. Instead, Robson and Murray stormed into the final before they finally lost to a red-hot Croatia team.

"Playing this year in the Hopman Cup, it was the first time Britain has been in the competition for such a long time, and I feel as though we did the country proud. This is such an important year for me to play well, trying to back up the Wimbledon title as the defending champion, and this was a great start," Murray said after the match.

Beginning the tournament, Laura Robson looked outmatched by the United States' Serena Williams and France's Alize Cornet. Both ladies played so tremendously well and look to be threats in the beginning of the season. Laura's forehand and serve were good, but were no match for the tremendous athleticism and power of Williams nor the quickness and agility of Cornet.

"Playing Serena and Alize gave me a bit of a wake up call to see how I should play the remainder of the season. I'm jumping up from the juniors and playing women's events for the first time, so it's a nice place to start. There's no consequences losing here, and I felt as though I've played well the whole event. The next two matches gave me my turn around," Laura said in her post match interview with the British press.

And turn around she did, as she then beat Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan and Karolina Sprem of Croatia in straight sets, wiping them off of the court. Her smooth all-court game was clicking and she set up Great Britain for a potential women's Grand Slam champion.

Andy Murray's tournament went very well, as he went undefeated against Andy Roddick, Gilles Simon, and Lleyton Hewitt during the group play. He went three sets with Roddick winning 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, and then destroyed Simon and Hewitt in two sets, defeating Hewitt 6-1, 6-0. Murray looked in ominous form, as if he was going to be able to defend his Wimbledon title in 6 months time.

The Croatia-Great Britain final was going to be a cracker, seeing as though all four competitors were in form heading into the match, and the mixed doubles pairings just could not be beat at all on either team. Laura and Karolina opened the affair with and Murray seemingly relaxed. Ancic was down 2-5 in the first set and came back to win it 7-5, Murray would take the second set 6-4, and Murray just couldn't break the awesome serve of the Croatian.


Murray reacts after losing match point against Mario Ancic of Croatia


In the mixed doubles, Murray and Robson again built a huge lead and against the Croatians, and again Ancic staged a comeback and he and Sprem took the opening set 7-5. The second set was dominated and closed out by Britain 6-2, but again the Brits squandered a lead in a set at 6-5 in the final set and Croatia won the tie 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(5) and 2 matches to 1.

"I think the biggest thing that we learned is that we have to close out these matches. There were so many chances for us to get ahead and take the match," Robson said standing next to Murray. "The crowd was very supportive, and it helped that I was born in Melbourne. Hopefully, the rest of this Australian series will be good for me. Looking back at the experience, it can only help as I prepare my strategy for the rest of the season."
Jan 31st, 2010 07:51 PM
DefyingGravity
Re: S2: Week 0: Hopman Cup, Perth (Exhibition) | Final posted!

Croatia
Good match.

Laura
Andy

Jan 31st, 2010 06:50 PM
Hele.
Re: S2: Week 0: Hopman Cup, Perth (Exhibition) | Final posted!

klina and mario
laura and andy
i will try to write an article later
Jan 31st, 2010 05:53 PM
Broseghini
Re: S2: Week 0: Hopman Cup, Perth (Exhibition) | Final in progress...

Hopman Cup Final


Burswood Dome



Croatia vs Great Britain
1-1


Rubber #3



vs

Karolina Sprem/Mario Ancic vs Laura Robson/Andy Murray
7-5
2-6




Final Set



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4-4








4-5








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5-6








6-6




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3-3








4-3








5-3








5-4








6-4








6-5








7-5





Game Set Match and Championship

Karolina Sprem/Mario Ancic




Karolina Sprem/Mario Ancic def. Laura Robson/Andy Murray
7-5 2-6* 7-6(5)






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Congrats for Champions of Hopman Cup

Karolina Sprem and Mario Ancic from Croatia






Croatia def. Great Britain
2-1

Congrats for Croatia for the excellent week and the title. The team was fantastic all week, losing only one match. CT tried to interfere but could not: D. Congrats too for GBR, playing well and losing the title only in the tie break of last match.

Jan 31st, 2010 05:50 PM
Broseghini
Re: S2: Week 0: Hopman Cup, Perth (Exhibition) | Final in progress...

Hopman Cup Final
ROUND ROBIN


Burswood Dome



Croatia vs Great Britain
1-1


Rubber #3



vs

Karolina Sprem/Mario Ancic vs Laura Robson/Andy Murray
7-5




Second Set



0-0








1-0








1-1








1-2








1-3








1-4*








2-4








2-5








2-6





Second Set

Laura Robson/Andy Murray



Jan 31st, 2010 05:49 PM
Broseghini
Re: S2: Week 0: Hopman Cup, Perth (Exhibition) | Final in progress...

Hopman Cup Final
ROUND ROBIN


Burswood Dome



Croatia vs Great Britain
1-1


Rubber #3



vs

Karolina Sprem/Mario Ancic vs Laura Robson/Andy Murray



First Set



0-0








1-0








1-1








1-2








2-2








2-3








2-4*








3-4*








3-5








4-5








5-5








6-5








7-5




First Set

Karolina Sprem/Mario Ancic



Jan 31st, 2010 05:48 PM
Broseghini
Re: S2: Week 0: Hopman Cup, Perth (Exhibition) | Day 06 posted!

Hopman Cup Final
ROUND ROBIN


Burswood Dome



Croatia vs Great Britain
0-1


Rubber #2



vs

Mario Ancic vs Andy Murray
7-5
4-6




Final Set



0-0








1-0








1-1








2-1*








2-2








3-2








3-3








4-3








4-4








5-4








6-4






Game Set and Match

Mario Ancic



Mario Ancic def. Andy Murray
7-5 4-6 6-4

Great match ! It's all tied now!

Jan 31st, 2010 05:47 PM
Broseghini
Re: S2: Week 0: Hopman Cup, Perth (Exhibition) | Day 06 posted!

Hopman Cup Final
ROUND ROBIN


Burswood Dome



Croatia vs Great Britain
0-1


Rubber #2



vs

Mario Ancic vs Andy Murray
7-5




Second Set



0-0








1-0








2-0








3-0








3-1








4-1








4-2








4-3








4-4








4-5








4-6






Second Set

Andy Murray



Jan 31st, 2010 05:45 PM
Broseghini
Re: S2: Week 0: Hopman Cup, Perth (Exhibition) | Day 06 posted!

Hopman Cup Final
ROUND ROBIN


Burswood Dome



Croatia vs Great Britain
0-1


Rubber #2



vs

Mario Ancic vs Andy Murray



First Set



0-0








1-0








1-1








1-2








1-3








1-4








2-4*








2-5*








3-5








4-5








5-5








6-5








7-5





First Set

Mario Ancic



Jan 31st, 2010 05:44 PM
Broseghini
Re: S2: Week 0: Hopman Cup, Perth (Exhibition) | Day 06 posted!

Hopman Cup Final
ROUND ROBIN


Burswood Dome



Croatia vs Great Britain
0-0


Rubber #1



vs

Karolina Sprem vs Laura Robson
4-6




Second Set



0-0








0-1








0-2








0-3








0-4








1-4








2-4*








2-5*








2-6





Game Set and Match

Laura Robson



Laura Robson def. Karolina Sprem
6-4* 6-2

Laura is playing very well
CT affect the result

Jan 31st, 2010 05:42 PM
Broseghini
Re: S2: Week 0: Hopman Cup, Perth (Exhibition) | Day 04 posted!

Hopman Cup Final
ROUND ROBIN


Burswood Dome



Croatia vs Great Britain
0-0


Rubber #1



vs

Karolina Sprem vs Laura Robson



First Set



0-0








0-1








1-1








1-2








1-3








1-4








1-5*








2-5*








3-5








4-5








4-6*





First Set

Laura Robson



Jan 31st, 2010 05:42 PM
Broseghini
Re: S2: Week 0: Hopman Cup, Perth (Exhibition) | Day 06 posted!

Final coming-up! Good Luck for both!
Jan 31st, 2010 05:39 PM
Broseghini
Re: S2: Week 0: Hopman Cup, Perth (Exhibition)

Schedule of Play



Final

Croatia vs Great Britain
Karolina Sprem vs Laura Robson
Mario Ancic vs Andy Murray
Karolina Sprem/Mario Ancic vs Laura Robson/Andy Murray


H2H

Karolina Sprem vs Laura Robson (0-0)

First Match


Mario Ancic vs Andy Murray (1-1)

S1 Montreal F Murray 7-6 6-4
S1 Tokyo F Ancic 7-6 7-6


Jan 31st, 2010 04:24 AM
Justin SW
Re: S2: Week 0: Hopman Cup, Perth (Exhibition) | Day 06 posted!

Oh Are you trying to have the USA lose on purpose
Jan 31st, 2010 04:15 AM
DefyingGravity
Re: S2: Week 0: Hopman Cup, Perth (Exhibition) | Day 06 posted!

Britain! I'll write an article for Robson and Murray after the final. I'm so happy. I hope they can go a step further here than they did in the for real Hopman Cup.
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