Perth, December 31:
Sania Mirza won her singles match and then combined with Rohan Bopanna in the doubles to guide India to a 2-1 win on Sunday over the Czech Republic on its debut in the Hopman Cup mixed team tournament.
Mirza beat Lucie Safarova 6-2, 6-2 before Tomas Berdych leveled it for the Czech Republic with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Bopanna. India, which qualified by winning the Asian Hopman Cup, won a tense deciding doubles encounter 10-5 in the match tiebreaker after splitting the first two sets 6-3, 5-7.
Mirza credited Bopanna with getting India through the doubles, after the Czech team rallied from a set down to force a match tiebreaker. â€œRohan played unbelievable in the mixed, I literally didnâ€™t have to do much,â€ Mirza said.In the opening Group A matches on Saturday, France upset United States 2-1 and Australia beat top-seeded Russia 2-1.