Perth, January 2:
Nadia Petrova and Dmitry Tursunov beat Ashley Harkleroad and Mardy Fish 6-3, 7-5 to give Russia a 2-1 win over the US at the Hopman Cup team tennis tournament. Russia moved to 1-1 in Group A while the defending champion Americans are 0-2 after an opening loss to France.
France won their second in a row with a 3-0 decision over Australia after a right knee injury forced Mark Philippoussis to retire in his men’s singles match.
Tatiana Golovin beat Alicia Molik 7-5, 6-2 to give France a 1-0 lead before Jerome Haehnel beat Philippoussis when the Australian player had to retire with the knee injury while trailing 4-1 in the first set. Nathan Healey will replace Philippoussis in the team for Thursday’s match against the United States.
Fish beat Tursunov 6-1, 6-4. Petrova earlier defeated Harkleroad 6-3, 6-0 to give Russia a 1-0 lead.