Tennis

Czechs win Hopman Cup

2012-01-07 13:39
Petra Kvitova (AP)

Perth - Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych claimed straight-set singles victories over France on Saturday to give the Czech Republic their second Hopman Cup title.

Kvitova won the last three games of the first set and went on to beat Marion Bartoli 7-5, 6-1 while Berdych was perfect in a first-set tiebreaker and beat Richard Gasquet 7-6 (0), 6-4. The Czech pair were unbeaten in singles through three matches leading to the final.

The mixed doubles match was not played because the championship was decided in singles.

The Czechs won the eight-country mixed teams title for the first time in 1994 when Jana Novotna and Petr Korda beat Germany in the final.

The French have never won the Hopman Cup, although they lost the final in 1998 to Slovakia. France have played 18 times in the 24-year history of the tournament.

Kvitova, who could overtake Caroline Wozniacki for the world No 1 ranking if she wins the Sydney International next week, beat American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova and Denmark's Wozniacki in round-robin play before defeating Bartoli on Saturday.

Berdych was playing for the Czech Republic at the Hopman Cup for the third time. He beat American Mardy Fish, Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov and Denmark's Frederik Nielsen in earlier play.

"It couldn't be better, it was a great week," Berdych said. "I think that was the best final that we could have come up with."

Results from the mixed teams Hopman Cup tennis tournament at Perth's Burswood Dome on Saturday:

Final

Czech Republic 2 France 0

Women's singles: Petra Kvitova (CZE) bt Marion Bartoli (FRA) 7-5, 6-1

Men's singles:
Tomas Berdych (CZE) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA) 7-6 (7/0), 6-4

Dead mixed doubles rubber not played

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