Perth - South
Africa beat France 2-1 at the Hopman Cup on Friday when Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga had to retire in the deciding mixed doubles with a groin injury.
Scheepers of South Africa beat Mathilde Johansson 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 before
Tsonga defeated Kevin Anderson 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3), including winning the
final five points of the first-set tiebreaker. During the singles match,
Tsonga appeared to injure his left groin while stretching for a shot.
and Anderson had won the first set of the mixed doubles 6-3 and were
trailing 1-2 and on serve in the second when Tsonga indicated that he
could not continue.
Neither team had a chance of advancing to the final.
said he was unsure of the exact nature of his injury, but his
retirement was a precaution to ensure he doesn't worsen the problem
before the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on Jan. 14th.
Tsonga is also the top-seeded player in the men's draw at next week's Sydney International.
don't know exactly what I have but I felt something during the
singles," Tsonga said. "It (time) was a bit short between the singles
and the mixed doubles so I didn't have time to know exactly what is it.
It was a bit more sore during the mixed doubles so for me it was better
In the women's
singles, both players struggled to find their best form or consistency,
with the pair sharing 111 unforced errors and 33 break points.
the end of the 2-hour, 50-minute match which included 15 breaks of
serve, Johansson finally gave her opponent a crucial breakthrough by
dropping serve with her 12th double-fault to leave Scheepers serving for
"I think we both
played well within stages of the match," Scheepers said. "I thought she
played a really good match and I just tried to hang in there with her.
moment you give her an easy ball she goes for it and she gets momentum
from that, and I think the key was just keep playing aggressive
regardless of what the score was."