Hopman Cup: Germany beat Australia to set up final with Switzerland

first_imgHopman Cup: Germany beat Australia to set up final with SwitzerlandGermany defeated Australia 2-1 to set up a Hopman Cup title clash with holders Switzerland.advertisement Reuters PerthJanuary 4, 2019UPDATED: January 4, 2019 23:03 IST Angelique Kerber beat an error-prone Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGermany defeated Australia 2-1 to set up a Hopman Cup title clash with SwitzerlandGermany will attempt to avenge their 2-1 defeat by the Swiss in 2018Germany finished top of Group A after winning all three of their matchesAngelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev cruised through their singles matches on Friday as Germany defeated Australia 2-1 to set up a Hopman Cup title clash with holders Switzerland.Kerber and Zverev will take on Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic on Saturday in a repeat of last year’s final.They will attempt to avenge their 2-1 defeat by the Swiss in 2018 and secure a first trophy in the mixed team competition for Germany since 1995.vBring on the rematch. #HopmanCup pic.twitter.com/3RomiPc8LNHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019Wimbledon champion Kerber saved four break points in the second set to beat an error-prone Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4 to set the ball rolling for Germany on Friday, before Zverev swatted aside Matthew Ebden 6-4 6-3 to seal the win.Germany finished top of Group A after winning all three of their matches, while the Swiss topped Group B with two victories from their three encounters.”It’s nice to be back in a final. It’s nice to play Switzerland as well,” ATP Finals champion Zverev said.Timing is everything in tennis #HopmanCup pic.twitter.com/QnamJuEaJCHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019″We lost a very close match last year, and we definitely wanted to get there and compete for the title again. And that’s why me and Angie decided after last year’s final that we’re definitely going to come back here to Perth.”Congratulations to Team Germany on again reaching the #HopmanCup finalListen to what Sascha and @AngeliqueKerber have to say ahead of the title match. pic.twitter.com/R1fYzUlIKvadvertisementHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019#Benderer hitting the practice court ahead of the final tomorrow. #HopmanCup pic.twitter.com/f7nERJx1yVHopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 4, 2019Australia claimed the dead mixed doubles rubber 4-0 4-3(1) to sign off with a consolation win.Earlier, Spain defeated France 2-1 in their final round-robin encounter as former world number one Garbine Muguruza beat Alize Cornet 6-1 6-3 before veteran David Ferrer battled past Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-7(5) 7-6(2).”It’s going to be the last matches in my career and I try to enjoy every point that I play,” Ferrer, who is set to retire this year, said.”For me it’s a pleasure to play here in this centre court at Hopman Cup. I never played (before) but I am happy to have the chance to play one time here.”Muguruza withdrew from the mixed doubles rubber with a left thigh injury that troubled her during the singles clash and was replaced by American teenager Whitney Osuigwe, ranked 201 in the world, as Spain went down 4-2 4-2.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Angelique KerberFollow Alexander ZverevFollow Hopman CupFollow Roger FedererFollow Belinda Bencic Nextlast_img read more

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Peace committee to meet

The police said that the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) is investigating the incident. The SLMC leader’s media spokesman Dr. A. R. A. Hafeez told the Colombo Gazette that the IGP had told the Minister a peace committee will be formed and it will meet in Grandpass today to ensure such a situation does not arise again.Minister Hakeem had instructed the IGP to ensure tight security for the area following last night’s incident, the SLMC spokesman said. Several houses in the area were also damaged during the mob attack and at least seven people including two policemen were also injured. (Colombo Gazette) Report by Easwaran Rutnam A peace committee will convene in Grandpass today to discuss the violence which erupted last night when a mob attacked a mosque in the area.Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader and Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem had returned to Colombo last night after cutting short his election campaigning in Kandy and spoke to IGP N.K. Illangakoon on the incident. Buddhists and Muslims clashed at Grandpass after the mosque was attacked and a police curfew was imposed till 7 this morning. read more

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