Great Britain have defeated the USA in their third Group B tie at this year’s Hopman Cup being played out in Perth possibly for the last time.
It’s just nice to get some confidence leading into the weeks to come and Aussie Open. I have beaten two quality opponents and I’m happy with my level leading into Auckland next week. Cameron Norrie
Cameron Norrie required 69-minutes to get the ball rolling in Britain’s favour in what was expected to be a one-sided contest for the US.
He inflicted a 7-6(4) 6-0 defeat on Frances Tiafoe ranked 39 and 51 places above him, recovering from 5-3 down in the first set and then outpowering the young American who simply faded in the second set.
“I came out a little bit nervous, he was serving well,” Norrie said following his win. “I managed to fight back and play a very clutch tie break. I managed to free up again in the second and played some of my best tennis. It’s just nice to get some confidence leading into the weeks to come and Aussie Open.
“I have beaten two quality opponents and I’m happy with my level leading into Auckland next week.”
Needless to say, Serena Williams with 23 grand slam titles to her credit, proved too experienced for Katie Boulter who is still finding her way on the tour. Williams recorded a 6-1 7-6(2) win over the young Briton after 78-minutes, to remain unbeaten for the week in the singles.
Boulter though, played a good match, breaking the Williams serve once but she struggled on her own serve despite giving a stronger performance in the second set where she briefly led.
Having brought the US back into contention, Williams and Tiafoe were expected to dominate the mixed doubles but Norrie and Boulter rose to the occasion to snatch the win after just 64-minutes 3-4 4-3 4-1, saving a match point at 4-4 in the second set tiebreak.
“It was definitely good to play three singles matches here, and the mixed (doubles),” Williams said, satisfied with her personal performances as she prepares for Melbourne which starts on January 14.