Sydney | Pegusa settles tie for USA; Stosur and Peers take final point

The finalist for the Perth City Finals having already been decided, the results from the last rubbers of Group C and Group D were irrelevant as regards the final tables at this year’s inaugural United Cup.

The USA, having won both their singles yesterday, had guaranteed their place in the final where they will face Great Britain for a place in the last four.

World No.3 Jessica Pegula secured a comfortable 6-3 6-2 win over Germany’s Laura Siegemund to seal that position in the final from Group C following the singles successes of Taylor Fritz and Madison Keys the previous day.

World No.19 Frances Tiafoe then followed Pegula onto court and moved his nation 4-0 ahead by defeating Oscar Otte 7-5 6-4.

Coming off a hotly-contested 7-6(6) 6-4 loss to Petra Kvitova in her first match of the season, Pegula put in a comprehensive and dominant baseline performance to defeat Siegemund, who couldn’t contend with the speed of the American’s serve.

With the tie secured, Tiafoe played with freedom and confidence when he beat Otte.

Pegula and Tiafoe teamed up to complete the clean sweep for the Americans, defeating Laura Siegemund and Daniel Altmeier 6-7(5) 6-4 10-7 in the mixed doubles.


John Peers and Samantha Stosur settled the final tie in Australia's favour

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In the second tie of the day, the result between Australia and Spain Group D would have no bearing on the winning position which had been secured two days earlier by Great Britain, unbeaten in both their ties.

But the two proud tennis nations standing at rubber apiece after Monday’s play, weren’t going to simply roll over for neither wanted to end their challenges at the bottom of the table.

That was finally settled by John Peers and Sam Stosur when they defeated Jessica Bouzas Maneiro and David Vega Hernandez 6-2 6-3 to secure their nation a 3-2 win against Team Spain.

The duo were dominant throughout the 58-minute clash at the Ken Rosewall Arena.

Earlier, Bouzas Maneiro stepped in for an injured Paula Badosa and delivered a win to start a Spanish comeback by defeating Olivia Gadecki 6-2 6-2 after 80-minutes.

The match pitted two relatively inexperienced 20-year-olds against each other for pride and ranking points.

Jason Kubler then ensured a mixed doubles match would decide Australia’s tie against Spain after he defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3 4-6 6-3.

Supported by a vocal home crowd, the Australian produced an all-court display, running down every shot to seal his victory after two hours and 10-minutes.





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