Venus key to USA win

  • Last Updated: December 30 2012, 17:49 GMT

Former world number one Venus Williams played a pivotal role as the United States claimed a 2-1 victory over South Africa at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

John Isner and Venus Williams claimed victory.
John Isner and Venus Williams claimed victory.

The 32-year-old came from a set down to beat Chanelle Scheepers 4-6 6-2 6-3 to put the United States 1-0 up in the tie.

However, South Africa responded with Kevin Anderson claiming a 7-6 (7-0) 7-6 (7-5) win over John Isner, who is ranked 23 places higher than his opponent at 14.

Williams and Isner then came together for the deciding rubber and clinched the tie by winning the mixed doubles 6-3 6-2.

In the late match, Spain came from behind to beat France 2-1. Tsonga gave the French team the perfect start with a 7-5 6-3 victory over Verdasco, but Medina Garrigues levelled things up with a straightforward 6-3 6-2 win over


Garrigues then joined forces with Verdasco to see off the French pair 6-3 6-3 to send Spain to the top of Group B.

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