Italians see off German duo

  • Last Updated: January 2 2013, 16:22 GMT

Francesca Schiavone and Andreas Seppi earned Italy a 2-1 win over Germany in the Hopman Cup in Perth.

Francesca Schiavone (r): Helped Italy secure victory
Francesca Schiavone (r): Helped Italy secure victory

Italy had to come from behind to clinch the tie after Seppi lost his singles to Tommy Haas.

Schiavone defeated Tatjana Malek before teaming up with Seppi to win the doubles.

Seppi had been in a position to win both sets against Haas before losing 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (9/7), Schiavone then defeating Malek 3-6 6-3 6-3. The doubles went 6-4 7-5 in Italy's favour.

Malek had arrived in Perth only on the day of the match as a replacement for the injured Andrea Petkovic and slipped 3-0 behind in the opening set before hitting back to claim the next six games.

Schiavone recovered from an early break in the second set to win two games on her opponent's serve to level the match with a 6-3 score.

An early break in the deciding set was enough to put Schiavone on course for victory as she took it 6-3.

The doubles saw Schiavone hit top form as she and Seppi combined to break the Malek serve and take the opening set 6-4.

The second set was completely different and saw six consecutive breaks of serve.

Malek suffered four breaks of serve in the match and following the last of those Schiavone took the chance to serve out for the match.

The win was Italy's first of the tournament after defeat to top seeds Serbia, but the loss for Germany left them bottom of Pool A and with no chance of making Saturday's final.


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