France win Hopman Cup

  • Last Updated: January 4 2014, 17:21 GMT

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Alize Cornet won the Hopman Cup for France after a hard-fought victory over Poland in the final in Perth.

Tsonga and Cornet were winners of the Hopman Cup
Tsonga and Cornet were winners of the Hopman Cup

Tsonga got the French off the mark with victory over Grzegorz Panfil in the men's singles but Agnieszka Radwanska levelled things up with a win over Cornet.

That took the contest to a deciding mixed-doubles rubber and it was the French pair who prevailed to take the trophy back to Paris.

Tsonga got France off to a flying start against Panfil as he took the first set in just 29 minutes but seven squandered break points saw him slip to defeat in the second.

The world number 10 recovered his composure in the third, however, to seal a 6-3 3-6 6-3 win and a 1-0 lead for the French.

Next up was Radwanska and Cornet, and the Pole looked in ominous form as she took the first set and moved within a game of victory in the second.

Cornet successfully saved a match point but looked like she was going to collapse at one point as a series of long rallies left her short of breath.

The Frenchwoman recovered, though, and took the set on a tie-break before fatigue took its toll and she slipped to a 6-3 6-7 (7/9) 6-2 defeat.

That took the match to the deciding rubber and it was Tsonga and Cornet who came out on top, cruising to a 6-0 6-2 victory to take the title to France for the first time.


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