(January 1, 2012) The United States rallied for a 2-1 victory past France on Tuesday for second straight win in the Hopman Cup mixed teams competition in Perth. Venus Williams and John Isner won the mixed doubles rubber 6-7 (5), 6-2, 10-8, winning the last seven points in the match tiebreaker.
France was victorious in the opening singles when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga dominated Isner 6-3, 6-2. Williams evened up the tie coming back to defeat Mathilde Johansson 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Williams said of the comeback, “I was just thinking: ‘ man I’ve got to work on my game, the Australian Open is coming up’ so I didn’t want to let my team down. I always believe in myself so that’s the first thing, and if that’s the only thing you can do on a court is believe, that goes a long way.”
Williams, who appeared to be playing with some discomfort, said that she was “OK.”
“She hits the ball hard and low and I’m tall so it was hard to get down that low all the time. I have to give her a lot of credit for a tough