Venus Williams photo © Enrique Fernandez for Tennis Panorama
Team USA’s Venus Williams and John Isner saw them clinch the mixed doubles rubber 6-3 6-2 to capture a 2-1 win over South Africa on Day two at Hyundai Hopman Cup 2013 in Perth.
Seven-time Major champion Venus Williams made a good start to the USA’s campaign winning a three-set battle against Chanelle Scheepers that lasted well over two hours, 4-6 6-2 6-3.
“I’m not expected to be perfect now but I’m thinking that my game will get better every match and I think the doubles will help as well to hone everything,” said Venus after the match. “More than anything I was just so excited to be out there playing and just ready to go for it.”
Anderson leveled the tie at 1-1 with a 7-6(0) 7-6(5) victory over Isner in a service dominated match before Team USA sealed the win in the mixed doubles rubber. It was another tough day for the South Africans who also conceded a live mixed doubles rubber on Saturday against Spain.
Andrea Petkovic withdrew from the Hyundai Hopman Cup on Sunday after rupturing the medial meniscus of her right knee. She is returning to Germany this week for further treatment.
Venus Williams, playing her first match since winning the Luxembourg title in October, defeated South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday to give the United States a 1-0 lead at the Hopman Cup mixed team event.
John Isner will play Kevin Anderson in the next men's singles match, with the teams playing a mixed doubles match later.
In the second match Sunday...
Results Sunday at the Hopman Cup mixed teams tennis tournament on hard courts at Perth Arena:
United States 2, South Africa 1 Venus Williams, United States, def. Chanelle Scheepers, South Africa, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Kevin Anderson, South Africa, def. John Isner, United States, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (5).
Williams and Isner, United States, def. Scheepers and Anderson, South Africa, 6-3, 6-2....