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Hopman Cup: 3-9 Jan 2009, Perth, Australia

~EMiLiTA~
07-21-2008, 02:53 AM
Until we get a forum for this later on, I will just post articles here. I received this one today, and am very excited about it:

Superstar Siblings for Hyundai Hopman Cup
21st July 2008

PERTH. Sensational news for tennis fans as it was today announced that former World Number 1 Marat Safin and his sister Dinara Safina will join Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt and Casey Dellacqua at the 2009 Hyundai Hopman Cup in Perth. It will be the first time that the Russian superstar siblings will compete as a team together.

US Open, Australian Open & Davis Cup Champion, former World Number 1 and Russia’s leading male player for many years, Marat Safin is a crowd favourite. Currently ranked World Number 40 and rising he returned to form at Wimbledon where he had a career best semi-final appearance. In a tumultuous career he has delighted tennis fans all over the world and has won 15 ATP singles titles and earned over $13 million in prize money.

His younger sister 22 year old Dinara has burst into the women’s Top 10 with a fantastic run which started in Berlin where she beat 3 other Top 10 players, including former World Number 1’s Justine Henin and Serena Williams en route to victory, and culminated in the Final of the French Open where she was runner-up to current World Number 1 Ana Ivanovic. It will be her debut appearance at the Hopman Cup.

The Hyundai Hopman Cup is the Official Mixed Championship of the International Tennis Federation, and has come to be regarded as the world’s most prestigious invitational tournament.

The 21st Hyundai Hopman Cup will be played at the Burswood Dome from 3 – 9 January 2009.

Truc
09-18-2008, 10:58 AM
Simon-Cornet are supposed to play for France according to a recent interview of Cornet (but France often makes changes at the last minute).

~EMiLiTA~
09-19-2008, 07:04 AM
Yes, it's true:

French Bring Youth and Flair to Hopman
19th September 2008

PERTH. French star, Alize Cornet, will join talented Gilles Simon at this year’s Hyundai Hopman Cup. Cornet and Simon are currently ranked in the world’s top 20 and rising, and present as a genuine challenge to attain France’s first victory in the ITF International Mixed Teams Championship in Perth.

Alize Cornet, at only 18 years of age, is one of the young stars of women’s tennis. Ranked 18, she burst on the scene at this year’s Italian Open in Rome where she defeated three top 10 players, Serena Williams, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anna Chakvatadze, en route to the final. Cornet also won her first WTA title in Budapest this year.

Gilles Simon, also born in Nice and ranked 17, has won 3 ATP tournaments this year, including last week in Bucharest where he defeated Carlos Moya in the final. He opened the account at Casablanca, won again at Indianapolis with wins over Haas and Tursunov, prior to Bucharest. The 23 year old also turned heads at ATP Masters Series Canada, where he defeated then world number 1 Roger Federer en route to the semi’s.

France joins Australia, represented by WA’s Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt, and Russia with the brother/sister combination of Marat Safin and world number 5 Dinara Safina, in the eight nation field.

The Hyundai Hopman Cup is the Official Mixed Championship of the International Tennis Federation, and has come to be regarded as the world’s most prestigious invitational tournament.

The 21st Hyundai Hopman Cup will be played at the Burswood Dome from 3 – 9 January 2009.

~EMiLiTA~
09-19-2008, 07:16 AM
Btw I also heard on the radio yesterday that Djokovic would not be coming back, as he's supposedly going to Brisbane.

~EMiLiTA~
10-02-2008, 06:22 AM
:zzz:

Top Germans for Hopman
2nd October 2008

PERTH. Rising German tennis star, 19 year old Sabine Lisicki, will partner former world number four Nicolas Kiefer at this year’s Hyundai Hopman Cup. Germany, with its number 1 ranked man and woman, becomes the fourth team confirmed for this year’s ITF International Mixed Teams Championship.

Sabine Lisicki entered the mainstream of international tennis at this year’s Australian Open where she qualified and won two rounds, which included defeating then world number 16 Dinara Safina. A victory over Lindsay Davenport in the Fed Cup, followed by further success on the US hardcourts at Memphis, Indian Wells and Miami, cemented her rise into the leading echelons of women’s tennis. She is currently ranked 64.

Nicolas Kiefer, a tour veteran and 2006 Australian Open Semi-Finalist had an incredible run at the recent Canadian Masters Series defeating two top ten players (Blake and Davydenko) along with Frenchman Gilles Simon and last year’s Hopman Champion Mardy Fish, en route to a final showdown with world number 1 Rafael Nadal and a top 20 ranking. He is currently ranked 25.

Germany joins France, with top 20 players Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon, Australia, represented by WA’s Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt, and Russia with the brother/sister combination of Marat Safin and world number 3 Dinara Safina, in the eight nation field.

The Hyundai Hopman Cup is the Official Mixed Championship of the International Tennis Federation, and has come to be regarded as the world’s most prestigious invitational tournament.

The 21st Hyundai Hopman Cup will be played at the Burswood Dome from 3 – 9 January 2009.

~EMiLiTA~
10-16-2008, 01:41 AM
TOP 20 Slovak Star for HOPMAN
16th October 2008

PERTH. World number 20 Dominika Cibulkova will partner Hopman XVII Champion Dominik Hrbaty at this year’s Hyundai Hopman Cup. Slovak Republic, a two time Hopman Champion, becomes the fifth team confirmed for this year’s ITF International Mixed Teams Championship.

19 year old Dominika Cibulkova has powered through the top 100 this year in her second full year on the WTA Tour starting at the Gold Coast where she won two rounds, which she followed up by qualifying in Sydney before progressing to Doha where she had wins over Lucie Safarova, Patty Schnyder and Venus Williams on her way to the quarter finals. Further success in Miami and an impressive run at Amelia Island with victories over Alize Cornet, Amelie Mauresmo, Anna Chakvetadze and Victoria Azarenka saw her in her first Tier II final. She then skyrocketed into the Top 20 with another runner up performance this time at the Tier I Canadian Open in Montreal with victories over Elena Dementieva, Nadia Petrova, world number one Jelena Jankovic, before losing to Dinara Safina. A new Slovak star was born.

Dominik Hrbaty is a Hopman veteran and is heading back to Perth in his run to retirement. He contacted Tournament Director Paul McNamee earlier in the year and advised him that he would love to come back and play in Perth with an exciting youngster Dominika Cibulkova. A crowd favourite and former world number 12, Hrbaty won Hopman XVII with Daniela Hantuchova. It will be his fourth appearance at the Hyundai Hopman Cup.

The Slovak Republic joins Germany’s Sabine Lisicki and Nicolas Kiefer, France, with top 20 players Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon, Australia, represented by WA’s Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt, and Russia with the brother/sister combination of Marat Safin and world number 3 Dinara Safina, in the eight nation field.

The Hyundai Hopman Cup is the Official Mixed Teams Championship of the International Tennis Federation, and has come to be regarded as the world’s most prestigious invitational tournament.

The 21st Hyundai Hopman Cup will be played at Burswood Dome from 3 – 9 January 2009.

azza
10-19-2008, 07:54 AM
Hewitt n Dellacqua how boring :yawn:

~EMiLiTA~
10-21-2008, 01:24 PM
I don't even think Hewitt will end up playing cos Bec's due to give birth in like the 2nd week of Jan. And I read some article where it said he was making his return to the courts at Sydney. So I bet he won't come here.

~EMiLiTA~
10-24-2008, 03:33 AM
Good Weekend for HOPMAN Stars as ITALY Join Field
24th October 2008

PERTH. Italy’s Zurich Open finalist Flavia Pennetta will partner Simone Bolelli for Italy at this year’s Hyundai Hopman Cup. Gilles Simon, who will represent France, had the best week of his career when he defeated world number one, Rafael Nadal, to reach the final of the Madrid Masters Series. He now has victories over the number one (Nadal), two (Federer) and three (Djokovic) ranked players in the world this year along with three ATP titles stamping himself as a new star on the ATP Tour as he enters the top 10 and becomes France’s highest ranked male player!

Italian number one and world number 14 Flavia Pennetta yesterday reached the final in Zurich where she played Venus Williams for her third WTA title of the year after victories in Vina del Mar and Acapulco (where she defeated Simon’s partner Cornet). This, along with a runner-up performance in Los Angeles (lost to Dinara Safina) and a quarter final appearance at the US Open, has seen her rise to the rankings and this week she also had a victory over world number one Jelena Jankovic to cement her place on the world stage.

Pennetta is joined by Italian teammate Simone Bolelli currently ranked 43 on the ATP rankings. He is having his best year on the international scene after breaking into the top 100 for the first time since 2007. During 2008 he represented Italy in World Team Cup, Davis Cup and at the Olympics and had victories over Juan Del Potro, Marcos Baghdatis, Mario Cilic, Nicolas Kiefer and Gilles Simon. He reached the semi-finals in Wroclaw and the final in Munich.

The Hyundai Hopman Cup is the Official Mixed Championship of the International Tennis Federation, and has come to be regarded as the world’s most prestigious invitational tournament.

Hyundai Hopman Cup XXI teams previously announced:

Australia: Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt
France: Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon
Germany: Sabine Lisicki and Nicolas Kiefer
Italy: Flavia Pennetta and Simone Bolelli
Slovak Republic: Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty
Russia: Dinara Safina and Marat Safin

The 21st Hyundai Hopman Cup will be played at the Burswood Dome from 3 – 9 January 2009.


>> So I guess now that's pretty much finalised, cos the other 2 teams will be USA and an Asian team. Apart from Russia and France, I'm not interested lol

Kolya
10-24-2008, 09:08 AM
Rather weak.

At least there's Simon and Hrbaty for me.

krystlel
10-24-2008, 09:20 AM
That is a seriously weak field. :spit:

Maybe they are all coming to Brisbane instead. :woohoo:

Ferrero Forever
10-24-2008, 11:45 AM
Other than the Russian team, that is a horrible field!

~EMiLiTA~
10-28-2008, 05:35 AM
Resurgent SERENA Heads for Hyundai HOPMAN CUP
28th October 2008

PERTH. USA, represented by US Open winner Serena Williams and another two time Hopman Cup Champion James Blake will be the top seeds for this year’s Hyundai Hopman Cup. The Russian brother/sister combination of world number 2 Dinara Safina and dual Grand Slam Champion Marat Safin will fill the number 2 position and be seeded to meet USA in the Final.

USA, the most successful nation in the 20-year history of the Hopman Cup having been victorious five times, is the last team to be confirmed.

France, with Gilles Simon (world ranking 10) and Alize Cornet (world ranking 18) have risen through the rankings to become the third seed and Australia with former world number 1 Lleyton Hewitt and Western Australia’s Casey Dellacqua, will fill the fourth position.

Tournament Director Paul McNamee said “Serena’s return to number 1 was one of the biggest sports stories of the year. There’ll be a lot of interest in Serena, but equally as much in Lleyton Hewitt’s tournament comeback. It’ll be a big week.”

Serena Williams, the nine-time Grand Slam winner and dual Olympic Gold Medallist, capped off a sensational return to the top of the women’s game with an emphatic performance at the recent US Open in New York. She completed the tournament without losing a set, culminating in victory over then world number 2 Jelena Jankovic and gaining back the world number 1 ranking after a six year lapse.

Serena Williams is a two time Champion at the Hyundai Hopman Cup. She won Hopman XX partnering Mardy Fish and Hopman XV with James Blake. Serena has an impressive 100% win loss record at the Hopman Cup – having never lost a match. This will be her third appearance in Perth. Her partner James Blake has been just as successful winning with Williams and also with Lindsay Davenport the following year.

James Blake has spent the last few years ensconced in the world’s top 10 with a career high ranking of 4. He currently sits at 10 on the race and 11 in the rankings as he chases a spot in the year-end Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai. The highlight of his year was undoubtedly the Beijing Olympic Games where he defeated Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. He is one of the most popular players in Perth having first participated in Hopman XII as a 19 year old Harvard student on the threshold of his professional career.

The Hyundai Hopman Cup XXI Teams in seeded order are:

(1) USA: Serena Williams and James Blake
(2) Russia: Dinara Safina and Marat Safin
(3) France: Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon
(4) Australia: Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt
(5) Italy: Flavia Pennetta and Simone Bolelli
(6) Germany: Sabine Lisicki and Nicolas Kiefer
(7) Slovak Republic: Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty
(8) Winner Asian Hopman Cup

The Hyundai Hopman Cup is the Official Mixed Teams Championship of the International Tennis Federation, and has come to be regarded as the world’s most prestigious invitational tournament. It is a round robin, consisting of two groups of four teams where all teams play each other once with the winners of each group progressing to the Final.

The Asian Hopman Cup will be played November 12-15 in Kazakhstan.

The 21st Hyundai Hopman Cup will be played at the Burswood Dome from 3 – 9 January 2009. It will be televised on ABC and Fox Sports.

au_sports_opinion
10-28-2008, 10:03 AM
Not so weak anymore hehe.

Much stronger than previous years.

Nadie
10-28-2008, 06:23 PM
according to today's news in some Russian media, Andreev will probably replace Safin :o :help:

au_sports_opinion
11-01-2008, 01:44 AM
That's a good replacement, Safin wouldn't have treated the tournament seriously anyway.

Well nobody does but still.

Labamba
11-06-2008, 10:20 AM
nice field here :yeah:

JMG
11-14-2008, 08:23 AM
Eurosport is showing the Asian Hopman Cup since a few days. :cuckoo:

CoolMarker
11-15-2008, 10:22 PM
Chinese Taipei won Asian Hopman Cup and qualified for HOPMAN CUP XXI


ASIAN HOPMAN CUP - qualifying for HOPMAN CUP XXI
Venue: National Tennis Centre Astana, Kazakhstan
Date: November 12-15, 2008
6 Teams
Surface: Hard Indoor


Day 1: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 14:00 local time

Group A - court No. 2
(1)Chinese Taipei d. India 3-0
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) d. Shikha Uberoi (IND) 6-4 6-4
Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) d. Vishnu Vardhan (IND) 7-6(2) 6-1
Su-Wei Hsieh/Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) d. Shikha Uberoi/Vishnu Vardhan (IND) 6-0 6-2

Group B - center court
(2)Kazakhstan d. China 3-0
Andrei Goloubev (KAZ) d. Zhe Li (CHN) 6-2 6-4
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Yi-Miao Zhou (CHN) 6-3 6-4
Yaroslava Shvedova/Andrei Goloubev (KAZ) d. Yi-Miao Zhou/Zhe Li (CHN) 6-4 1-6 (10-7)


Day 2: Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 13:00 and 14:00 local time

Group A
(1)Chinese Taipei d. (4)Korea 3-0
Su Wei Hsieh (TPE) d. Yee Kyung Chae (KOR) 6-0 7-6(5)
Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) d. Woong-Sun Jun (KOR) 4-6 7-6(1) 6-3
Su-Wei Hsieh/Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) d. Yee Kyung Chae/Woong-Sun Jun (KOR) 6-2 6-2

Group B
(3)Thailand d. China 2-1
Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) d. Yi-Miao Zhou (CHN) 6-2 6-3
Danai Udomchoke (THA) d. Zhe Li (CHN) 6-3 6-0
Yi-Miao Zhou/Zhe Li (CHN) d. Tamarine Tanasugarn/Danai Udomchoke (THA) 6-4 6-2


Day 3: Friday, November 14, 2008 at 13:00 and 14:00 local time

Group A
India d. (4)Korea 2-1
Shikha Uberoi (IND) d. Yee Kyung Chae (KOR) 6-1 4-4 ret.
Woong-Sun Jun (KOR) d. Vishnu Vardhan (IND) 7-6(3) 6-1
Shikha Uberoi/Vishnu Vardhan (IND) d. Yee Kyung Chae/Woong-Sun Jun (KOR) w/o

Group B
(2)Kazakhstan d. (3)Thailand 2-1
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 6-1 6-2
Andrei Goloubev (KAZ) d. Danai Udomchoke (THA) 7-5 7-5
Tamarine Tanasugarn/Danai Udomchoke (THA) d. Yaroslava Shvedova/Andrei Goloubev (KAZ) 6-3 3-6 (10-8)



Finals

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Chinese Taipei d. Kazakhstan 2-0
Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) d. Andrei Goloubev (KAZ) 6-2 6-4
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 6-4 6-4
Su-Wei Hsieh/Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) vs Yaroslava Shvedova/Andrei Goloubev (KAZ) not played

chewy
11-23-2008, 04:59 AM
I don't even think Hewitt will end up playing cos Bec's due to give birth in like the 2nd week of Jan. And I read some article where it said he was making his return to the courts at Sydney. So I bet he won't come here.

if Hewitt pulls out, i hope Luczak can replace him. Teaming with Casey will be an interesting combo imo.
Also like to see Russia and Taiwan.

au_sports_opinion
11-27-2008, 09:50 AM
Klein - Dellacqua should play Hopman in the coming years both from WA

chewy
12-07-2008, 12:22 PM
Brydan Klein?
that'll be interesting as well, i think this is a great platform for the youngster.

~EMiLiTA~
12-08-2008, 09:43 AM
Serena Out \ Marat Safin In
8 December 2008

PERTH. US Open winner and world number 2 Serena Williams has been forced to withdraw from the Hyundai Hopman Cup. She injured her hamstring in the year ending WTA Championships and has not been able to recover in time to prepare adequately for the Perth tournament. She still intends to play the Australian Open.

However, in a boost to the tournament, mercurial Russian star Marat Safin has shelved retirement plans and recommitted to the Hopman: “I’m pleased to confirm my participation in Hopman Cup. It will be special to play with my sister, and I hope we can challenge for the Trophy”.

Tournament Director Paul McNamee said, “Although we are disappointed about Serena not being able to make it, we are delighted Marat Safin will be here. What an outstanding combination he and his sister are”.

Two time Champion James Blake will now be partnered by Meghann Shaughnessy who last year played the first Hopman match for USA, where she defeated Sania Mirza of India. Meghann, winner of six singles and 15 doubles titles on the WTA Tour has had an injury plagued year but retains a special WTA singles ranking of 50.

USA will remain the top seeds for this year’s Hyundai Hopman Cup. Blake, a two time Hopman Champion has spent the last few years ensconced in the world’s top 10 with a career high ranking of 4. He finished the year as the world number 10. The Russian brother/sister combination of world number 3 Dinara Safina and dual Grand Slam Champion Marat Safin will fill the number 2 position and be seeded to meet the USA in the Final.

USA is the most successful nation in the 20-year history of the Hopman Cup having been victorious five times.

The French team of Gilles Simon and Alize Cornet (world ranking 16) could however be the form team after Simon’s sensational run at the ATP Masters in Shanghai where he reached the semi-finals and catapulted to a year end ranking of 7. They will open the tournament against Chinese Taipei who won the recent Asian Hopman Cup to take up the final spot in the field. France are the third seeds and Australia, with former world number 1 Lleyton Hewitt and Western Australia’s Casey Dellacqua, will retain the fourth position. There will be no change to the schedule.

The Hyundai Hopman Cup XXI Teams revised field and schedule is:

Session 1
Sat 3 Jan 09
10:30am
France v Chinese Taipei

Session 2
Tennis West Family Day
Sun 4 Jan 09
10:30am
Russia v Italy

Session 3
Mon 5 Jan 09
10:30am
Australia v Germany

Session 4
Mon 5 Jan 09
6.00pm
USA v Slovak Republic

Session 5
Tue 6 Jan 09
10:30am
France v Italy

Session 6
Tue 6 Jan 09
6.00pm
Australia v Slovak Republic

Session 7
MYER Ladies Day
Wed 7 Jan 09
10:30am
USA v Germany

Session 8
Wed 7 Jan 09
6:00pm
Russia v Chinese Taipei

Session 9*
Thu 8 Jan 09
10:30am
Australia v USA (Centre Court)
Germany v Slovak Republic (Court 1)

Session 10*
Thu 8 Jan 09
6:00pm
Russia v France (Centre Court)


Italy v Chinese Taipei (Court 1)

Final
Fri 9 Jan 09
6:00pm
Winner Group A v Winner Group B


* Double header using two courts

(1) USA: Meghann Shaughnessy and James Blake
(2) Russia: Marat Safin and Dinara Safina
(3) France: Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon
(4) Australia: Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt
(5) Italy: Simone Bolelli and Flavia Pennetta
(6) Germany: Sabine Lisicki and Nicolas Kiefer
(7) Slovak Republic: Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty
(8) Chinese Taipei: Su-Wei Hsieh and Yen-Hsun Lu

The Hyundai Hopman Cup is the Official Mixed Teams Championship of the International Tennis Federation, and has come to be regarded as the world’s most prestigious invitational tournament. It is a round robin tournament, consisting of two groups of four teams where all teams play each other once with the winners of each group progressing to the Final.

The 21st Hyundai Hopman Cup will be played at the Burswood Dome from 3 – 9 January 2009. It will be televised on ABC and Fox Sports.

Deboogle!.
12-09-2008, 02:20 AM
TTC is showing some sessions in the US Again :D maybe just sessions 7 and 9 http://www.thetennischannel.com/tournaments/

myrt
12-10-2008, 11:33 PM
TTC is showing some sessions in the US Again :D maybe just sessions 7 and 9 http://www.thetennischannel.com/tournaments/


Guess I should be grateful the TC is showing any of HC...but they only show us the Americans until the final where we will actually see a team from the other group.....wish they could get it through their heads that we are not so nationalistic and would love to see other teams too. Fervently hoping for a livestream.

SonicCRO
12-11-2008, 02:52 PM
Tapei will made lots of problems now , after asian cup

eureka
12-18-2008, 12:10 PM
I don't even think Hewitt will end up playing cos Bec's due to give birth in like the 2nd week of Jan. And I read some article where it said he was making his return to the courts at Sydney. So I bet he won't come here.

Bec had a baby boy (three weeks early) Bet it was planned so he can concentrate on the tennis. I guess the whole family will be in Perth now. Media attention won't just be on the tennis anymore...New Idea, Women's Weekly, Women's Day and every other womens rag will be out in force!

Kolya
12-24-2008, 07:54 AM
Hopman Cup is starting later than usual.

It usually starts on Dec 31st before yeah?

Then some NYE dinner ball...

aussie_fan
12-24-2008, 09:06 AM
Hopman Cup is starting later than usual.

It usually starts on Dec 31st before yeah?

Then some NYE dinner ball...

The way the calender has worked out this year. it's better that it starts after new years anyway.

felipe2004
12-24-2008, 03:55 PM
How do they do the seedings? Shouldn't France be ahead of USA, since Simon and Cornet are ranked higher than Blake and Shaughnessy in the rankings?

jordanaus
12-25-2008, 04:18 AM
Gah I hate the later start :P

Good Luck to Russia, Australia, Slovakia and Chinese Taipei

au_sports_opinion
12-25-2008, 08:46 AM
Guess I should be grateful the TC is showing any of HC...but they only show us the Americans until the final where we will actually see a team from the other group.....wish they could get it through their heads that we are not so nationalistic and would love to see other teams too. Fervently hoping for a livestream.

American's seem less patriotic than other nations when it comes to sport.

Maybe because ya's dominate!

myrt
12-29-2008, 07:44 PM
hey, I didn't say I didn't want to see the americans...I just don't want to see only the americans. We're as patriotic as any other nation..it's just we are a country made up of many nationalities and enjoy many players from around the world. TTC is being very prejudiced when they show only the USA matches.

~EMiLiTA~
12-29-2008, 11:44 PM
Bec had a baby boy (three weeks early) Bet it was planned so he can concentrate on the tennis. I guess the whole family will be in Perth now. Media attention won't just be on the tennis anymore...New Idea, Women's Weekly, Women's Day and every other womens rag will be out in force!

Urgh...media hype :rolleyes:

azza
12-30-2008, 07:33 AM
This hopman cup will be so shit

SonicCRO
01-01-2009, 04:14 AM
go Tapei ;)

MsTree
01-02-2009, 01:40 PM
Maybe try here for a stream when it starts? Never used this site before but I'll give it a go... :)
http://livetv.ru/en/eventinfo/17940/

Fedeze14_gc
01-02-2009, 03:56 PM
argentina isn't here...but it's ok...we haven't got pruposed player to play here ¬¬

i support russian team :)

smucav
01-02-2009, 04:05 PM
T.V. Schedule

Tennis Channel
http://www.thetennischannel.com/schedule/index.aspx

Tuesday, January 6
8:30 p.m.-2:00 a.m. ET session 7: USA vs. Germany (live)

Wednesday, January 7
8:30 p.m.-2:00 a.m. ET session 9: USA vs. Australia (live)

Friday, January 9
4:00-9:30 a.m. ET final (live)

why,marat,why?
01-02-2009, 06:21 PM
Why the hell wouldn't they show any of Russia's matches? What do you guys think, will there be any live streams for this jont?

L James
01-03-2009, 03:56 AM
Simon 4-3

Labamba
01-03-2009, 09:14 AM
Session 1 - France 3 d Chinese Taipei 0

Alize Cornet d Hsieh Su-Wei 6-4, 6-4
Gilles Simon d Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
Cornet/Simon d Hsieh/Lu 6-4, 7-6 (11-9)

FRANCE has started its quest for a first Hyundai Hopman Cup title perfectly, defeating Chinese Taipei 3-0 to claim the opening Tie of the 21st staging of the tournament.

France comes into the Cup as the No. 3 seeds but with an incredibly talented team consisting of 18-year-old world No. 16 Alize Cornet and world No. 7 Gilles Simon.

The Chinese Taipei team return after an impressive outing last year and career-best years on Tour, but Su-Wei Hsieh and Yen-Hsu Lu just fell short against their higher-ranked players.

Cornet began with a solid 6-4, 6-4 win over Hsieh, with Simon's 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) win over Lu tying things up for France. The French also went on to win the mixed doubles 6-4, 7-6 (11-9).

While Simon has been in Perth acclimatising for much of the week, Cornet only arrived on Friday but is glad to begin with a good win.

"I just arrived yesterday so I felt a bit sleepy, but it's good because I could play a match and I won it in two sets. It's really positive to win in two sets against this kind of player because she played really good," Cornet said.

Simon wasn’t overly happy with his performance in the second set, which went to a tie-break, but was happy to escape with the straight-sets win.

"In the first set I played great tennis and then I was up 3-1 in the second but lost my concentration. He played better as well and finally I was a little bit lucky because I think I should have lost the second set," Simon said.

In the women's match, the first set remained on serve through the first eight games until Cornet was able to grab the first break of the tournament to go up 5-4. She then went on to hold serve to close out the first set before Hsieh required some treatment on her neck.

Hsieh was fine to continue soon after but Cornet was able to also maintain her slight advantage in a tight set, to claim it 6-4 to close out the win on her first appearance at the Hyundai Hopman Cup.

Simon then stepped on a court for the first time since the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in November to take on Lu, who had got as high as 61 in the ranking after appearing at last year's Cup.

Simon quickly shot out to a 4-1 lead in the first set and took it out 6-3 to be looking in the form of 2008 that saw him become the only player to beat Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Simon again looked on track to dominate the second set racing to a 3-1 lead, but then Lu showed his grit by winning three straight games to take a 4-3 lead. Games then remained on serve as the two went into the first tie-break of the tournament.

It was a hard-fought decider as well with Simon eventually prevailing 8-6 to claim the win and the Tie for France.

Having played two Asian Hopman Cups and one Hyundai Hopman Cup together already, the Chinese Taipei's doubles prowess was on show early racing to a 4-2 lead, but Cornet and Simon then won four straight games to take the set 6-4.

It was a tight battle in the second with it going to a tie-breaker, in which Cornet and Simon triumphed in 11-9 to wrap up the Tie 3-0.

frici
01-03-2009, 09:58 AM
Simon/Cornet :banana: :banana: :banana:

Good Luck Simon!:)

kalisita
01-03-2009, 06:21 PM
Looks like Safin is making it interesting already.

http://tennis.com/news/ticker.aspx

Marat Safin's arrival in Perth for the Hopman Cup was later than expected because of flight delays, causing him to attend the Hopman Cup ballin shorts and a t-shirt. Local press also reported that Safin's left eye was black and he had what appeared to be a cut near his right eye.

Safin and sister Dinara Safina comprise Russia's Hopman Cup team this year and will make their mixed doubles debut at the event.

http://www.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,,6425549,00.jpg

kiwi10is
01-03-2009, 06:54 PM
I'd like to hear his answers in the next pressconference :-D

Tomek.
01-03-2009, 10:02 PM
make bets for Hopman Cup

http://www.menstennisforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=269

:)

Labamba
01-04-2009, 10:59 AM
Session 2 - Russia 2 d Italy 1

Dinara Safina d Flavia Pennetta 7-5, 6-3
Marat Safin d Simone Bolelli 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
Safin/Safin lost to Pennetta/Bolelli 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (2/10)

RUSSIA's dynamic brother-sister duo of Dinara Safina and Marat Safin got off to a winning Hyundai Hopman Cup start downing Italy 2-1 on Sunday's Session 2.

It is the first time Safina and older brother Safina have teamed together anywhere in the world and they secured the win with victories in their singles encounters over Italy's Flavia Pennetta and Simone Bolelli.

The women's match was a close fought affair between the world's No. 3 and 13 with Safina having to come from behind in each set to win 7-5, 6-3.

Fresh off the plane from Russia into Perth on Saturday night, Safin wore some war wounds from his New Year's back home but did not drop serve against Bolelli to win 7-6 (5), 6-4 on the back of 14 aces.

The Italians then got a measure of revenge winning the mixed doubles 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (10/2) in a result that keeps them well in the hunt for the final.

While Safina won the women's singles in straight sets, it was a tremendously see-sawing battle. Pennetta opened up a 3-1 lead in the first set and consolidated that to 5-3, but then the Russian won the next four games to claim it 7-5.

It ended in a cruel way when Pennetta was called for the first foot fault of the tournament.

Pennetta again started the second set in bright fashion to take a commanding 3-0 advantage after winning the first two games without Safina winning a point, but the Russian then dominated winning six straight games to take the set 6-3, and sew up the win for the Russians.

In the men's match, Safin and Bolelli held serve right through the first set to send it into a tie-break. Safin's serve was well on song with 10 aces and that helped him claim the tie-breaker 7-5.

Having scored a win in their only previous meeting, Bolelli wasn’t about to go away, though, and the two held serve through the first six games of the second set before Safin scored the first break.

It came in the seventh game to give him a 4-3 lead and Safin consolidated to go up 5-3. Safin went on to hold serve and break Bolelli again to take the second set 6-4 to clinch the Tie.

Pennetta and Bolelli were desperate to do well in the doubles and started well, taking the set 7-5. However, Safina and Safin hit back in the second to win it 6-4 and force a deciding Match tie-break.

When there, the Italian duo dominated to take it out 10-2 to score the victory.

Italy next plays in Tuesday's day Session against France, while Russia has until Wednesday evening before taking on Chinese Taipei.

kiwi10is
01-04-2009, 03:21 PM
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45344000/jpg/_45344111_safin_ap2_226.jpg

looking at this it was an amazing win

lucian_iasi
01-05-2009, 07:31 AM
Lleyton Hewitt - Nicolas Kiefer 6-7,6-3,6-2:D:D
Casey Dellacqua - Sabine Lisicki 6-4,2-6,5-7 :( :mad:

Labamba
01-05-2009, 04:28 PM
Session 3 - Germany 2 d Australia 1

Sabine Lisicki d Casey Dellacqua 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
Nicolas Kiefer lost to Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 2-6
Lisicki/Kiefer d Dellacqua/Hewitt 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 7-6 (10/5)

GERMANY has beaten Australia 2-1 in an enthralling battle with all three matches going to three sets in Session 3 of the Hyundai Hopman Cup.

The Session in front of a packed Burswood Dome crowd of 7433 got off to the perfect start for local girl Dellacqua, winning the first set 6-4.

Lisicki dominated the second, though, to win the set 6-2 and claimed the third 7-5 on the back of 12 of the last 13 points, and last four games.

Hewitt was playing his first match in 146 days after hip surgery and lost the first set to Kiefer in a tie-breaker. He got right back on track in the next two taking them out 6-3, 6-2 to keep his undefeated record over Kiefer.

Germany then won the mixed doubles 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (10/5) to get its Hyundai Hopman Cup campaign off to a winning start. With the closeness of the Tie, the Aussies are far from out of the tournament though.

Despite the loss, it was Dellacqua's first match since September after being sidelined with a shoulder injury and it was a tremendous hit out. She can now look forward to taking on Meghann Shaughnessy and Dominika Cibulkova to complete her first Cup.

The 23-year-old Perth product couldn’t have possibly made a better start to her Hyundai Hopman Cup career, jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the first. Lisicki did get it back to 4-4, but a break and hold of serve by Dellacqua saw her claim the set 6-4.

However, Lisicki didn’t reach the top 50 in the world in 2008 by fluke and the German dominated the second set to claim it 6-2.

She had the chance to serve it out at 5-1, but three double faults ruined that opportunity. Lisicki broke Dellacqua's serve on the next game, though, to take the set.

Dellacqua then began the third set in the exact same way as the first racing to a 3-1 lead. She consolidated to 4-2 and 5-3 before the pressure was on in front of her home crowd to serve out the match.

Lisicki came up with some tremendous winners to break Dellacqua's serve, though, and tied things up at 5-5. The German then held serve and broke again to love to claim the set 7-5. In that run, Lisicki won 12 of the last 13 points to claim the victory.

Hewitt began brightly going up 3-1 in the first set against Kiefer, but the German then won three straight games. Hewitt broke Kiefer's serve again to hold a 6-5 advantage, but Kiefer broke back to force a tie-break and won that eight points to six.

Hewitt started the second set brightly again going out to a 2-0 lead, but Kiefer got it back to 2-2. Hewitt dominated from there, though, to take the set 6-3.

In the deciding third, Hewitt got out to a 3-0 lead and held on to win it 6-2 and force a deciding mixed doubles.

It was the first time both teamed together and the Aussies started brightly to secure a 3-0 lead, but that was soon gone with Kiefer and Lisicki winning the next four games. From there, the Aussies came back to have the scores tied at five.

It went to a tie-break and Australia dominated seven points to two. Germany went on to win the second set 6-3 and then the Match Tie-Break 10-5 to claim the Tie for the Germans.

Labamba
01-05-2009, 04:30 PM
Session 4 - Slovak Republic 3 d USA 0

Dominika Cibulkova d Meghann Shaughnessy 6-2, 6-2
Dominik Hrbaty d James Blake 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7/1)
Cibulkova/Hrbaty d Shaughnessy/Blake 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)

saleebyman
01-06-2009, 12:06 AM
Hey i would dearly love to watch aussies vs slovak republic 2nite.....but i cant unless a find a live stream that works, and wat program to use it with. If anyone can tell me where to find one i would be in their debt forever!

Labamba
01-06-2009, 08:45 AM
Session 5 - Italy 2 d France 1

Flavia Pennetta lost to Alize Cornet 5-7, 2-6
Simone Bolelli d Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-3
Pennetta/Bolelli d Cornet/Simon 6-4, 7-6 (7/2)

ITALY's Flavia Pennetta and Simone Bolelli have kept its Hyundai Hopman Cup alive, upsetting the dynamic French duo of Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon in Session 5.

France came into the Cup as favourites with the bookies and backed that up with a 3-0 win on Saturday over Chinese Taipei, but Bolelli, and Pennetta and Bolelli as a doubles combination weren’t ready to be out of contention.

Cornet claimed the women's singles over Pennetta 7-5, 6-2, but then Bolelli scored his first win over a top 10 player when he stunned Simon 6-3, 6-3. The Italians then secured the win 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) to move both nations to a win apiece from two Ties.

To be a chance of making the final, Italy now needs to beat Chinese Taipei on Thursday night but hopes that other results fall its way. If Russia beats Chinese Taipei on Wednesday and France on Thursday, the Russians are in but a loss in either will throw things wide open.

Cornet and Pennetta are both in the women's top 16, so it was always going to be a match to savour and the Frenchwoman got off to a bright start going up 5-2 in the first set.

Pennetta fought back hard, though, to get the set back to 5-5. However, Cornet recovered from some breathing difficulties and lapse in form to claim the final two games to win the opening set 7-5.

She then started the second just as brightly to take a 4-1 lead and this time didn’t surrender it, winning 6-2 to keep France undefeated at this year's Cup.

That was about to change, though, with Italian Bolelli upsetting Simon 6-3, 6-3 in one of the biggest wins of his career. It's the first time he has beaten a top 10 player, and after reaching a career-high ranking of 39 in 2008, he's a definite player on the rise.

That left the Tie to come down to a deciding mixed doubles and the Italians claimed the first set 6-4, largely due to Pennetta's doubles expertise.

France looked set to force a deciding set when leading 5-3 in the second set, but the Italians got back into it to lead 6-5 after Cornet served a double fault to leave it to Pennetta to serve out the match.

She wasn’t able to do it and the set went to a tie-break where Italy dominated winning seven points to two.

Labamba
01-06-2009, 08:47 AM
Hey i would dearly love to watch aussies vs slovak republic 2nite.....but i cant unless a find a live stream that works, and wat program to use it with. If anyone can tell me where to find one i would be in their debt forever!

couple of options:

http://channelsurfing.net/watch-bwin-itf1.html
http://www.justin.tv/chon9cm

:wavey:

saleebyman
01-06-2009, 08:53 AM
ok the first one works....which is greatthnx...but justintv doesnt it says "This account has been suspended for violating the Terms of Service."

lucian_iasi
01-06-2009, 11:46 AM
Come on Lleyton..:rocker:

Sheva
01-06-2009, 08:39 PM
What time will todays' matches start?

Looking forward to see Blake vs Kiefer. At Livescore.com it is listed as 3.45 AM CET. Couldn't find any match schedule on the official website of the Hopman Cup..

Labamba
01-07-2009, 12:31 AM
Session 6 - Slovak Republic 2 d Australia 1

Dominika Cibulkova d Casey Dellacqua 7-5, 6-2
Dominik Hrbarty lost to Lleyton Hewitt 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/1), 4-6
Cibulkova/Hrbaty d Dellacqua/Hewitt 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-6 (10/4)

THE Slovak Republic has ended Australia's Cup hopes while on the same history-making night strengthened its own chances of claiming a third victory.

In front of a massive crowd of 8122, Session 6 of Hyundai Hopman Cup XXI finished after 1.30am, the latest ever concluding time and it wasn’t the ideal ending for the home nation.

The Slovak Republic team of Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty downed Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt 2-1.

Cibulkova began brightly for the Slovak team, beating Dellacqua 7-5, 6-2.

If Hewitt's hip was giving him any concern coming into the Cup, it has received an incredible workout in two straight days. On Monday, he beat Germany's Nicolas Kiefer in three sets and now prevailed over Hrbaty 7-6 (4), 6-7 (1), 6-4 in 2hrs 59 minutes.

The Tie then came down to a deciding mixed doubles which went to the third. Cibulkova and Hrbaty won the super tie-break 10-4 to take the match 7-6 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (10/4).

The loss ends Australia's final hopes, but puts the Slovak Republic in a tremendous position. All that is required is to beat Germany on Thursday and they are in, also giving Hrbaty a chance at a second Cup.

Dellacqua's second match in her home-town again began promisingly, as she raced out to a 4-2 lead in the first set.

However, she couldn’t maintain the advantage as Cibulkova continually ran everything down and got just about every ball back into play – that wasn’t one of Dellacqua's 47 unforced errors for the match.

Cibulkova went on to claim the set 7-5 before capitalising on Dellacqua's mistakes yet again in the second. After leading 40-0 in a game that would have taken it to 2-2, Dellacqua lost the next nine straight points to find herself down 1-4.

She couldn’t recover from there as Cibulkova took the set 6-2 to remain undefeated at the Cup.

The men's match was a classic between two of the best fighters the modern game has seen.

While Hrbaty has been sidelined for much of the last two years with injury, and Hewitt since the Olympic Games with a hip problem, the two put on a marathon effort.

Both did it off little rest as well having played long matches the previous day, but that didn’t harm the quality of the tennis.

The first set remained on serve the whole way, but Hewitt quickly opened up a 4-1 advantage in the tie-break, and took it seven points to four.

The former world No. 1 then looked to have the match secure at 5-2 in the second, and still when serving for the match at 5-3, but as he has done his whole career, Hrbaty would not surrender.

In a blink of an eye, he was back even at five games apiece and it went to another tie-break.

He then dominated to win it 7-1 and forced a deciding set. With Australia's final hopes resting on the third set, Hewitt was able to take it out 6-4 to remain unbeaten against Hrbaty and force a deciding mixed doubles.

The doubles began at midnight and it was a tough and even first set. The Slovak team did get the advantage to give Hrbaty the chance to serve for the set at 5-4, but the Australians broke his serve.

From there it went to a tie-break, which Australia claimed seven points to five. Slovakia then won the second set 6-3 and super tie-break comfortably 10-4 to have won five of six matches in two Ties so far.

Labamba
01-07-2009, 12:34 AM
What time will todays' matches start?

Looking forward to see Blake vs Kiefer. At Livescore.com it is listed as 3.45 AM CET. Couldn't find any match schedule on the official website of the Hopman Cup..

the first women's match starts at 2.30 am CET, so Blake vs Kiefer probably around 4 am CET

ouch
01-07-2009, 06:23 PM
Watching Blake-Kiefer today I was really surprised to see a chair beside the net.

Does anyone know whether or not it is on purpose that on one hand they have hawkeye-technology for challenges and on the other a real person sitting beside the net? :confused:

Labamba
01-07-2009, 11:57 PM
Session 7 - Germany 2 d USA 1

Sabine Lisicki d Meghann Shaughnessy 4-6, 6-0, 6-4
Nicolas Kiefer lost to James Blake 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (9/7), 4-6
Lisicki/Kiefer d Shaughnessy/Blake 6-3, 3-6, 7-6

GERMANY has held off the United States in Session 7 of the Hyundai Hopman Cup to be right in contention for the final.

Germany has now won both its Ties the same way, with Sabine Lisicki winning her singles, Nicolas Kiefer losing an incredibly competitive three-set men's match, and then claiming the mixed doubles in the match tie-break.

Germany now plays the Slovak Republic on Thursday's day Session, with the winner of Group B to come from those two.

Meanwhile, the United States team of Meghann Shaughnessy and James Blake plays Australia's Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt, but neither team is in contention for the final having lost both Ties so far.

The German-US battle began with Lisicki accounting for Shaughnessy in three sets, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4, before Blake prevailed in an incredible battle with another former world No. 4 Kiefer, 7-6 (3), 6-7 (7), 6-4. Germany won the mixed doubles 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (10/7) to claim the Tie.

Fresh off a win over Dellacqua and with Shaughnessy losing to Dominika Cibulkova, Lisicki would have liked her chances coming into the women's singles.

That would have been even more the case when she led 2-0, but Shaughnessy then won three straight games to lead 3-2. From there, the American claimed the opening set 6-4.

It was largely on the back of unforced errors from the German, though, and a double fault which handed Shaughnessy the break.

Lisicki was then on fire in the second, winning it 6-0 in a tremendous display of the full ability the 19-year-old has. The third set was a tougher battle, with Shaughnessy again finding some form, but Lisicki held on 6-4 to win a near two-hour contest.

The men's matches in Group A have all been enthralling so far and the Blake-Kiefer game was no exception.

Blake claimed the first set in the tie-break seven points to three, and the second again went to the tie-break as neither player could manage a break of serve.

Blake then had a match point at 7-6 in the tie-break on Kiefer's serve but the German came up with his 15th ace. He came up with another huge serve to earn a set point himself and sealed it with a superb backhand drive down the line.

Blake claimed the first break of the match on his 18th break point to open the third set after a line call that earned the ire of Kiefer. Blake went on to lead 3-1 and held on to win the set 6-4 and match in 2hrs 30mins.

The doubles yet again went into a deciding match tie-break after both nations split the first two sets 6-3. The Germans won the decider 10 points to seven to win the crucial Tie.

Labamba
01-08-2009, 12:00 AM
Session 8 - Russia 2 d Chinese Taipei 1

Dinara Safina d Hsieh Su-Wei 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
Marat Safin d Yen-Hsun Lu 7-6 (8/6), 7-5
Safina/Safin lost to Hsieh/Lu 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (8/10)

RUSSIA's brother-sister dream team of Marat Safin and Dinara Safina has survived a strong challenge from Chinese Taipei to win 2-1 and remain unbeaten at the Hyundai Hopman Cup.

Coming off an opening Tie win over Italy, the Russians didn’t have it all their own way against Su-Wei Hsieh and Yen-Hsun Lu, but won both singles matches before losing the mixed doubles in a match tie-break.

However, they will need to back up against the highly-rated French team of Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon on Thursday night to guarantee qualification.

A French victory will mean that France, Russia and Italy could all be on two victories by the end of the Round-Robin series and the finalist from Group A will be decided by the calculator.

World No. 3 Safina began slowly against Hsieh, who made the fourth round of last year's Australian Open, losing the first set 4-6. She fought back strongly taking the second 6-2, but then once again struggled in the third. She battled through to claim it 7-5.

Safin then stepped back onto court to see if he could continue his form from Sunday and while Lu gave him a good fight, Safin prevailed 7-6 (6), 7-5. Chinese Taipei's top-ranked player was serving for the second set, only for Safin to break his serve and win the last three games.

Safin, who has announced that 2009 is his final year on Tour, didn’t find things easy against Lu, but is delighted to begin his Australian summer with two wins.

"He's a very complete player, is very smart, fast and good from all the sides. He seems to read the game well, his anticipation is incredible and it's quite tough to break him," Safin said.

"I didn’t have any expectations coming here because I only had two weeks of practice after not touching a racquet for two months. I didn’t even expect to win a set, so to win two matches is a bonus and it's an impressive performance so far."

Both countries returned for the mixed doubles to make it three straight nights going well beyond midnight, and it went the distance. Russia claimed the first set 6-4, but then lost the second 3-6 and match tie-break 10 points to eight.

Tonight's Session to decide the finalist from their Group will now be sure to showcase some tremendous tennis.

The Russia-France Tie will be on Centre Court, with Italy taking on Chinese Taipei on Court One, but with three teams still in the running it will be a Session worth checking out.

Labamba
01-08-2009, 09:08 AM
Session 9 - USA 2 d Australia 1

Meghann Shaughnessy lost to Casey Dellacqua 3-6, 4-6
James Blake d Lleyton Hewitt 6-2, 6-2
Shaughnessy/Blake d Dellacqua/Hewitt 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (10/6)

Slovak Republic 3 d Germany 0

Dominika Cibulkova d Sabine Lisicki 7-6 (7/3), 6-4
Dominik Hrbarty d Nicolas Kiefer 6-3, 6-0 walkover
Cibulkova/Hrbaty d Lisicki/Kiefer 6-0, 6-0 walkover

THE Slovak Republic's Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty have advanced to the Hyundai Hopman Cup XXI final after Germany's Nicolas Kiefer went down injured, while the United States downed Australia.

The Slovak team will now look to win a third Cup title against the Group B winner to be decided tonight, with Russia, France and Italy all still alive.

Cibulkova and Hrbaty automatically advanced to the final after Kiefer suffered what could be a serious ankle injury early in his men's match.

After Cibulkova downed Sabine Lisicki 7-6 (3), 6-4, the men's match loomed as a decider as to who made the final, and that's exactly how it turned out.

Kiefer, fresh off two tough three-set losses to Lleyton Hewitt and James Blake, started strongly to be up 3-1 and serving for a 4-1 advantage. After serving, he moved forward for a volley but rolled his ankle and was left lying on the court.

He was unable to move for sometime, with fellow Tour veteran Hrbaty lending a generous hand until further attention arrived. From there, Kiefer left in a wheelchair to go to hospital for scans on his ankle.

It was a disappointing finish to what could have been a classic Tie to decide who made the final, but Cibulkova and Hrbaty advance to the final now with wins during the week over the United States, Australia and Germany.

Cibulkova and Lisicki began the ladies match after wins over Meghann Shaughnessy and Casey Dellacqua, and the 19-year-old rising stars had a good tussle.

Lisicki had her chances, but the ability of Cibulkova to run every ball down and constantly get it back into court proved too much, as the Slovak Republic representative scored the two-set win.

After the match, Hrbaty was disappointed to see Kiefer go down, but was obviously happy to now have the chance for a second Cup win after not feeling the best.

"I was quite sick this morning with a head cold and I still have swelling in my face. I had played two tough matches when I didn’t get to bed until after three in the morning, but I'm still happy that we are in the final. We will do everything we can to win now," Hrbaty said.

"I hate it also. It happened to me once when I was here before, but it's really bad luck for him in the first tournament of the year. He was working really hard, played well in the matches before and I hope he will be OK."

In the day's other Session, the United States beat Australia 2-1. Casey Dellacqua scored her first Cup win when she got the better of Meghann Shaughnessy 6-3, 6-4. James Blake then proved too good for Lleyton Hewitt, winning 6-2, 6-2 after the Australian won his first two matches on return from injury.

The Tie then came down to the mixed doubles, with the Americans prevailing in the Match Tie-break. That result means Australia finished last in Group A, but it has been an unlucky week with the crowd favourites losing all mixed matches in the Match Tie-break.

Labamba
01-08-2009, 10:47 PM
Session 10 - Russia 2 d France 1

Dinara Safina d Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-2
Marat Safin lost to Gilles Simon 6-7 (5/7), 3-6
Safina/Safin d Cornet/Simon 6-4, 6-3

Italy 3 d Chinese Taipei 0

Flavia Pennetta d Hsieh Su-Wei 7-5, 6-3
Simone Bolelli d Yen-Hsun Lu 6-0, 6-0 walkover
Pennetta/Bolelli d Hsieh/Lu 6-0, 6-0 walkover

RUSSIA's dream sibling duo of Dinara Safina and Marat Safin defeated France on the last night of qualifying, to advance to the Hyundai Hopman Cup final.

The two rubbers to one victory was enough to see Russia advance to take on the Slovak Republic with Safina and Safin not losing a Tie all week in Perth.

Coming into the last night Session, Russia was far from assured of victory with their opponents France, and Italy, also an outside chance who was taking on Chinese Taipei.

The Italian's chances grew further when Flavia Pennetta beat Su-Wei Hsieh 7-5, 6-3 and were handed the rest of the Tie 6-0, 6-0 when Chinese Taipei withdrew due to a quad injury to Lu.

After Safina beat France's Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-2 and Simon beat Safin 7-6 (5), 6-3, the result of the final all hinged on the mixed doubles.

To work out the possible result was no easy task, but basically a Russian win by any form would them through; a French straight sets win would see them through and a French three-set win would see Italy into the final.

France made a bright start as well to keep the prospect of a first Cup title alive, but the Russian powerhouses soon took over to win 6-4, 6-3 and give Safin the chance to begin his final year on Tour in perfect fashion.

It was just the result the Safin's were after on their first ever time teaming together, and Marat was delighted to seal the place in the final in the doubles.

"That's why I had to be focused to play a nice game, even though I was a little bit nervous too. They (France) were basically more relaxed and didn’t have any expectations, and then they were on top before we realised what happened," Safin said.

"Then we decided to pick it up and we started to play better. We started to move better, to return better and everything came together well."

Labamba
01-09-2009, 11:03 PM
Final - Slovak Republic 2 d Russia 0

Dominika Cibulkova d Dinara Safina 6-7 (3/7), 6-1, 6-4
Dominik Hrbarty d Marat Safin 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 7-6 (7/3)

AN incredible week of tennis at the Hyundai Hopman Cup has ended with the Slovak Republic winning an amazing final over Russia to become three-time champions.

The win for the Slovak Republic was set up with Dominika Cibulkova beating world No. 3 Russian Dinara Safina for the first time 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-4.

That match lasted 2hrs 28mins and then in a 2hr 32mins battle befitting of the final of one of the best Hyundai Hopman Cups, Dominik Hrbaty beat Marat Safin 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (3).

The win for world No. 19 teenager Cibulkova and veteran Hrbaty follows up the Slovak Republic's win in 1998 and 2005.

Remarkably, the Slovak Republic has now won six straight Ties at Hopman Cups, having also gone through HHCXVII undefeated when Hrbaty won with Daniela Hantuchova.

It makes Hrbaty a dual winner to move into the company of Serena Williams, James Blake and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario.

It was a disappointing result for the Russian team, with the brother-sister team looking to win the Cup on their first, and possibly only, time teaming together. It is Safin's best result still in four visits to Perth though.

In the women's match, Cibulkova earned the first break of the match early in the first set, but Safina broke straight back.

From there, the opening set of the final went to a tie-break where Safina prevailed 7-3 and was handed the deciding point on a Cibulkova double fault.

The second set was a totally different story, with Cibulkova's persistence, fitness and fighting qualities paying off as she wore down the patience of Safina. The Russian couldn't hide her frustration as Cibulkova stunned her to take the set 6-1.

Cibulkova then began the third set with a break of serve and quickly raced to a 5-1 lead to appear on track for the biggest win of her career.

However, Safina has the talent to be world No. 1 and fought back hard to pull it back to 4-5.

However, Cibulkova had one more chance to serve for the match and after surviving a host of break back points; she held on and couldn't have possibly been happier to beat Safina.

It all came down to yet another tussle between good friends, but fierce on-court rivals, Safina and Hrbaty. The pair had met 15 previous times, with Safin leading 8-7 which included a three-set win at Hopman Cup XIII.

The first set between the two veterans was just what you'd expect from two warhorses and went almost an hour. Things went on serve right through the set into a tie-break, and Safin opened up an early lead only for Hrbaty to pull it back to 5-5.

Safin then came up with an incredible shot to win it seven points to five. Hrbaty had connected well after a short Safin shot, but the big Russian chased it down and hit an awesome forehand crosscourt to cleanly beat the Slovak warrior.

In the second set, Hrbaty was able to gain the advantage with a break of serve and held on to win 7-5 and force a deciding third set.

If anyone thought either man would take a backward step in the third, they couldn’t be more wrong as Safin and Hrbaty went toe-to-toe all the way to the tie-break, which would either force a mixed doubles or hand Slovak Republic a third title.

The result went Hrbaty's way as he claimed the set, match and title 7-3 in the tie-break to end a remarkable match, at a Cup which featured the best tennis imaginable.

The result means that from 16 meetings ranging everywhere from Davis Cups, French Opens, Australian Opens and Hopman Cups, Hrbaty and Safin have won eight apiece.

Labamba
01-09-2009, 11:04 PM
great Hopman Cup this year :D

the Domi's were deserving champions :yeah: