Hopman Cup

Poland clinched the mixed-team Hopman Cup event in Perth with a hard-fought victory over the United States, denying Serena Wiliams an historic third overall win in the annual competition. The combined team of Agnieszka Radwanska and Jerzy Janowicz prevailed in the decisive mixed-doubles’ rubber, after the singles’ rubbers had been split between the two teams, one victory apiece.

Williams has endured mixed fortunes in her individual matches this week and once again found her opponent just too good on the day as world number five seed Radwanska closed out the game 6-4 6-7 6-1, running away with the match in the final set after Williams had clawed her way back into it by taking the second set tie-break.

John Isner brought the tie level overall by securing a straight sets success over Janowicz 7-6 6-4 in their singles encounter as befits his higher world ranking, before the mixed-doubles went to the Poles 7-5 6-3.

Chennai Open

Swiss number two Stan Wawrinka will meet the non-seeded qualifier Aljaz Bedene from Slovenia in the final of the Chennai Open, after overcoming the Belgian David Goffin 7-5 6-3 at the semi-finals stage. Bedene surprised the more fancied Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut to edge a close match 3-6 6-3 7-6 on a final set tie-break, after saving match-points against him in the third set. Bedene, ranked 156th in the world, had already beaten two seeds on the way through to the semis when he knocked out Feliciano Lopez and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, in addition to surviving three qualifying rounds.

It has proved to be an amazing week for the Slovenian so far, but he may struggle to contain Wawrinka in the final after a second consecutive three-setter may have drained his energy levels. Wawrinka will be keen to defend the title he won twelve months ago, but will be wary of Bedene after he lost to the same player in the 2013 version of the tournament at the quarter-finals (Bedene lost in the semis that year), indicating the outsider’s liking for this event.

Qatar Open

David Ferrer took the Qatar Open title by beating the Czech Tomas Berdych 6-4 7-5 in Doha. The Spaniard was seeded one place behind his opponent for the tournament but claimed his 22nd career title on the tour, clearly beginning to see the fruits of his partnership with new coach and fellow countryman Francisco Fogues.

Ferrer acknowledged afterwards that he may have been slightly fortunate to win, taking the important points at crucial times during the match. He had the far tougher semi to recover from after an epic three-setter against the giant, veteran Ivo Karlovic who had knocked favourite Novak Djokovic out of the competition in an earlier round, but his powers of recuperation are well-known and he showed few signs of weariness in overcoming Berdych in the final.

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