Hopman Cup 2019-19: Former world No. 1 Serena Williams earned a solitary victory for the United States against Greece in the Group B women’s match at the Hopman Cup tennis tournament on Monday. Also Read - ATP Finals 2020: Rafael Nadal Starts Campaign With Easy Win Over Andrey Rublev

Williams prevailed 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 over 23-year-old Maria Sakkari after one hour and 44 minutes, collecting 13 aces and forcing her Greek opponent to commit 10 double faults. Also Read - French Open 2020 Results: Novak Djokovic Beats Stefanos Tsitsipas in Intense Five-setter, Sets Blockbuster Title Clash vs Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros on Sunday

“It’s great to be back out in match day, and it’s great to be back out here,” Williams said.

“I love playing in Australia. Some of my best memories are here.

“It was my first match back (today), she played unbelievable. Maria is super young and such a good player.

“I was making a lot of errors. I was like, ‘It’s ok, it’s your first match and you’ll get better’. I just kept trying to think that.”

Her win leveled the match between the US and Greece at 1-1. But, Greece’s rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas battled a 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3 win over the US’ Francis Tiafoe in the men’s duel that lasted two hours and 15 minutes, which gave a lead to Greece.

The Greek pair, Sakkari and Tsitsipas, defeated the US Williams and Tiafoe duo 4-1, 1-4, 4-2 in the mixed double encounter, after just 53 minutes, securing a 2-1 advantage for the European team.
(With IANS Inputs)