The French team of Kristina Mladenovic and Richard Gasquet have snatched the Hopman Cup from the American team of Coco Vandeweghe and Jack Sock in the final in Perth.
France’s only previous victory at Perth’s $1 million mixed team event came in 2014. Moreover, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Alize Cornet beat Poland’s Grzegorz Panfil and Agnieszka Radwanska 2-1 in the decider to win that tournament.
Richard Gasquet gave France an early lead when he took out the American Jack Sock 6-3 5-7 7-6 (8-6) in 150 minutes match.
The world No. 18 Gasquet, started the game aggressively, breaking the Sock’s serve in the fifth and ninth games of the first set.
The 30-year-old showed great agility in every corner of the clay court. Further, he chased down balls near the baseline early in the match twice to hit winners after appearing stranded at the net.
Team USA leveled the Hopman Cup final with Coco Vandeweghe’s straight sets victory over Kristina Mladenovic in the women’s single.
The American Girl edged past Mladenovic 6-4 7-5 in 97 minutes match to keep the tournament decider alive.
Moreover, Vandeweghe thundered down nine aces, five more than her French contender.
25-year-old American had a good run as she won three of her four singles matches over the event.
After American Coco Vandeweghe’s win in the women’s single it all came down to the deciding doubles match.
The French duo Gasquet and Mladenovic gave it all to put an end to the American express. They took 4-1 4-3 (5-0) victory to take away the Hopman Cup 2017.
This is how the French team beat the Swiss team ( although Roger Federer had a world class win) in the semifinal: