Sunday, December 30, 2007

Hyundai Hopman Cup 2008 Results

gisela dulko juan ignacio chela
Hyundai Hopman Cup 2008 Session 4 - France 2 d Argentina 1

This article is from the Hyundai Hopman Cup Official Website

Fourth seeds France capitalised on the doubles skill of Arnaud Clement to win the mixed and claim victory over Argentina.
France won 6-3, 6-2 after Tatiana Golovin had downed Gisela Dulko and Juan Ignacio Chela levelled the match with victory over Clement.
The deciding doubles saw Clement at his classic best, covering enormous territory and smashing consistent winners.

The women’s singles resulted in Golovin beating Dulko 6-4, 6-3 in a match that lasted 78 minutes. It was a contest of service break opportunities, with Golovin making the most of the situation to convert four of her six chances, compared to Dulko, who had 10 break points, but only produced winning shots twice.

Each set saw two early breaks of service by each player and it was left to the end of each set for Golovin to gain the winning break.

“It’s the first match and really hard to get a rhythm,” said Golovin after her victory. “But we have two days to recover now so hopefully we’ll be ready for Jelena (Jankovic) and Novak (Djokovic) and then we’ll have another great match.”

The men’s singles was of a similar time-frame, with Chela needing 74 minutes to down Clement 6-3, 6-1, with the Frenchman coming in as a late replacement for the injured Gael Monofils.

Clement, who is better known as a doubles player, sharing the 2007 Wimbledon title with compatriot Michael Llodra, had difficulty breaking Chela’s service, gaining five break points, but was unable to clinch any. Conversely, Chela converted four of six break opportunities.

Unforced errors also hurt Clement, with a total of 35, compared to just 16.

“I’m really happy, I played a big match and I’m very happy with my first time here,” said Chela.

His partner will now have two days rest to overcome a leg ailment that slowed her movement. But she is confident of being in better shape for their Wednesday clash with Chinese Taipei.

All Sessions of the Hyundai Hopman Cup:

Session 4 - France 2 d Argentina 1

Tatiana Golovin d Gisela Dulko 6-4, 6-3

Arnaud Clement lost to Juan Ignacio Chela 3-6, 1-6

Golovin/Clement d Dulko/Chela 6-3, 6-2

Session 3 - Serbia 3 d Chinese Taipei 0

Jelena Jankovic d Su-Wei Hsieh 6-4, 6-4

Novak Djokovic d Yen-Hsun Lu 7-5, 2-6, 6-3

Jankovic/Djokovic d Hsieh/Lu 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(10/8)

Session 2 - Australia 2 d Czech Republic 1

Alicia Molik d Lucie Safarova 7-5, 6-2

Peter Luczak lost to Tomas Berdych 6-7(7/9), 4-6

Molik/Luczak d Safarova/Berdych 7-5, 6-3

Session 1 - USA 2 d India 1

Meghann Shaughnessy d Sania Mirza 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Mardy Fish d Rohan Bopanna 6-2, 6-4

Shaughnessy/Fish lost to Mirza/Bopanna 4-6, 4-6


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