Great Britain produced a shock result in Australia, With Katie Boulter and Cameron Norrie winning the Mixed Doubles event and defeating the USA 2-1 in their Hopman Cup match up in Perth earlier today.
The british duo went into the mixed doubles even with Norrie beating the USA’s Frances Tiafoe before Serena Williams levelled the match beating Boulter. The quartet then met in the mixed doubles match with the Brits having to fight back to win the game 3-4 (2-5) 4-3 (5-4) 4-1.
The day started well when Norrie who is ranked 90 in the world claimed victory in two straight sets over is American opponent who is ranked 51 places above him in the current rankings 7-6 (7-4) 6-0. However, despite butting up a brave fight against the former world number one Williams, Brit Katie Boulter who is ranked just inside the top 100 at 97th in the world couldn’t pull off a shock win over the 23 times Grand Slam champion going down 6-1 7-6 (7-2)
Unfortunately, it was too late to secure a place in the final with to wins and a defeat in Group B as defending champions Switzerland, who are led by World number one Rodger Federer have already successfully booked their place at the top of Group B when they defeated USA earlier this week.
Speaking after the win 22 year old Boulter was full of praise for Williams saying;
“She's a champion so to actually share the court with her is such a privilege.”
The victory will set the british pair in good stead and provide a much-needed confidence boost ahead of the upcoming Australian Open which starts on January 14th.
The day didn’t go so well for the other British tennis players currently in Australia as former World number one Andy Murray suffered defeat in his latest comeback from hip surgery as he was completely out played by Russian Daniil Medvedev in the second round of the Brisbane International.
The three time grand slam winner Murray has dropped to 240th in the World rankings following 18 months of injury which has allowed him to play only 6 tournaments in the whole of 2018 having undergone surgery following his last minute withdraw from the Australian Open this time last year.
After stepping away from the limelight in September to continue his recovery his latest attempt at a come back had started well with an easy win over Australian Wildcard in the opening round, however he was no match on the day for his higher ranked opponent.
Speaking after the game he spoke to the press saying;
“When you play better players, they will expose any errors that you make in your game or any shots that you're not hitting particularly well. And he did that,”
It is unknown if Murray will except the offer of a wildcard invitation for next weeks Sydney international before the Australian Open which is the first Grand Slam event of the year.