PERTH, Australia (AP) Roger Federer will return to partner Belinda Bencic for Switzerland at the Hopman Cup, while Japan will make its first appearance in 16 years at the international mixed team event.
After the last Hopman Cup, Federer went on to win the Australian Open and Wimbledon, his 18th and 19th Grand Slam singles titles.
Two-time Grand Slam singles Angelique Kerber will represent Germany with ATP No. 4 Alexander Zverev, tournament officials said Wednesday.
Yuichi Sugita and Naomi Osaka will play for Japan, while Australia will be represented by Daria Gavrilova and Thanasi Kokkinakis.
The other teams in Dec. 30-Jan. 6 event at Perth Arena are: the United States: Jack Sock and CoCo Vandeweghe; Russia: Svetlana Kuznetsova and Karen Khachanov; Belgium: David Goffin and Elise Mertens; and Canada: Eugenie Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil.
STANFORD, Calif. — Maria Sharapova played her first WTA match in the United States since 2015 and beat Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 on Monday night in the opening round of the Bank of the West Classic.
Sharapova, a wild-card entrant and five-time Grand Slam champion, won the opening four games of the match, lost the first three of the second set and cruised in the third.
“I feel like I just want to hug everyone and say thank you,” Sharapova said in an on-court interview. “It’s my first match in the States in a really long time, and it’s the closest thing to home for me.”
Sharapova served a 15-month ban after testing positive for a newly banned drug at the 2016 Australian Open. She returned in April and played in three tournaments, but missed Wimbledon because of an injury.
Top-seeded and reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza will play 17-year-old American Kayla Day, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Japanese veteran Misaki Doi.
Ana Konjuh, the No. 5 seed from Croatia, won 6-3, 1-0 after New Zealand qualifier Marina Erakovic retired from the match with an injury. Seventh-seeded Lesia Tsurenko beat Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena 6-3, 6-3.
Andy Murray may have lost Wednesday at Wimbledon in the quarterfinals to Sam Querrey, but he definitely won the post-match press conference.
When a reporter started phrasing a question to Murray by claiming that Querrey was “the first U.S. player to reach a major semifinal since 2009,” Murray quickly interrupted with “male player.”
Several American women’s tennis players have reached the semifinals of major tournaments in recent years, most notably Serena Williams, who has won 12 major titles since 2009. Serena’s sister, Venus, will play in the semifinal at Wimbledon on Thursday, in addition to making it to the final at the Australian Open earlier this year. Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys have also made semis in the last three years.
Murray’s interruption drew widespread praise on social media, including from his mother.
The reporter was quick to correct himself and let out a chuckle. But Murray, for his part, remained unamused.