Serena Williams marked her return to aggressive movement with a singles win Monday on the Hopman Cup, but the United States nonetheless misplaced to Greece.
Williams, who carried out in an exhibition match with sister Venus in Abu Dhabi remaining week having not beforehand carried out since her U’S’ Open final loss in September, battled to a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 win over Maria Sakkari in Perth, Australia.
Yet it was Greece that obtained the match as Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Frances Tiafoe, 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, sooner than teaming with Sakkari for a doubles win.
Tsitsipas and Sakkari beat Tiafoe and Williams, 4-1, 1-4, 4-2, securing a Group B win for his or her nation.
Strong start to the season for @serenawilliams.
The good champion delivered 13 aces, 29 winners and a straight-sets victory in one hour and 44 minutes. #HopmanCup pic.twitter.com/RKycbYfDIP
— Hopman Cup (@hopmancup) December 31, 2018
Williams, 37, acknowledged she had rather a lot to reinforce on following her singles triumph.
“It’s great to be back out here. I love playing in Australia. Some of my best memories are here,” the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion talked about. “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.”
Next up for Williams and Tiafoe is a battle Tuesday in opposition to the Swiss pair of Belinda Bencic and Roger Federer.