Katie Boulter leads Great Britain to mixed-doubles victory against Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe
They won their Hopman Cup campaign with a 2-1 win against the United States
Katie Boulter and Cameron Norrie won the deciding mixed-doubles rubber
Norrie beat Frances Tiafoe but Serena Williams overcame Boulter in singles
Press Association Reporter
07:48, 3 January 2019
12:16, 3 January 2019
Great Britain ended their Hopman Cup campaign with a 2-1 victory over the United States in Perth.
Katie Boulter and Cameron Norrie saw off 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and world No 39 Frances Tiafoe 2-1 thanks to a victory in the deciding mixed-doubles rubber.
Norrie, 90th in the rankings, earlier beat Tiafoe 7-6 (4), 6-0 but Williams levelled the contest by seeing off Boulter 6-1, 7-6 (2).
Katie Boulter and Cameron Norrie won their mixed doubles match at the Hopman Cup
Serena Williams was on the other side, representing the United States, against the British pair
However, Williams and Frances Tiafoe eventually lost to Britain in the mixed doubles
In the decider, the American duo took the first set on a tie-break but Boulter and Norrie responded to win 3-4 (2), 4-3 (4), 4-1.
The British pairing finished their Group B campaign with two wins and a defeat but did not do enough to progress to the final.
‘She’s a champion so to actually share the court with her is such a privilege,’ Boulter, 22, said.
Boulter said it had been a privilege to share a court with a champion like Williams
The Americans finished bottom of the group after suffering three defeats in Perth
The Americans finished bottom of the group after suffering three defeats, but Williams – who won all three of her singles matches – felt the preparation was key to her Australian Open hopes.
‘It was perfect – it’s just like this in Melbourne,’ she said, according to the Hopman Cup’s website.
‘It’s the exact same sun and it gives me so many problems. After you serve, you are blind for the next two points.
‘It was good to play three singles matches here, not to mention the mixed doubles.’
Williams said that her time at the Hopman Cup was good preparation for the Australian Open
Boulter returns the ball during Thursday morning’s action at the RAC Arena in Perth
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