Greece beats the United States on Serena Williams's return

Greece beats the United States on Serena Williams's return

Greece beats the United States on Serena Williams's return

6-2 over 23-year-old Maria Sakkari after one hour and 44 minutes, collecting 13 aces and forcing her Greek opponent to commit 10 double faults.

Williams defeated Greece's Maria Sakkari on Monday in her first tournament appearance since she lost to Japan's Naomi Osaka in September's controversial U.S. Open Final.

Even though both her ankles were strapped and required medical attention during the change of sets, Williams moved freely and looked sharper as the match wore on.

"It was my first match back (today), she played unbelievable".

"It is very exciting for both of us and I hope a lot of tennis fans tune in and watch it", said Federer after opening his Hopman Cup campaign with an easy singles win on Sunday.

"In the corridors and cafes, walking by each other, sometimes in the past she has asked me how are the kiddies and how is everyone doing, but if I said I know her it would be a bit of an exaggeration".

It was an error-strewn start for Williams, who struggled to land her first serve and was broken in the third game.

But the 23-time grand slam victor wasn't hindered by the inconvenience, snaring two breaks in the second set to wrap up the match in 104 minutes. She broke twice in the second set and closed it out with an ace. This year's Hopman Cup, the 30th edition of the tournament, is ongoing from December 29 to January 5.

The United States will battle Switzerland in a showpiece fixture on Tuesday, which pits Williams against fellow tennis legend Roger Federer in the mixed doubles. "It's only mixed doubles, but still it's like a dream come true for me". It was all Federer from the start of the match, and although it was against a much less potent player, the fact remains that he is still one of the favorites to win the title at the Australian Open.

The match in Perth is expected to be a sellout.

"I've played with some of the greatest doubles players in the world in Martina Navratilova and Martina Hingis, and I've also played against some of the best in Venus [Williams] and other great ones in the past". "It's going to be special".

She was joined at the event by all of the tennis stars competing in the Hopman cut, including a dapper Tiafoe with who she represents the U.S. team.

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