Russia beats Spain in final of Hopman Cup

Jan 5, 2007 - 4:28 PM PERTH, Australia (Ticker) - Nadia Petrova and Dmitry Tursunov led Russia to its first Hopman Cup title. Spain couldn't even make the mixed doubles match meaningful.

Petrova defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues and Tursonov beat Tommy Robredo in singles matches on Friday. The mixed doubles match is in progress, but has been rendered meaningless in the international dual-gender team event.

Petrova won the first match, 6-0, 6-4, and then Petrova clinched the title for Russia with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Robredo.

Russia (3-1) clinched Group A with a 3-0 dusting of France on Wednesday. Tursunov and Petrova won singles matches before teaming up for a doubles triumph over Jerome Haehnel and Tatiana Golovin.

Spain (2-2) advanced on Thursday with a win over previously unbeaten India.

The tournament was guaranteed a new champion when the United States lost its first two ties and was eliminated from contention.

The Americans (0-3) finished as the only winless team in the event, claiming just three of nine overall matches.

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