Serbia, France claim victory at Hopman Cup

Dec 30, 2007 - 2:59 PM PERTH, Australia (Ticker) -- It wasn't easy, but top-ranked Serbia outlasted No. 8 Chinese Taipei in its first match at the Hopman Cup on Sunday.

The tandem of Jelena Jankovic and Novak Djokovic claimed a 3-0 victory over Chinese Taipei's Su-Wei Hsieh and Yen-Hsun Lu on the second day of action at the eight-team international event.

Both Jankovic and Djokovic captured their singles matches to clinch the win, before posting a thrilling 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (10-8) victory in the mixed double matches to end the day with a perfect record.

The world No. 3, Jankovic quickly found herself trailing, 2-0, in the first set against Hsieh before taking control by winning four straight games.

Jankovic was tied, 2-2, with Hsieh in the second set, but once again rallied, winning three straight games en route to a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

Djokovic, who was hampered by a back injury suffered during the match, needed 75 minutes to claim the first set from Lu.

Despite receiving treatment on his back, Djokovic lost the second set as Lu raced out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back.

However, the world Djokovic - the world's third-ranked player -overcame his injury, racing out to a 3-0 lead in the final set en route to a 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 triumph.

In Sunday's other clash, the fourth-seeded French team of Tatiana Golovin and Arnaud Clement captured a 2-1 win over fifth-seeded Gisela Dulko and Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina.

After splitting singles competition, Golovin and Clement clinched the win in the the deciding mixed doubles match with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph.

This event divides the eight teams into two groups of four. The teams in each group face off in three round-robin matches, which conclude Thursday. The leading teams in each group after round-robin play qualify for Friday's final.

The order of matches in each showdown is the women's singles, the men's singles and the mixed doubles.

First place is $218,000.

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