Serena Williams registers third singles win in Hopman Cup

Perth: American tennis ace Serena Williams on Thursday
defeated Katie Boulter of Britain to register her third consecutive singles victory
in the ongoing Hopman Cup. The 37-year-old swept aside her British opponent 6-1,
7-6 (2) in a clash that lasted 72 minutes. The victory holds a special
significance for the former world number one as she is preparing to make a bid
for a record Grand Slam title in the upcoming Australian Open.

The 23 times
Grand Slam champion started the match on a tentative note and had to toil hard
to strengthen her grip on the match. She, however, gained momentum in the later
stage to record a convincing win. Later, the USA mixed doubles team comprising
Williams and Frances Tiafoe faced a 4 (2)-3, 3 (4)-4, 1-4 defeat at the hands
of British pair Boulter and Cameron Norrie resulting in Britain winning the
tie. Williams’ hopes of lifting the Hopman Cup for the record third time ended
when the team United States were eliminated after losing their opening two ties
against Greece and Switzerland.

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