Russia beats Japan at Hopman Cup in blended pairs decider

PERTH, Australia — Karen Khachanov and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Yuichi Sugita and Naomi Osaka 4-1, 4-0 out of a Fast4 blended duplicates decider Thursday to give Russia a 2-1 triumph over Japan at the Hopman Cup.

The Russian group exploited various unforced blunders by Sugita and Osaka in the Fast4 organize, which incorporates four-diversion sets, five-point sudden death rounds, no favorable position and no let scoring.

In prior singles matches, Khachanov beat Sugita 6-4, 6-2 after Osaka defeated disease to beat fifteenth positioned Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5).

Neither one of the teams could have fit the bill for the last on Saturday from Group B. Later Thursday, the Roger Federer-drove Switzerland was playing the United States, with the champ progressing to the last.

After not having the capacity to play at all against the U.S. on Tuesday, Osaka required help from a specialist amid the second set Thursday yet could keep on beating the Russian player.

“I simply feel like to play like that against somebody so well, and not be 100 percent and still win, I ought to be glad for myself,” Osaka said.

Pavlyuchenkova leaves Perth without a singles triumph. The 2017 Australian Open quarterfinalist additionally lost to Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic and afterward CoCo Vandeweghe of the U.S.

Germany, 2-0 in Group A, requirements to win its match on Friday against Australia to progress to the last.

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