German Duo Zverev and Kerber Shine Despite Tough Losses – United Cup Update

2024-01-01 13:53:00

Previously, Zverev had defeated Adrian Mannarino 4:6, 6:4, 6:3, Kerber lost 6:1, 2:6, 2:6 once morest Garcia.

On Saturday, the German team defeated Italy 2-1 and can therefore still hope to advance despite the defeat once morest France. The decision will be made in the coming days – the quarter-finals will take place from Thursday.

As was the case two days before, Zverev and Kerber harmonized well in the unusual doubles, and a balanced game developed at a high level.

The experienced doubles specialist Roger-Vasselin turned up the heat towards the end of the first round and gave the French the lead in the set. Germany then dominated the second set, but France retained the upper hand in the match tiebreak despite a German match point.

Zverev wrestles Mannarino down

Despite leading the set in the second singles, Kerber had suffered his second defeat following a year and a half of maternity leave. She found her way into the game strongly and won the first set following just 24 minutes. But then the world rankings 20th. Garcia and pushed her opponent onto the defensive with aggressive attacking play. Kerber, who gave birth to her daughter Liana in February, seemed to run out of strength at the end – following 1:32 hours she had to admit defeat.

Zverev also had to fight hard in his victory over Mannarino, once morest whom he had previously won all eight duels. “It was an incredible match from Adrian, he had me on the ropes in the first one and a half sets,” said Zverev. After a bad start, he finally took his opponent’s serve in the crucial moments and marched to victory.

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The United Cup will be held for the second time as a season opener and preparation for the Australian Open. 18 national teams are competing in the mixed nations tournament in Perth and Sydney. The first in each of the six groups of three as well as the two best runners-up in the preliminary round qualify for the quarter-finals of the ten million dollar tournament.

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