USA Pair too strong for Ana and Novak

USA Pair too strong for Ana and Novak

The powerful American doubles combination of Lisa Raymond and Taylor Dent notched an impressive first-up victory in the $1-million ITF mixed teams championship when they downed newcomers Serbia & Montenegro two rubbers to one at Perth’s Burswood Dome.

After the singles had been split, with Serbia’s rising young star Ana Ivanovic beating Raymond and Dent levelling up with a similarly-impressive win over Novak Djokovic, the mixed doubles went USA’s way,7-6 (7/3), 6-2.

The singles saw two impressive sides to two teams of Hopman Cup newcomers, with Ivanovic, who has risen to 16 in the world, playing well to lead 6-2 and 4-1 against Raymond, with two services for the match. But she faltered a little with nerves in her first match before composing herself to claim the second set 6-4.