Kvitova downs world number three Pegula but US win United Cup tie

SYDNEY, Dec 30 ― Petra Kvitova upset earth number a few Jessica Pegula Friday, but the United States however gained their United Cup tie from the Czech Republic in Sydney.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova clinched a thriller, preserving seven established factors in the 1st set prior to profitable 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 at the Ken Rosewall Arena.

Right after the People received the opening two rubbers on Thursday, Kvitova’s victory gave her region hope in the inaugural tournament, which attributes two men’s and two women’s singles matches along with a blended doubles.

But the US clinched the tie when Tomas Machac wounded his ankle versus 19th-ranked Francis Tiafoe and was pressured to retire harm even though down 6-3, 2-4.

Kvitova, rated 16, seemed again to her very best from Pegula, who burst into the major 10 in 2022 by successful the WTA 1000 tournament in Guadalajara for the major title of her career.

Soon after a topsy-turvy 1st set that could have gone either way, she obtained a double break at the start off of the 2nd established and whilst the American got 1 back, Kvitova was ready to maintain on and choose the match in two hrs.

Tiafoe, a US Open up semi-finalist this calendar year, commenced brilliantly in opposition to Machac, racing by means of the 1st set with relative relieve.

Machac fought back again in the next and was a break up ahead of rolling his ankle and retiring.

“He picked up his activity and broke me 2 times ― I was a small sloppy there,” Tiafoe explained.

“At 3-2 he performed a excellent video game to break me and we were being in the midst of a fight in that 4-2 match.

“Unfortunately that transpired ― you don’t want to see that and I hope he’ll be all superior for the Australian Open up.”

The Czech Republic will encounter Alexander Zverev’s Germany on Saturday although the US have two times off right before they shut out group participate in towards the Germans.

Italy wrapped up their tie versus Brazil when they received both singles matches in Brisbane, with the event staying played throughout three metropolitan areas.

Matteo Berrettini downed Thiago Monteiro in a gruelling clash 6-4, 7-6 (9/7) prior to Lucia Bronzetti noticed off an outclassed Laura Pigossi 6-, 6-2.

Brazil face Norway on the weekend whilst Italy acquire on the Norwegians on Monday and Tuesday.

In Perth, earth number six Maria Sakkari gave Greece an unassailable 3- direct more than Bulgaria when she defeat Viktoriya Tomova 6-3, 6-2.

“I was a minimal nervous in the beginning, specifically getting 2- up in the tie I realized my match was essential in profitable the tie,” stated Sakkari. “She was quite sound, but I found my video game and acquired far better.”

Her teammates Stefanos Tsitsipas and Despina Papamichail gained their matches on Thursday. ― AFP