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Williams wins Hopman Cup opener for US
Venus Williams in action in perth. Pic: Getty Images

UPDATE: The USA have emerged victorious in their opening Hopman Cup tie at Perth Arena today, defeating South Africa 2-1.

John Isner and Venus Williams went into the mixed-doubles decider determined to prove their worth as second-seeds, eventually proving too good for Kevin Anderson and Chanelle Scheepers.

Williams’ tenacity combined with Isner’s serving prowess saw them take the deciding rubber 6-3 6-2.

After a strong start to the tie by Williams, South Africa’s Anderson stunned the favourites with a grinding win over world No.14 Isner.

Anderson, 203cm, went toe-to-toe with the 206cm American all match before stepping up his game in the tiebreakers to run out with a 7-6 (7-0) 7-6 (7-5) win.

Neither managed to break the other’s serve as the Perth Arena crowd lapped up the closest match seen at the tournament so far this year.

Earlier Williams shrugged off a challenge by Scheepers to record a 4-6 6-2 6-3 win and give second-seed USA the perfect start to the tie.

After losing the first set, Williams rallied but said it certainly took some getting used to the hot Perth conditions.

The West Australian

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