Spain opens Hopman Cup by beating South Africa



PERTH, Australia (AP) — Spain clinched a 2-1 victory over South Africa in the Hopman Cup team tennis tournament Saturday after winning the mixed doubles 6-4, 6-7 (3), 10-8.

Kevin Anderson had given South Africa the lead by beating Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (5), 6-4, before Annabel Medina Garrigues leveled the contest with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Chanelle Scheepers. The Spanish duo then outlasted the South Africans in the Champions tiebreaker of the doubles match.

In a night match Saturday, Australia’s pairing of Bernard Tomic and Ashleigh Barty was to take on Tommy Haas and Andrea Petkovic of Germany.