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Kerber & Zverev lead Germany passed Canada at Hopman Cup

Jan 03, 2018
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Genie Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil returned to Hopman Cup action on Wednesday against Team Germany.

Bouchard took on two-time Major champion Angelique Kerber in the first match of the day. Bouchard led their head-to-head record 4-2 coming into this encounter but was unable to capitalize on past successes against the German.

The former world no. 1 came out firing and at one point went on an eight-game tear. It was an inspired performance by Kerber which resembled the form that saw her win two Major titles in 2016.

Kerber earned her first win over Bouchard since the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 6-1, 6-3 in just under an hour to give Germany a 1-0 lead over Canada.

Vasek Pospisil took on 2017 Rogers Cup champion and two-time Masters 1000 champ Alexander Zverev in the following match. World no. 4 Zverev proved just too solid for Pospisil. The German teenager handedly earned Germany their second win of the day with a 6-4, 6-2 victory.

With the result already going in favour of the Germans, both sides brought their fun competitiveness to the mixed doubles match. Kerber/Zverev would take that as well, 4-3(2), 4-3(2).

Following the sweep on Wednesday, Bouchard and Pospisil hold a combined 1-5 win-loss record heading into their final encounter of the week against Belgium. They will face Elise Mertens and David Goffin on Friday, January 5.