Williams retires against Wolfe

United States woes continued at the Hopman Cup on Tuesday, after Serena Williams retired during her match against Australia’s Jarmila Wolfe.

Williams had already withdrawn from her opening match of the tournament, after she sustained a knee injury earlier this week.

However, she was given the all clear to compete on Tuesday and within the first set it became apparent that she would struggled to compete.

Wolfe won the first set in 42 gruelling minutes and Williams could only compete for 18 minutes in the second stanza, before calling it a day at 2-1 down. The Australian drew first blood in the match when she broke Williams in the very first game.

However, the most critical game of that fixture was contested when the scores were at 5-5, with Williams serving. The world number one encountered two break points, in that game, where she initially had control proceedings. While she showed tremendous fight, she could not save herself.

Wolfe did not waste her opportunity and served out for the set with considerable aplomb.

Earlier in the day, the Czech Republic slumped to a 1-2 defeat against the Ukraine in their Hopman Cup fixture. Karolina Pliskova was thoroughly outplayed in her rubber against Elina Svitolina, who beat her 7-5, 6-2, while the big serving Alexandr Dolgopolov overcame Czech giant Jiri Vesely 7-5, 7-6 (3) to secure the result for the Ukraine.

The result in the doubles rubber was ultimately of little consequence on the day. The win has consolidated the Ukraine’s position at the top of the Group A standings.

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