Czech Republic win Hopman Cup

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych had straight-set victories over France on Saturday to give the Czech Republic its second Hopman Cup title.

Kvitova won the last three games of the first set and went on to beat Marion Bartoli 7-5, 6-1 while Berdych was perfect in a first-set tiebreaker and beat Richard Gasquet 7-6 (0), 6-4.

The Czechs won the eight-country mixed teams title for the first time in 1994 when Jana Novotna and Petr Korda beat Germany in the final.

France has never won the Hopman Cup, although it lost the final in 1998 to Slovakia. France has played 18 times in the 24-year history of the tournament.


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