Australia beat France in Hopman Cup opener


Ashleigh Barty and Matthew Ebden both won their singles matches against France to give Australia a winning start to their Hopman Cup campaign.

Barty opened proceedings in the evening at RAC Arena in Perth with a straight sets win over Alize Cornet.

Cornet, who won the mixed-teams tournament with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2014, was under pressure from the 22-year-old world No.15 at regular intervals before Barty claimed the match 7-5 6-3.

Ebden then secured the match for Australia by defeating world No. 32 Lucas Pouille.

The 31-year-old underdog had to come back from a set down and survived a tight second set tie-breaker to win 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2.

France won the dead mixed doubles rubber leaving the final score 2-1 to Australia.

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