The semifinals of the United Cup, a mixed national competition planned by the ATP and WTA as the first tournament of the 2023 season, have been confirmed.
The six countries that ranked first in the group stage advanced to the finals in Sydney, Perth, and Brisbane, and the United States, Greece, and Poland defeated England, Croatia, and Italy, respectively, to advance to the semifinals. Italy joined the team after recording the best performance among the second-place teams.
USA’s Frances Tiafoe (No. 19) won her fourth singles match, making the match score 3-1 and securing her first place in the semifinals. After a close match with Britain’s Daniel Evans (27th) to the 3rd set, he came from behind to win 3-6 7-5 6-3. US ace Taylor Fritz (#9) lost to Cameron Norrie (#14), but Madison Keith (#11) and Jessica Pegula (#3) defeated Katie Swan (#145) and Harriet Dart (#98), and Tiafoe won The match was over.
Both Greece and Poland were victorious after going all the way to the final mixed doubles match. Stefanos Tsitsipas (4th) and Maria Sakari (6th) of Greece, who were favorites for the championship, defeated Borna Chorici (26th) and Petra Matic (38th), respectively, to win the men’s and women’s singles, but Stefanos Sakellari Dis (803rd) and Despina Papamichael (163rd) were defeated, making the match score 2-2. The one-two punch Tsitsipas and Sakari played the final mixed doubles pair, defeating the Borna Gozo-Petra Matic pair 7-6(6) 6-4 to advance to the semifinals.
Tsitsipas and Sakari, who played as a pair at the 2019 Hopman Cup in Perth, once again worked together through this victory. “We know each other really well and have great chemistry on the court. I think that’s the key. Of course, the more we develop as players, the better we become and it will make us play even better in mixed doubles.” 스포츠토토
Poland lost the men’s match against Italy, with Hubert Hurkatz (10th) and Daniel Michalski (260th) losing to Matteo Berretini (16th) and Lorenzo Musetti (23rd), respectively, but ranked first in the women’s world. Wii Ga Sibiong Tech and Magda Linenette (48th) played an active role and won two victories. In the 5-match mixed doubles match, Hurkatz and Sibiontech perfectly defeated Lorenzo Musetti and Camilla Rosatello 6-1 6-2 to win the final match and face the United States in the semifinals.
In an interview after the match, Sibiong Tech said, “Honestly, it’s amazing. I don’t know I think winning as a team is better than winning personally. I am very happy that we did it together and that the team effort is definitely paying off.”
Although Italy lost to Poland, they will face Greece, who advanced to the semi-finals with the best performance among the second-place teams. Athletes from each country will take a day off on the 5th and then play the semi-finals in Sydney on the 6th and 7th.