first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe of the United States smile during their mixed doubles match against Stefanos Tsitsipass and Maria Sakkari of Greece at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)Serena Williams ensured her first ever on-court meeting with Roger Federer would have a competitive edge as she fought back on Tuesday to win her singles in the Hopman Cup.Williams dropped the first set but recovered to beat Federer’s Swiss team-mate Belinda Bencic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “What a thrill it is to play Serena here tonight,” he told the crowd. The mixed doubles are contested in a short-set format with tiebreaks at 3-3 but that still means two matches in a day for the four players. “I’ll stay on the bike and keep the engine on,” Federer said.“I had a really late night last night on New Year’s Eve,” he said, adding after a pause: “No I’m joking.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “It was a definitely a relief,” Williams said. “She played really well. I knew I could play better.”“It’s super exciting,” Williams said, looking ahead to her meeting with Federer later in the day. “I just feel honoured to be on the same court as him.”“He has had a fantastic career and it’s not done yet. We are the exact same age and anything he’s done I want to do.” “We have been there since the Nineties. Regardless of what happens, this is a moment I will always cherish.”In the early match, Tiafoe stayed with Federer until the tenth game when the Swiss broke to win the first set. From there Federer cruised to victory. ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college That tied the scores in the mixed team event at 1-1 with just the doubles to come. The match will be the first time the two 37-year-olds, who have with 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them, face each other. Earlier, in the men’s singles at the mixed team event, Federer dispatched Frances Tiafoe, 6-4, 6-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissOnly the group winners advance to the final, so the closing doubles could ultimately decide the winner of a group that also contains Greece and Britain. Federer and Bencic are the defending champions.Williams led 4-1 in the first set before Bencic fought back to win the next five games. After that slip, Williams took the next two sets. View comments Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome target Tour de France in 2019last_img

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