Isner and Venus Power U.S. Over France at Hopman Cup

The U.S. rallied past France 2-1 on Tuesday at the Hopman Cup, as the mixed-doubles team of John Isner and Venus Williams captured the decisive mixed-doubles match to win a second straight series
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The U.S. rallied past France 2-1 on Tuesday at the Hopman Cup, as the mixed-doubles team of John Isner and Venus Williams captured the decisive mixed-doubles match to win a second straight series. France won the opening singles match when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overwhelmed Isner 6-3, 6-2. Venus then tied it after trailing by a set and 4-1 to defeat Mathilde Johansson 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. The Americans won the mixed-doubles 6-7(5), 6-2 10-8 by taking six of the last seven points in the match tie-breaker. The U.S., which defeated South Africa in its opening series, next plays Spain.

Tsonga gave up just seven points on serve and committed only four unforced errors against 21 from Isner to win easily.

"It's never easy against John usually, so I'm really happy with the way I played today," said Tsonga. "It's a really good start for 2013 and I hope I will have some more like this. I was a bit quicker on court than before so I think it's a good sign for the rest of the competition and for Melbourne."

Isner's right knee was wrapped due to slight tendinitis. He said he was not concerned at losing both his singles so far at the Hopman Cup.

"Normally, it takes me a while to get going,'' said Isner. ''I'm not worried about it though. I remember three years ago when I first played this event I didn't play so well here but I won the next tournament. It certainly wasn't my best. I was missing shots I would have liked to have made. I'm not freaking out about it."