Tennis Perth Serena Williams overcomes ankle concern at Hopman Cup

Tennis Perth Serena Williams overcomes ankle concern at Hopman Cup

Williams then overcame a case of the first-set wobbles to post a 4-6 6-4 6-3 win over Belinda Bencic, levelling the tie.

In truth, Serena was not given the chance to show much of the doubles prowess that has seen her win 16 grand slam titles in that discipline on top of her 23 in singles.

Federer and playing partner Belinda Bencic overcame Williams and Frances Tiafoe in the Fast4 format as Switzerland beat the USA 2-1 in front of a 14,000 capacity crowd.

Williams grabbed at her right shoulder on several occasions late in the second set but played down any injury concern.

However, even a rare defeat couldn't take the gloss off the experience of facing Federer for the first, and nearly certainly the only, time.

Williams beat its far younger opponent even though the 37-year-old required medical attention during the match and had both of her ankles strapped.

"What a thrill it is to play Serena here tonight", he told the crowd in Perth. Serena, what a pleasure, what an honour.

Following on from that Serena is set to make her long-awaited return to the Australian Open in mid-January, after sitting out the tournament past year to recover from giving birth.

"I'm kind of sad it's over", Serena said, with Federer next to her in a joint interview before they took a "GOAT selfie" together.

Frances Tiafoe and Serena Williams took on Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic at the Hopman Cup
Image Frances Tiafoe and Williams took on Federer and Belinda Bencic at the Hopman Cup

The pair took selfies after the matchup and posed for photos for the fans.

Earlier, in the men's singles at the mixed team event, Federer dispatched Frances Tiafoe, 6-4, 6-1.

And Williams has expressed her amazement at how Federer copes with two sets of twins.

Federer felt he handled Tiafoe's power game well.

As he spoke on court, Federer was already looking forward to the next match. "I mean she's equal to me....so from that standpoint, its just really once the movement comes into play that the difference- it becomes bigger", said the Swiss.

"It's about staying fit and healthy and managing the game day by day".

The mutual appreciation continued when Williams was asked to assess the abilities of her opposite number, having just faced him on court for the first time.

It was an exhibition match and while the two didn't take it lightly, it's clear they had a ton of fun while representing their countries.

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