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 Friday, 3 January, 2003, 09:56 GMT
USA claim decisive doubles win
Serena Williams and James Blacke celebrate making the final of the Hopman Cup as Belgium's defeated Xavier Malisse looks on
Williams and Blake celebrate their win

The USA duo of Serena Williams and James Blake were made to work hard before eventually seeing off their Belgian opponents to win their Hopman Cup tie 2-1.

The pair got the better of Kim Clijsters and Xavier Malisse 7-6 3-6 10-5 with the deciding set going to a super tiebreaker on Friday.

They will now face hosts Australia in the final.

Williams got the USA off to a winning start with a revenge victory over Clijsters - the Belgian scored a surprise win over the world number one in last year's season-ending WTA Championships.

But Malisse hit back by winning the men's singles against Blake to square the match and set up the decisive doubles match.

And although the world number one wiped the slate clean in straight sets in Perth, she had to work for her 7-5 6-3 victory.

I stepped it up a bit today

Serena Williams

Williams raced to a 3-0 lead in the opening set, breaking her opponent in the first and third games.

But Clijsters fought back resolutely, breaking serve in the fourth and sixth games to level at 3-3 and then going on to lead 4-3.

Fortunes continued to fluctuate until Williams broke Clijsters for the fourth time to lead 6-5 and then served out the set after an engrossing 41 minutes.

The second set was more one-sided as Williams reeled off the first four games and then cruised to victory in little more than an hour.

The American was clearly pleased to reassert her authority over Clijsters, having this week attributed her Los Angeles defeat solely to tiredness.

"I stepped it up a bit today," Williams said afterwards.

Malisse put Belgium back in the match before the doubles with a 7-6 (8/6) 6-2 victory over Blake.

Malisse took the first set in a tight tiebreak and then snatched four games in succession to take the second and the match.

"I felt very good and did not make many unnecessary errors," he said. "It has been a great battle."


Hopman Cup latest scores:

USA 2-1 Belgium (US names first)
Serena Williams beat Kim Clijsters 7-5 6-3
James Blake lost to Xavier Malisse 6-7 (6-8) 2-6
Williams/Blake beat Clijsters/Malisse 7-6 (8/6) 3-6 10-5 (super tiebreaker)

Uzbekistan 1-1 Spain (Uzbek names first)
Iroda Tulyaganova beat Virginia Ruano Pascual 7-6 (8/6) 6-0
Oleg Ogorodov lost to Tommy Robredo 0-6 4-6

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