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France edge China in Hopman Cup opener

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Updated: December 31, 2011, 2:55 PM IST
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France edge China in Hopman Cup opener
Marion Bartoli and Richard Gasquet beat Li Na and Wu Di 6-1, 6-1 in mixed doubles.

Perth: Marion Bartoli and Richard Gasquet beat Li Na and Wu Di 6-1, 6-1 in mixed doubles on Saturday to give France a 2-1 victory over China in the opening match at the eight-country Hopman Cup.

French Open champion Li had beaten Bartoli 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the first singles match at the Burswood Dome, and Gasquet tied it up topping Wu 6-1, 6-3.

Bartoli broke Li's serve in the fifth game of the final set to take a 3-2 lead, but Li broke back to level the set at 4 and took the match by breaking in the final game. Wu double-faulted on match point.

On Sunday, Australia will face Spain. On Monday, the United States will meet Denmark, and the Czech Republic will face Bulgaria.

First Published: December 31, 2011, 2:55 PM IST
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