Hopman Cup: Defending champions Spain suffer second straight loss
Last Updated: 30/12/13 11:16am
Sloane Stephens serves her way to victory during Monday's mixed doubles match at the Hopman Cup in Perth
Defending champions Spain suffered a second straight defeat at the Hopman Cup in Perth, losing 3-0 to a strong United States team.
The result all but ends their hopes of reaching the final, following a similar whitewash by the Czech Republic on Saturday.
Against the States, Anabel Medina Garrigues and Daniel Munoz-De La Nava both lost their singles matches in straight sets.
Medina Garrigues was beaten 6-3 6-1 by Sloane Stephens - who won nine of the last 10 games - while Munoz-De La Nava lost 6-3 6-4 to John Isner.
Mixed doubles success
The American pair then sealed a mixed doubles success against the Spanish duo 4-6 6-0 10-4.
So far, Spain has won just one set out of 13 with the United States well placed to secure a seventh Hopman Cup title.
The 20-year-old Stephens, who beat Serena Williams en route to reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open last year, said: "I am really excited to get my first win of the year here, I played really solid.
"It was a little hot so I tried to keep my composure but I'm really happy with the way I played and happy to be back here in Australia."