Hopman Cup: Alize Cornet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the doubles to beat American duo
Last Updated: 01/01/14 6:14pm
Alize Cornet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrate their doubles win
The French pairing of Alize Cornet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga closed in on a Hopman Cup final berth with a 2-1 win over the United States.
Unbeaten after their first two ties, the French only need to beat winless Group B rivals Spain on Friday to advance to Saturday's final.
Cornet and Tsonga edged past Sloane Stephens and John Isner 6-1 5-7 10-5 in a doubles match tie-break to clinch the win.
In the singles, rising star Stephens powered past the 27th-ranked Cornet, 7-5 6-0, before Tsonga levelled matters with a 7-6 6-3 victory over Isner.
Tsonga said he was back to full fitness following knee problems and still capable of taking his game to higher levels.
"Yeah, I think I can," he said. "I stay confident, I didn't have a lot of luck with injury last year.
"I was hitting really well and this year it's another story.. I'm sure I'm stronger this year."