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Great Britain beat Australia in Hopman Cup

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Great Britain completed their Hopman Cup campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over Australia.

However the win was not enough for GB to progress through to the final as Poland beat France in their tie to advance, and knock the Brits out.

Andy Murray gave the Brits the ideal start with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Marinko Matosevic, this was followed up by Heather Watson, 22, securing her first individual win of the tournament, comfortably beating Casey Dellacqua 6-3, 6-4, securing a British victory.

Murray and Watson rounded off the tie with a 7-5, 6-1 win in the mixed doubles against Dellacqua and Matosevic. Despite GB not reaching the final, where Poland will take on the USA, the tournament will have provided Murray and Watson with an ideal warm up to the first Grand Slam event of the year, the Australian Open.

The Brit pair will be in the main draw along with compatriot James Ward who just sneaks in after Marin Cilic withdrew citing injury. Londoner, Ward, is the first British male, Murray aside, to be in the main draw of a Grand Slam (excluding Wimbledon) since Tim Henman back in 2007.

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In other tennis news, Judy Murray's Fed Cup team has been announced. There is no Laura Robson, who continues her comeback from injury, so Johanna Konta joins Watson alongside doubles pair Anna Smith and Jocelyn Rae, the British team will take on Ukraine, Turkey and Lichtenstein in their qualifying group.

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Hopman Cup
Australian Open
Tennis
Andy Murray
Heather Watson

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