US, Britain United Cup Playoff: The United States and Great Britain defeated their respective foes to barge into the United Cup quarterfinals on Monday in Sydney, Australia. The US netters emerged as Group C topnotchers after Taylor Fritz and Madison Keys beat their respective German foes to secure enough points to qualify for the six-team playoffs. Fritz outclassed former world number two Alexander Zverev, 6-1 6-4, while keys defeated Julie Niemeier, 6-2 6-3, to put the Americans on top of the group, winning six of their seven matches with the remaining three games set to be played on Tuesday. The US team outplayed the Czech Republic, 4-1, in their earlier tie on December 29-30.
US, Britain United Cup Playoff
Great Britain, meanwhile, defeated Spain, 4-1, to barge through the next round. Team UK topped Group D with a 2-0 win-loss mark and won seven of their 10 matches to gain an unassailable lead in their group. Dan Evans sank Albert Santos-Vinolas in three sets, 6-3 1-6 6-3, to seal the win. Evans’ win ensured the British squad the victory in the five-match tie, following wins by Cameron Norrie and Katie Swan on Saturday. World No13 Paula Badosa prevented a sweep when the Spaniard defeated Harriet Dart, 6-7(6-8) 7-6(7-5) 6-1. Dart would redeem herself in the mixed doubles event as she teamed up with Jonny O’Mara to outclass Jessica Bouzas Maneiro and David Vega Hernandez, 3-6 6-2 10-5. Great Britain won over Australia in their earlier tie, 3-2. They will next play the US in the quarterfinal scheduled on Wednesday.
The United Cup is a team event that pits 18 of the best tennis teams around the world. The teams are divided into six groups of three with the topnotchers gaining a slot in the quarterfinals where they play against each other in a knockout round. The winner of the three quarterfinal matches and the best losing team will gain the semifinals berth. The winner of the semifinals will meet in the finals set on January 8. The new team tournament gives online betting aficionados a fresh approach to tennis and excitement to fans looking for heart-pounding action and extra money while betting on the 18 teams.
Medvedev to Focus on Australian Open Preparations
World number seven Daniil Medvedev has expressed disappointment over Russia’s suspension in all team competitions due to the invasion of Ukraine but he intends to make the most out of every event he is slated to compete as an individual. Right now, he is playing in the Adelaide International where he is seeded third behind Novak Djokovic and Felix Auger-Aliassime. He and his compatriots are unable to compete for Russia in the United Cup due to the sanctions imposed by the world tennis associations on the country. Medvedev cannot represent his country in international-level events but he can compete as an individual. He said he is happy to play in individual events, especially in Adelaide, as he prepares for the Australian Open in the third week of the month.
The Russian former world number one has been a losing finalist in the last two Australian Opens and he seeks to secure his first Grand Slam title since winning the 2021 US Open. He, however, faces a tough task with nine-time champion Novak Djokovic and 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal competing in the first Grand Slam of the year. Medvedev pledges to focus on the Adelaide International and his preparations for the Australian Open as he bids to gain his second Grand Slam title in his career. The Russian is among the top favorites in the men’s singles category and online sports picks and parlays are counting on his world-class plays to make a breakthrough in this unpredictable sport.