Norway started Sunday in a deep gap towards Brazil trailing 0-2 of their United Cup tie. Regardless of World No. 3 Casper Ruud maintaining his nation’s hopes alive, Norway was unable to claw all the best way again.
World No. 118 Laura Pigossi defeated Ulrikke Eikeri 6-3 6-4 to clinch a win for Brazil. Pigossi’s victory gave the Brazilians an unassailable 3-1 lead over Norway and the nation will end Group E with a 1-1 file.
Within the first males’s singles match of the brand new 12 months, Ruud defeated Brazilian Thiago Monteiro 6-3, 6-2 to slender the deficit to 1-2 within the tie.
“It was a must-win, so I used to be possibly feeling the strain just a little bit, however I used to be capable of come out with an excellent begin and beginning the brand new 12 months in tennis down in Australia feels nice. It’s at all times thrilling to be right here. My first time in Brisbane, so it’s been an incredible few days to date. I’m actually having fun with town and due to everybody who got here out first day of the 12 months to observe some tennis.”
Ruud picked up the place he left off in a standout 2022 season, throughout which he climbed as excessive as No. 2 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings and superior to the championship match of the Nitto ATP Finals. Regardless of a slight hiccup when he fell behind 0-2 within the second set, the Norwegian stormed by the ultimate six video games of the match to triumph after 72 minutes.
“I at all times really feel very motivated coming down right here enjoying in Australia. Final 12 months was a bit unlucky. I used to be not capable of play within the Australian Open. I rolled my ankle the day earlier than my first spherical, so I’m very desperate to hopefully have an excellent begin of the season down right here and it is a excellent approach for me to start out one other 12 months on Tour.”
Monteiro’s forehand was his undoing within the early going, as a slew of unforced errors allowed Ruud to seek out his consolation zone inside Pat Rafter Area.
Though Ruud pushed a forehand lengthy to fall behind a break within the second set, he by no means panicked, nor did he seem in hassle. The 24-year-old transformed 5 of his six break level probabilities to take a 3-0 ATP Head2Head lead towards Monteiro. He has not misplaced a set in any of these matches.
With the strain to shut out the Brazillian victory, Pigossi put forth a bodily effort to finest World No. 388 Eikeri. Pigossi wanted one hour and 50 minutes to shut out the 30-year-old Norwegian, who counts doubles as her major self-discipline.
Final spring at Roland Garros, Eikeri grew to become the primary Norwegian man or lady to make a Grand Slam ultimate, doing so in blended doubles. Ruud matched her feat a couple of days later when he made his first main ultimate.
However Eikeri couldn’t upend Pigossi, who’s coming off one of the best season of her profession, having made her first WTA singles ultimate in Bogota final spring.
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