Tony Mcdonoughaap

Struggle for Aussie duo in Cup

AUSTRALIA will need a miracle in its Hopman Cup match against France in Perth tomorrow night to keep its hopes alive in the tournament.

Already without rising star Nick Kyrgios because of a back injury, replacement Matt Ebden tweaked his left calf while serving for the match against Poland's Jerzy Janowicz on Sunday night.

Ebden went on to lose the match 3-6 7-5 6-0, giving Poland an unbeatable 2-0 lead after Casey Dellacqua lost 6-2 6-3 to world No.6 Agnieszka Radwanska.

The 27-year-old was unable to play in the mixed doubles, with Poland given a 6-0 6-0 victory.

Despite the injury, Ebden (pictured) said he was "optimistic" about taking his place against the French side, represented by Benoit Paire and Alize Cornet.

Australia would need to clean sweep the match, and also beat Great Britain in the final Group B clash on Friday night to have any chance of making the final.

Poland will take on Great Britain, represented by Andy Murray and Heather Watson, tomorrow morning.

In yesterday's Group A clash, world No.1 Serena Williams overcome a slow start to beat Italy's Flavia Pennetta 0-6 6-3 6-0, before John Isner gave the USA an unassailable 2-0 lead by downing Fabio Fognini 5-7 7-5 7-6.

The USA takes on Canada tonight.

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