Norrie and Boulter lead Great Britain to triumph against Australia in the United Cup.

Cameron Norrie kicked off the new season by regaining his form as Great Britain secured a win over hosts Australia in the United Cup.

The second edition of this international team competition has been scaled down, featuring two singles matches and one doubles match for each tie. In Perth, Britain secured the victory through the singles matches, with Norrie defeating Alex De Minaur for the second consecutive year with a score of 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (2), while Katie Boulter won 6-2, 6-4 against Ajla Tomljanovic.

Last year at the United Cup, Norrie won all three of his matches, including a straight-set victory against De Minaur. However, he struggled in the latter part of the 2023 season, losing nine of his last 11 matches.

The 28-year-old stated that he had felt a bit burned out after maintaining a demanding schedule, but the off-season allowed him to reset. His victory against De Minaur is his first win over a top-20 player since March.

Capitalizing on De Minaur’s slow start, Norrie broke his serve in the opening game and maintained his advantage throughout the first set. De Minaur, currently ranked 12th in the world, raised his level of play in the second set and appeared stronger for most of the decider.

However, Norrie showed determination, saving a break point in the sixth game and playing a brilliant tie-break. He took the initiative and forced a double fault from De Minaur on the first match point. Norrie commented, “I really had to dig deep and play very brave in that third set. He came out at the end of the second set, he was firing, and I couldn’t match his level. I had to really play to win in that tie-break. I found good depth on my forehand in the tie-break. It’s always tough playing Alex, he’s a good friend of mine. It was a good match and a great way to start the year.”

Boulter ensured there would be no second chances for Australia with a strong performance against Tomljanovic.

Tomljanovic, a former top-40 player, missed most of the previous season due to knee surgery and is currently ranked 290th. Boulter, ranked 56th, quickly took a 4-0 lead in the first set. Although Tomljanovic fought back, Boulter held her nerve and secured the victory.

To secure a spot in the quarter-finals, Britain needs to defeat the reigning champions USA in their final group match on Sunday.

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