Maddison Inglis flattens a return against Coco Vandeweghe at the Hopman Cup.
Maddison Inglis flattens a return against Coco Vandeweghe at the Hopman Cup. Tony McDonough

Aussie teen gets shock call-up at Hopman Cup

TENNIS: Australia's stocks continue to rise with teenager Maddison Inglis impressing after getting her Hopman Cup chance against world No.10 CoCo Vandeweghe in Perth.

Inglis, 19, was a late call-up to replace Japan's Naomi Osaka, who pulled out of Tuesday's tie against the US due to illness.

The match was an automatic forfeit for the Japanese, but that didn't mean Inglis and Vandeweghe took their match lightly.

Inglis, the world No.771, was up to the challenge against the powerful American, with Vandeweghe having to work hard for her 7-5 6-2 victory.

Coco Vandeweghe takes a tumble during her match against Australian teen Maddison Inglis.
Coco Vandeweghe takes a tumble during her match against Australian teen Maddison Inglis. TONY MCDONOUGH

Inglis's effort came after rising star Thanasi Kokkinakis and teammate Daria Gavrilova steered Australia to a convincing win over Canada in their opening cup tie earlier this week.

Kokkinakis made a successful return to the court on Sunday with a three-set win over Vasek Pospisil, while Gavrilova won her singles match against Eugenie Bouchard.

The Australians will look to frank that performance when they take on Belgium at Perth Arena on Wednesday night.

Kokkinakis will play world No.7 David Goffin and Gavrilova will take on world No.36 Elise Mertens.

Thanasi Kokkinakis in action at the Hopman Cup tournament.
Thanasi Kokkinakis in action at the Hopman Cup tournament. Tony McDonough

For Kokkinakis, who will play world No.4 Alexander Zverev in Australia's final group match against Germany on Friday night, it shapes as a chance to test his game before the Australian Open.

"It's going to be a good level of tennis,” Kokkinakis said.

"Both guys had ridiculously good years, so it's going to be a good test for me to see where I'm at and see where I need to improve.

"I'll just try and play my game, serve, volley, be aggressive.”

Canada will play Germany in Wednesday's other tie.



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