Preview: Poland Meets China, Serbia Faces Australia in the United Cup Quarterfinals


Top seed Poland, the first nation to qualify for the United Cup quarterfinals, will battle against Team China at RAC Arena in Perth, looking to advance to the international team event semifinals for the second consecutive year on Wednesday.

After becoming the first squad to earn a spot in the United Cup quarterfinals by beating Team Spain on Monday, Group A winner Poland set a clash with China – finished second in Group E play – biding to secure a place in the last four on Wednesday in Perth.

The day session will see World No. 9 Hubert Hurkacz square off against Zhang Zhizhen, opening quarterfinal action at RAC Arena.

Then, the women’s singles match will take over, featuring World No. 1 Iga Swiatek playing Chinese young star Zheng Qinwen.

Swiatek’s perfect start to the 2024 season has seen her outlast Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia and Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo in straight sets, delivering ruthless performances.

Moreover, she has also paired with Hurkacz to play mixed doubles, winning all two matches together.

The Polish players will team up once again to wrap up proceedings in a meeting with the Zhizhen-Qinwen duo, holding a 1-2 score in mixed doubles.

The Chinese players moved past Czechs Marketa Vondrousova and Jiri Lehecka in straight sets, grabbing a 3-0 score on debut last Saturday.

However, against the pair formed by World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Olga Danilovic, and despite posing a top challenge to their opponents, stealing the second set of their matchup, the duo fell 4-6, 6-1, 6-10 to the Serbians.

Poland and China were the first teams to achieve perfect scores when setting off their campaigns at this year’s event, prevailing over Team Brazil and fifth seed, the Czech Republic, respectively.

Meanwhile, the evening session will welcome the winners of Group C, home favorite Australia, and Group E Serbia, also fighting for a ticket to the semifinals.

The 24-time major champion talked about the upcoming encounter with the Australian team, stressing: “Of course, we are playing a home nation tomorrow, probably packed stadium, which is something that we all are looking forward to.”

They are very strong, particularly doubles and also singles. They are very complete.”

And while Australia battled through the defending champions, the United States, to end at the top of its group, Team Serbia toppled the Czech Republic.

Djokovic dug deep to overcome Lehecka, notching a 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-1 win despite struggling with a problem on his right wrist across the two-hour, 18-minute contest on Tuesday evening.

It happened in the warmup today before the match,” Djokovic outlined. “I got constant treatment before the match, during the match, and after the match, trying to address the issue that I’m facing today in the best possible way.”

Adding: “It’s not the first time I have faced these kinds of circumstances at such a high level of professional tennis. I know professional sports, in general, these things happen.”

I think it’s not a major concern because I still managed to finish the match and play well, even though I maybe wasn’t feeling 100 percent, but still, allowed me to finish the match. Hopefully, I’ll have enough time to recover for tomorrow’s tie against Australia.”

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