Posted: Thursday January 3, 2013 2:51 AM

Isner out of Hopman Cup with knee injury

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PERTH, Australia (AP) - John Isner withdrew from the Hopman Cup on Thursday with a right knee injury, ending the American team's chances of reaching the final of the eight-country tournament and handing a championship berth to Spain.

Isner played with tape on his knee when he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France on Tuesday. He also lost to South African Kevin Anderson in his opening match on Sunday. Isner still hopes to compete at the Australian Open beginning Jan. 14.

Spain and the U.S. were each 2-0 in round-robin play heading into Thursday's deciding match-up. Spain was awarded a walkover and will advance to Saturday's final against an as-yet undetermined team from Group A.

Venus Williams remained undefeated in her three singles matches as she recovered from a slow start to beat Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-4.
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