Pat Cash won two matches to lead Australia to a 2-1 victory over Britain in the opening series of the Hopman Cup.

Cash defeated Jeremy Bates 6-1, 6-1 in men's singles and then teamed with Liz Smylie to beat Bates and Sarah Loosemore 6-4, 6-2 in mixed doubles.Loosemore earlier beat Smylie 6-4, 6-3 in the opening women's singles to give Britain a 1-0 lead.

Australia, the fifth seed in the 12-nation event, earned a quarterfinal berth against third-seeded Switzerland. The top four teams, headed by the United States, all were granted first-round byes.

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