Murray and Robson join forces to hand Britain a winning start

GREAT BRITAIN recovered from a rubber down to complete a nail-biting victory over minnows Kazakhstan in the Hopman Cup in Perth.

Teenager Laura Robson suffered defeat in her opening singles match to a flu-ridden Yaroslava Shvedova, only for men’s No1 Andy Murray to level the tie with a convincing 6-2, 6-2 win over world No133 Andrey Golubev.

That set up a deciding mixed doubles rubber which Murray and 15-year-old Robson, playing together for the first time, edged 12-10 in a champions tie-break.

Britain, seeded third in the round-robin event and playing for the first time since 1992, now face Germany tomorrow and Russia on Friday, while Australia, Spain, Romania and USA contest Group A.

Murray, who used the tournament as preparation for this month’s Australian Open, said: “It’s a really good atmosphere out there and I’m happy with the way I played.”