PERTH, Australia, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The United States joined Spain in the final of the Hopman Cup Friday with a 2-1 victory over Belgium.
The top-seeded Americans got singles victories from Monica Seles and Jan-Michael Gambill to bounce back from Wednesday's
surprising loss to Italy and return to the final.
Seles rallied for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Kim Clijsters and Gambill clinched the win with a 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-2) victory over Xavier Malisse. That ended the upset hopes of Italy, which recorded a meaningless 2-1 win over France.
Clijsters and Malisse won the doubles match, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.
Seles and Gambill were runners-up last year to Switzerland but get another shot Saturday against the Spanish team of Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Tommy Robredo.
Spain caught a break Thursday when world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia was forced to withdraw due to chicken pox. That sent the third seeds into the final, where Sanchez-Vicario has a chance to become the first player to win the Hopman Cup twice.
In 1990, the former world No. 1 teamed with brother Emilio to defeat the U.S. duo of John McEnroe and Pam Shriver.
Seles also has a chance to accomplish the feat after winning in 1991 for Yugoslavia with Goran Prpic.