France opened this year's Hopman Cup with a 2-1 win over China.
While Marion Bartoli lost a tight 3-setter against Na Li, Richard scored a convincing 6-1 6-3 victory over Wu Di. He was hardly troubled on serve. Di got to 0-30 once, but Richard served 3 aces to save the situation, 8 aces in total.
The French doubles then dominated the Chinese pair 6-1 6-1 and will meet Australia next.