Manila: Indian Aces sailed past Singapore Slammers 26-16 in an International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) match yesterday.
Indian Aces' Ana Ivanovic celebrates after winning a point against Singapore's Daniella Hantuchova in Manila yesterday. Pic/Getty Images.
The evening started with mixed-doubles pairing of Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza (Aces), who were up against the Slammers duo of Bruno Soares and Daniela Hantuchova.
After being broken early, Soares and Hantuchova broke back but the clever shot-making of Bopanna and Mirza ultimately gave them the one-off set 6-4. Next up was past champions singles match between Fabrice Santoro, representing Aces, and Australian legend Patrick Rafter. It turned out to be league’s first shootout at 5-5 in the set, which Santoro won with a little difficulty.
For Slammers, the lone success of the day came in the men’s doubles, where Tomas Berdych and Nick Kyrgios beat Bopanna and Gael Monfils 5-2. Former World No 1 Ana Ivanovic then hammered Daniela Hantuchova 6-0 in the women’s singles. The men’s singles was played between Monfils and former World No 1 Lleyton Hewitt, which the Frenchman won 6-1.
Royals win too
Later in the day, UAE Royals mauled home side Manila Mavericks 29-24.