IPTL: Rohan Bopanna, Sania Mirza ensure fourth win for Indian Aces
Singapore: Micromax Indian Aces produced their fourth consecutive victory in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), thrashing UAE Royals 30-11 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last night.
Indian Aces' Rohan Bopanna returns while teammate Sania Mirza looks on during their IPTL mixed doubles match against UAE Royals' Nenad Zimonjic and Kristina Mladenovic in Singapore yesterday. Pics/AFP
Aces, led by player-cum-coach Fabrice Santoro, won all five sets in convincing manner as Ana Ivanovic set the ball rolling with a 6-2 triumph over Kristina Mladenovic in the first set.
In the mixed doubles match, the experienced Indian pairing of Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza triumphed 6-5 over Kristina Mladenovic and Nenad Zimonjic following a five-minute shootout.
Up next, flamboyant Frenchman Gael Monfils outplayed reigning US Open Champion Marin Cilic 6-1 in the third and men's singles set to make it 18-8 lead for the Aces.
Santoro won the past champions' set 6-2 against a struggling Goran Ivanisevic, who was nursing a hamstring strain before being substituted mid-match by Nenad Zimonjic. But Zimonjic failed to stop a rampaging Santoro.
The final set of the match was the men's doubles contest, which saw Bopanna and Monfils return to the fray to defeat a dispirited Cilic and Zimonjic 6-1.
Singapore Slammers' Andre Agassi returns to Manila Mavericks' Mark Philippoussis during their IPTL singles tie in Singapore yesterday. Agassi lost 3-6