IPTL: Indian Aces up with win against UAE Royals

Updated: Dec 01, 2014, 10:30 IST | IANS |

Indian franchise beats UAE team to register third straight win and go atop IPTL table

Manila: Micromax Indian Aces registered their third successive victory in the International Tennis Premier League (IPTL), defeating UAE Royals 28-20 at the Mall of Asia Arena yesterday.

UAE coach John Laffnie de Jager won the toss and elected to receive and in the first encounter, Kristina Mladenovic beat Aces’ Ana Ivanovic 6-4. Ivanovic gave a spirited display despite being down 1-5.

Gael Monfils of the Indian Aces returns to Marin Cilic of the UAE Royals during their singles match of the IPTL in Manila yesterday. pic/AFP

Experienced mixed doubles pair Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna notched a 6-3 win in the second set over Mladenovic and Nenad Zimonjic to equalise for the Aces.

Later, Bopanna partnered with Gael Monfils to victory over Zimonjic and Marin Cilic 6-4 in the men’s doubles third set. This win gave the Aces a 2-1 lead, which increased to 3-1 following Monfils’ 6-3 win over Malek Jaziri, who replaced injured Marin Cilic.

“I love this format. This suits me well. I love the team atmosphere. We had fun out there. Actually we’re good friends — Ana, Sania — we grew up together. It’s a good competition because we are having fun,” Monfils said.

In the fifth and final set, Aces’ coach-cum-player Fabrice Santoro defeated the big-serving Goran Ivanisevic 6-4 to win the past champions’ tie.

Sharapova mocks IPTL’s shot-clock

Manila: Maria Sharapova mocked the inaugural International Premier Tennis League’s beeping shot-clock, designed to speed up the game.

The World No 2 likened the 20-second clock, which beeps loudly when players take too long winding up with their serve, to a bedside alarm clock. “I feel like pressing ‘snooze’ all the time,” said the Russian five-time Grand Slam singles winner who ended her two-day stint in Manila on a losing note, both in the women’s singles and in mixed doubles.

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