Indian Aces notched up their third win on the trot with a 28-20 victory over UAE Royals in the battle of two unbeaten sides in an International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) match in Manila on Sunday.
After the win, Indian Aces topped the table after the Manila leg to emerge as early front-runners in the high-profile tournament.
The Indian side, however, began with a loss with Ana Ivanovic going down fighting 4-6 in the Kristina Mladenovic in the first women's singles. The battle of the in-form women's singles players was a thrilling contest with Ivanovic almost making a sensational comeback from 1-5 down before eventually losing the match.
Experienced mixed doubles pair Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna registered a 6-3 second set win over Mladenovic and Nenad Zimonjic and Indian Aces took the advantage with Bopanna partnering the crowd favorite Gael Monfils to a 6-4 victory over Zimonjic and Marin Cilic in men's doubles.
An injury pulled Cilic out from early in the set against Monfils, but Malek Jaziri was a more than capable substitute.
However, the creative Frenchman Monfils pulled off a 6-3 win to extend the Indian side's lead.
The past champions' singles was the main event worth waiting for, with big serves and entertaining shot-making from Goran Ivanisevic and Fabrice Santoro. Frenchman Santoro emerged 6-4 winner over Ivanisevic to complete the dominance by Indian Aces.
Monfils was later all praise for the kind of tennis being played in the tournament.
"I love this format. This suits me well. I love the team atmosphere. We have fun out there," he said.
Serena Willaims played her first match for Singapore Slammers, defeating Kirsten Flipkens of Manila Mavericks. However, Singapore failed to win the tie as they lost 19-27 to the hosts in the second tie.