Indian Aces maintain winning run in IPTL
Indian Aces continued their winning run as they beat Manila Mavericks 24-15 on the second day of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) in Manila on Saturday.sports Updated: Nov 30, 2014 04:23 IST
Indian Aces continued their winning run as they beat Manila Mavericks 24-15 on the second day of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) in Manila on Saturday.
Having started their campaign by defeating Singapore Slammers, Indian aces strengthened their position by outplaying star-studded Mavericks.
Opting to serve first, Mavericks captain Treay Huey decided to begin the match with legend's singles game and Fabrice Santoro of Indian Aces was scheduled to play Carlos Moya.
The Spanish legend, representing Mavericks, retired hurt with groin injury at 3-1 and was replaced by Daniel Nestor, who Santoro easily beat 6-1.
The Manila boys - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Huey - then outplayed his fellow country-mate Gael Monfils, partnering Rohan Bopanna, 6-0 to give the Mavericks a 7-6 lead.
The Aces, however, bounced back in the third set with Monfils beating the only member of Big Four club, Andy Murray 6-4.
In the mixed doubles, Sania Mirza and Bopanna mauled the top singles players, Maria Sharapova and Murray brutally. They won 6-1.
Ana Ivanovic of Indian Aces then shut the door on Mavericks by getting the better of Sharapova 6-3.
After losing the mixed doubles match by a huge margin, Sharapova lost her way in the singles match in the fifth and final individual set.
She started well but could not continue the momentum to eventually lose.
Earlier, UAE Royals defeated the Slammers 28-22.