Indian Aces too hot for Royals

Delhi-based franchise notch up their fourth consecutive victory

Indian Aces too hot for Royals

Indian Aces continued their impressive run in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) with a commanding 30-11 win over UAE Royals on day one of the Singapore leg here on Tuesday.

 It was the fourth win for Aces in as many games in the competition that began last week in Manila. The match started with the women’s singles which saw Ana Ivanovic thumping Kristina Mladenovic 6-2. The mixed doubles gave the crowd its first 5-5 tie-break, with the experienced pairing of Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza prevailing over Mladenovic and Nenad Zimonjic in the five-minute shoot out to claim the set 6-5. Next up was men’s singles in which flamboyant Frenchman Gael Monfils outplayed reigning US Open winner Marin Cilic 6-1.

In the legends encounter, Fabrice Santoro overcame a struggling Goran Ivanisevic. The former Wimbledon champion was nursing a hamstring strain before being subbed out by Zimonjic but it wasn’t enough to stop the dominance of Santoro, who closed the set at 6-2.

The final contest was the men’s doubles which saw Bopanna and Monfils defeat a dispirited Cilic and Zimonjic 6-1.

Aces add a further four points to their tally while Royals will take some consolation from a single bonus point for winning more than 10 games. On the IPTL experience Cilic said: “So far I think the format is very interesting, everyone was talking about it from the start, I think it shows the team atmosphere and the team spirit brings the most wins and results.

“It’s definitely exciting for the fans to interact with the players and see different things than they are used to. For players it’s different, you have to be into the matches more than usual, emotionally and as a team.”

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