IPTL: UAE Royals Beat Indian Aces 30-20 to Top Japan Leg

Updated: 04 December 2016 21:44 IST

The Indian Aces suffered their first loss of the third season of International Premier Tennis League.

IPTL: UAE Royals Beat Indian Aces 30-20 to Top Japan Leg
Indian Aces lost to the UAE Royals in the IPTL on Sunday. © PhotoConcierge | Ella Ling

Tokyo:

Martina Hingis led her team UAE Royals to the top of the table in the International Premier Tennis League, beating Indian Aces 30-20 as the next leg will now be played in Singapore.

Winning four sets, the Royals wrapped up the first leg on a high note to earn a privileged position at the top.

Thomas Johansson made the most of his debut with a magnificent win over Mark Philippoussis that saw the Swede fire 13 winners in what was the best start possible for the Royals on the last day of action in Japan.

Martina Hingis kept rolling back the years and showed once again that her singles skills are very much in perfect state.

The UAE Royals' only female player present in Japan faced Kirsten Flipkens, who, once again, broke her opponent when returning to stay in the set. This time, though, the Swiss avoided the Shoot-Out and broke back to win an outstanding set.

Hingis didn't have a rest and faced her beloved friend and former doubles partner, Sania Mirza, in the Mixed Doubles Set. Mirza teamed up with Bopanna, whereas Hingis took to the court with Pablo Cuevas. It was meant to be for the Royals' in Match 1, as Hingis-Cuevas made just 3 unforced errors en route to victory over the Aces.

Tomas Berdych edged Feliciano López in the men's singles set, thanks to a remarkable 17 winners. In the last set, the men's doubles, Bopanna and Lopez forced overtime after taking the Shoot-Out but couldn't complete a comeback as Daniel Nestor, partnering Cuevas, served out the draw.

It was the icing on the cake that concluded a perfect match for the Royals.

 


 

Indian Aces had beaten Japan Warriors and UAE Royals in the first two matches. They now share the top spot with Royals with seven points each but are placed second as they have won 76 Games, compared to 79 of Royals.

The top two teams in the points table will play the finale on December 11.

Topics : Tennis
Highlights
  • This is the 3rd season of IPTL
  • Indian Aces won the inaugural season in 2014
  • Indian Aces lost their first match this season
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