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Day 6 Match 12

Serena, Berdych Shine for DBS Slammers, Defeat UAE Royals for Second Win

iptlworld.com: December 4 2014 Singapore - DBS Singapore Slammers put on an impressive overall team display to take their second four-point haul of the tournament. In the closing game of the Singapore leg, the Slammers and Royals went head to head in what was the tightest match so far with the Slammers triumphant at 27-25.

 

Fresh off their victory over the Mircomax Indian Aces, the Slammers showed great resolve as they were pushed all the way in each set, having to dig deep for the positive result. Fans were left on the edge of their seats as both teams put on a display of world-class tennis.

 

World No. 1 Serena Williams put the DBS Singapore Slammers in the lead with a win over debutant Caroline Wozniacki in what was possibly the tighest set of the tournament. Williams hit a winner with mere seconds remaining in an opening set Super Shootout to take it 6-5.

 

Williams carried her form into the second set as she teamed up with Tomas Berdych to defeat the resillient pair of Zimonjic and Mladenovic 6-4. Rafter took on the big Croat Goran Ivanisevic in the past-champions singles, with Ivanisevic winning the first set for the Royals. Despite this, Rafteer did his best to rack up the points as part of the new team format.

 

Berdych and Cilic gave the fans something to cheer about with their big serves and huge ground stokes. The World No. 7 eventually prevailed with his serve making the key difference. Riding on their great form from last night, Kyrgios and Hewitt wow-ed the fans in an enteraining, high energy final set to wrap up a strong overall team performance before evenutally going down to Cilic and Zimonjic 5-6.

Day 6 Match 12: December 4, 2014

DBS Singapore Slammers 27 – 25 Musafir.com UAE Royals

Women’s Singles: Serena Williams 6 – 5 Caroline Wozniacki

Mixed Doubles: S.Williams/T.Berdych 6 – 4 N.Zimonjic/K.Mladenovic

Men’s Legend Singles: Patrick Rafter 4 – 6 Goran Ivanisevic

Men’s Singles: Tomas Berdych 6 – 4 Marin Cilic

Men’s Doubles: N.Kyrgios/L.Hewitt 5 – 6 N.Zimonjic/M.Cilic

Day 6 Match 11

Manila Mavericks Top League Leaders Micromax Indian Aces 25 - 20

iptlworld.com: December 4 2014 Singapore -  Manila Mavericks ended the Singapore leg of the inaugural Coca-Cola IPTL presented by Qatar Airways on a high when they defeated table toppers, Micromax Indian Aces 25 -20, in an encounter that saw the lead change hands three times in the first three sets. The Mavericks returned to winning ways and moved to within just two points of the Aces, closing the gap on the initial runaway leaders.

 

Unbeaten Mark Phillippoussis continues his winning streak with another convincing opening match as he beat Santoro-replacement, Cedric Pioline 6-4. World No. 5 Ana Ivanovic continued her run of good form, playing well as her teammates cheered her on, defeating Kirsten Flipkens 6-2 convincingly. Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza were defeated for the first time in the league as they went down 6-2 to Nestor and Flipkens who are beginning to find their feet as mixed doubles partners.

 

 Treat Huey and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga showed that they’re a force to be reckoned with, re-igniting the form they showed in Manila, thumping a highly entertaining Bopanna and Monfils 6-2. The final set saw the battle of the Frenchmen, as Monfils showed true athleticism to outplay Tsonga 6-5, taking the team total to 20 and earning them much needed 2 points.

Day 6 Match 11: December 4 2014

Micromax Indian Aces 20 – 25 Manila Mavericks

Men’s Legend Singles: Cedric Pioline 4 – 6 Mark Philippousis

Women’s Singles: Ana Ivanovic 6 – 2 Kristen Flipkens

Mixed Doubles: S.Mirza/R.Bopanna 2 – 6 K.Flipkens/D.Nestor

Men’s Doubles: G.Monfils/R.Bopanna 2 – 6 T.Huey/J.Tsonga

Men’s Singles: Gael Monfils 6 – 5 Jo Wilfried Tsonga

Team Standings:  M/W/D/L: Pts

1. Micromax Indian Aces  6 4 0 2: 20

2. Musafir.com UAE Royals 6 3 0 3: 17

3. Manila Mavericks  6 3 0 3: 17

4. DBS Singapore Slammers 6 2 0 4: 14

Day 5 Match 10

Serena, Berdych, DBS Slammers Notch First Team Victory; Defeats Micromax Aces 24 - 23

iptlworld.com: December 3 2014 Singapore -  DBS Singapore Slammers notched up their first win in the league with a 24-23 victory over current leaders, the Micromax Indian Aces. Coming into the match winless, the Slammers faced the daunting task of playing the unbeaten Aces.

 

With pressure mounting and fans itching for a win, the Slammers delivered in style, delighting fans with a night of phenomenal shot-making and world-class tennis, with Berdych winning the first Super Shootout of the tournament. In recognition of a fewllow sportsman, Lleyton Hewitt and Nick Kyrgios dedicated their win to Australian cricketer Phllip Hughes, whose funeral was held in Australia today.

 

World No. 1 Serena Williams overcame an early onslaught from Serbian Ana Ivanovic to give the DBS Singapore Slammers a 6-4 opening-set win in a tightly contested battle. The lead changed hands in the second set as mixed doubles pair Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza proved too strong for Williams and Berdych taking the set 6-3.

 

Unbeaten player coach, Fabrice Santoro wove his magic once again, beating a frustrated Andre Agassi 6-2, extending the Aces’ overall lead to 16 – 11. Tomas Berdych found his momentum and pulled the Slammers back to within touching distance (17-18) with a 6-2 triumph over crowd favourite, Gael Monfils.

 

Australian duo Nick Kyrgios and Lleyton Hewitt showed a good mix of youth and experience as they combined to pull the Slammers, levelling the score at 23 all, forcing a Super Shootout. In a repeat of the Men’s Singles match, Berdych and Monfils stepped up to play the 7-min tie-breaker, where the calm and collected Berdych held on to give the DBS Singapore Slammers their first win of the league2.

Day 5 Match 10: December 3, 2014

DBS Slammers 24 – 23 Micromax Indian Aces

Women’s Singles: Serena Williams 6 – 4 Ana Ivanovic

Mixed Soubles S.Wiliams/B.Soares 3 – 6 R. Bopanna/S. Mirza

Men’s Legend Singles: Andre Agassi 2 – 6 Fabrice Santoro

Men’s Singles: Tomas Berdych 6 – 2 Gael Monfils

Men’s Doubles: N.Kyrgios/L.Hewitt 6 – 5 R.Bopanna/G.Monfils

Super Shootout: Tomas Berdych 1 – 0 Gael Monfils

Day 5 Match 9

Musafir.com UAE Royals Outslugs Streaking Manila Mavericks 26 - 21

iptlworld.com: December 3 2014 Singapore -  The Musafir.com UAE Royals returned to winning ways this earlier in the evening, moving to outright second in the table and leap-frogging the Manila Mavericks in a thrilling encounter which ended (26 – 21), putting an end to the Mavericks’ two-match winning streak. Despite going down 6-5 in a tightly contested first set, the Royals fought back well as Cilic inspired the team with a win over Tsonga, and Mladenovic showing her true form as she closed out the final two sets and the match in convincing fashion. The Musafir.com UAE Royals will play the DBS Singapore Slammers on the final day of the Singapore leg as they look to consolidate their position before the League moves on to New Delhi.

 

Manila Maverick Mark Phillippoussis triumphed 6-5 in the opening set over Goran Ivanisevic in an exciting super shoot-out. US Open Champion Marin Cilic broke serve once in a hard hitting battle to come away with a 6-4 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who later teamed with Treat Huey to produced moments of magic as the Mavericks took the Men’s Doubles set 6-3 defeating Nenad Zimonjic and Marin Cilic. Zimonjic bounced back with mixed doubles partner, the in-form Kristina Mladenovic to beat Daniel Nestor and Kristen Flipkens 6-1. Mladenovic then took the momentum into the fifth and final set with her ground stroke game wrapping up the set 6 – 4 to pull away as outright second in the team standings.

Day 5 Match 9: December 3, 2014

Musafir.com UAE Royales 26 – 21 Manila Mavericks

Men’s Legend Singles: Goran Ivanisevic 5- 6 Mark Philippousis

Men’s Singles: Marin Cilic 6 – 4 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Men’s Doubles: M.Cilic/N.Zimonjic 3 – 6 T.Huey/J.Tsonga

Mixed Doubles: K.Mladenovic/N.Zimonjic 6 -1 K.Flipkens/D.Nestor

Women’s Singles: Kristina Mladenovic 6 – 4 Kriten Flipkens

DAY FOUR

Manila Mavericks Beat Singapore Slammers

iptlworld.com: December 2 2014 Singapore - A crowd of over 8,000 spectators arrived at the Singapore Indoor Stadium by the time Match 2 got underway on the opening day of the Singapore leg of inaugural Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League presented by Qatar Airways. Andre Agassi was given a rapturous welcome by the home crowd who drowned out the match announcer. But despite showing some improvement from Manila, Match 8 saw the home team – the DBS Singapore Slammers – slump to their fourth straight loss against a resilient Manila Mavericks team.

 

Brimming with confidence from their victory over the DBS Singapore Slammers in Manila two nights ago, once again the Mavericks proved too strong for the Slammers, winning 4 out of 5 sets, giving them 11 points from 4 matches to go joint second with the Musafir.com UAE Royals. The DBS Singapore Slammers picked up 2 bonus points for their total haul of 21 games to the Manila Mavericks’ 29.

 

Match started with Past Champion’s Singles which saw a highly spirited performance from former World No. 1 Andre Agassi before going down 3-6 to Mark ‘The Scud’ Phillippoussis.  In the Men’s Doubles, Huey and Tsonga overcame Hewitt and Berdych in a nail biting encounter which saw multiple errors from the DBS Singapore Slammers, eventually losing the set 6-4. World No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came from a break down to win a 5-all shoot-out against Tomas Berdych putting the Mavericks ahead, 18 –12.

 

Serena then took to the court in the fourth set playing Mixed Doubles with Nick Kyrgios, she was however unable to inspire the team going down 3-6 to an in-form Nestor and Flipkens. The consolation for the DBS Singapore Slammers was William’s fifth set victory over Flipkens, repeating her Sunday night triumph in Manila to earn the DBS Singapore Slammers their second double-point haul.

 

“I feel like anything’s possible in this format, but the set goes by quick and playing Mark there isn’t a lot of time to relax and settle down, if you don’t play too often, I never got comfortable, started to settle down a little more as it when on but it was a little too late, but I did hope to win," the eight-time Grand Slam winner Agassi said.  “There’s a lot of upsides in doing this for me, watching the sport go places where I believe there should be tennis, enthusiastic fans, bringing it to them in a format that I believe is motivational to the next generation, to these communities and cities. It’s a win for them, it’s great for the players, acting like a team out there, you want it bad but you’re also relaxed trying to keep your team relaxed. It’s a fun environment for us, you get to see so many matchups, the games played in different ways, it’s also good for the future of the sport.”

Day 4 Match 8: December 2 2014

DBS Singapore Slammers 21 – 28 Manila Mavericks

Men’s Legend Singles: Andre Agassi 3- 6 Mark Philippousis

Men’s Doubles: L.Hewitt/T.Berdych 4 – 6 T.Huey/J.Tsonga

Men's Singles: Tomas Berdych 5 - 6 Jo Wilfried Tsonga

Mixed Doubles: N.Kyrgios/S.Williams 3 – 6 K.Flipkens/D.Nestor

Women’s Singles: Serena Williams 6 – 5 Kristen Flipkens

Micromax Indian Aces Continue Winning Run, Tops UAE Royals in Singapore

iptlworld.com: December 2 2014 Singapore -  The Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) presented by Qatar Airways got under way at the Singapore Indoor Stadium this afternoon and saw the Micromax Indian Aces carry on from where they left off after leg one in Manila, producing a dominant performance in the opening match over second placed team Musafir.com UAE Royals. The Indian team, led by Player-Coach Fabrice Santoro, won all five sets in convincing manner, finishing the set with a combined total of 30 games to the Royals’ 11.

 

Match 7 started with Women’s Singles which saw World No. 5 Ana Ivanovic triumph over 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 triumphing over Kristina Mladenovic and Nenad Zimonjic in the 5-minute shoot out to claim the set 6-5. Next up was Men’s Singles in which flamboyant Frenchman Gael Monfils out-played reigning US Open Champion Marin Cilic 6-1

 

In the Past Champions match, Fabrice Santoro overcame a struggling Goran Ivanisevic. The former Wimbledon champion was nursing a hamstring strain before being subbed out in favour of Nenad Zimonjic but it wasn’t enough to stop the dominance of Santoro who closed the set at 6-2. The final set of the match was the Men’s Doubles which saw Bopanna and Monfils return to the fray to defeat a dispirited Cilic and Zimonjic 6-1

 

“It’s good because it’s very quick, I like to play very quick all my life, you have 20 seconds to serve, I’ve never had problems with that because I like to serve quick,” Ivanisevic said. “I think it’s great. Everybody’s playing seriously and I think it’s good that people see us in a different way. It’s good for us to play like this and so far it’s working perfect. I don’t think it’s good to fool around too much because you lose that spirit, this is perfect. I don’t remember when was the last time I played three serious sets, with no ad and with the power point it can be over in 10 minutes, you have to be ready anytime. Though I still like to have fun with the crowd and I’m always going to do, it’s good to play serious and show people I still can hit tennis balls."

 

Cilic added, “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. For me it was great to interact with my teammates, we’ve built good relations over the last six or seven days.”

 

The Final Score of 30 – 11 sees the Micromax Indian Aces add a further 4 points to their tally while the Musafir.com UAE Royals will take some consolation from a single bonus point for winning more than 10 games

Day 4 Match 7: December 2 2014

Micromax Indian Aces 30 – 11 UAE Royals

Women’s Singles: Ana Ivanovic 6 – 2 Kristina Mladenovic

Mixed Doubles: R.Bopanna/S.Mirza  6 – 3 N.Zimonjic/K.Mladenovic

Men’s Singles: Gael Monfils 6 -1 Marin Cilic

Men’s Legend Singles: Fabrice Santoro 6 – 2 Goran Ivanisevic

Men’s Doubles: R.Bopanna/Gael Monfils 6 – 5 M.Cilic/N.Zimonjic 

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