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Micromax Indian Aces extended their winning run as they toppled top-placed UAE Royals in the team standings. At the end of their final match in the first leg at Manila, the Indian Aces led by the motivated Sania Mirza and Gael Monfils maintained the unbeaten record. Indian Aces finish Manila leg with 3-0 record after they defeated UAE Royals by 28-20. Also Read - Sania Mirza, Naomi Osaka to be Part of Five-day Virtual Summer Festival
Facing a tough competitor in form of UAE Royals, Indian Aces got off to a struggling start in the first match of the day 3 of International Premier Tennis League (IPTL). Their in-form singles player and world number five, Ana Ivanovic, lost her individual singles set to Kristina Mladenovic, 21-year-old world no. 63 in the WTA Rankings. Also Read - Adria Tour Aftermath Shows The Health Risk That Exists: Sania Mirza
After a jittery start, it was India’s leading mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna who last thrashed the Andy Murray-Maria Sharapova pair on Saturday, stepped up for the daunting task of squaring the set to 1-1. More than winning the set, they helped the Indian Aces side with a lead on game points. But the biggest surprise came in form of Gael Monfils and Rohan Bopannna winning their doubles match against solid-looking Marin Cilic/Nenad Zimoonjic pair. Before this match, the Indo-French pair has just won two game points in two match.
Gael Monfils, who is looking to play the tennis of life in IPTL returned to play his singles match against Marin Cilic. After three game points, Cilic pulled off the set with Tunisian player Malek Jaziri replacing him. But Jaziri could not manage to stand the Gael-Force eventually losing the set. The last set featuring past champions once again saw Indian Aces player-coach Fabrice Santoro emerging victorious against Goran Ivanisevic.