The Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League has landed in Singapore, where the defending champions will try to make their way up to the top of the table on home ground.
The OUE Singapore Slammers currently lie third in the standings behind pace-setters the UAE Royals and second-placed Indian Aces. The Japan Warriors are at the foot of the table, with the same number of points as the Slammers (4) but with a deficit in the overall sets accumulated thus far.
The session will start with a duel between the top two teams. Last Sunday, the UAE Royals had a spectacular win over the Indian Aces and the 2014 champions will be looking for revenge. The Emirati side will welcome one of its biggest stars, former world number 1 and 2008 Roland Garros champion Ana Ivanovic.
The Singapore Indoor Stadium will be the venue for the next three days of competition. But, how have the teams arrived to the second leg of the league and which players are topping the leaderboards?
So far, Rohan Bopanna from the Indian Aces, has been literally an Indian Ace, leading with 24 aces. Next on the list is Nick Kyrgios from the OUE Singapore Slammers with 20 and rounding off the Top 3 is Tomas Berdych with 16.
The UAE Royals and Japan Warriors dominate the winners category, with the experienced Daniel Nestor from the Dubai-based team leading with 29 winners, same number as the Japanese side’s star, Kei Nishikori.
Here are the teams and players in action in Singapore:
Indian Aces: Feliciano López, Ivan Dodig, Kirsten Flipkens, Mark Philippoussis, Rohan Bopanna, Sania Mirza and Thomas Enqvist. Japan Warriors: Fernando González, Fernando Verdasco, Jean-Julien Rojer, Jelena Jankovic, Kurumi Nara and Marat Safin.
OUE Singapore Slammers: Carlos Moyà, Kiki Bertens, Marcelo Melo, Marcos Baghdatis, Nick Kyrgios and Rainer Schuttler. UAE Royals: Ana Ivanovic, Daniel Nestor, Goran Ivanisevic, Martina Hingis, Pablo Cuevas, Tomas Berdych and Thomas Johansson.
This has been a challenging year for the League and we expected to get passed them. With the global economy struggling and ticket sales at what they are, we’ve reached out to Serena. She has been super supportive the last two seasons and we look forward to having her back next year.