New Delhi: The Indian Aces start-off 2016 IPTL campaign with a comprehensive 30-17 win over hosts Japan Warriors at the Saitama Super Arena.
The Indian frachisee's Kirsten Flipkens outmuscled Kurumi Nara 6-2 in the women's singles even after her return to the tournament.
The Mixed Doubles contest was a more competitive one as the duo of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna prevailed 6-5 against Jelena Jankovic and Jean-Julien Rojer.
The Legends set between Australian Mark Philippoussis and Russian Marat Safin ended up with the former was turning out to be more effective than the latter, winning 6-3.
Men's Doubles action didn't disappoint either with a great clash between Feliciano Lopez-Ivan Dodig and Jean-Julien Rojer-Fernando Verdasco, with the former pairing emerging victorious with a 6-2 scoreline.
The match ended up with a Spanish derby between two great friends, Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco. The Indians made a five out of five with a Lopez 6-5 win on a shoot-out.
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"Mark served pretty well. I had a few chances but it is the way it is. We finished last last year so hopefully we won't do it again this year. It was just the first day and I think everybody was a little bit nervous. Kurumi was playing under a lot of pressure probably because she wanted to delight the home crowd. I am sure she will be more relaxed during the next matches," Safin was quoted saying in a PTI report.
"I want to say thank you to the fans. It is really nice to see people that still remembers you from the old days and they cheer you up no matter if you are winning or losing. They are still there. It is very cute to see," he added.
Mark Philippoussis said," I am really happy with the way I played today. It was very important to get the points right at the beginning because Marat is a very strong player. I was very pleased with the team outcome and how everybody played."
(With PTI inputs)