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Hingis pips Radwanska as Hyderabad take 2-point lead over Pune

Swiss star Martina Hingis prevailed over world number six Agnieszka Radwanska in a very tight women’s singles match to hand Hyderabad Aces a narrow two-point lead over Pune Marathas in a do-or-die Champions Tennis League (CTL) on Monday.

Hyderabad are leading 15-13 with two matches to go in the South Group tie, the winner will compete with Delhi Dreams in the title clash on Wednesday.

The two players came into the match when tie was locked at 9-points all with Hyderabad winning the legends singles while hosts Pune coming back with win in the mixed doubles.

Hingis, five-time singles Grand Slam champion, took a crucial break in the third game, cashing in on unforced errors of Radwanska. The Polish send a forehand long at 0-40 to allow Hingis pull away.

Radwanska, nine years younger than Hingis, though went on offensive as she attacked the serve of the Swiss in the next game and got the break back.

Hingis yet again went ahead with a terrific win following an engrossing rally in the eighth game but could not serve out the match as her forehand went soaring over the baseline at 30-40.

Radwanska had to win the next game to force a tie-breaker but she handed Hingis three match points and double-faulted at 0-40 to let Hyderabad have advantage.

At the start of the tie, Mark Philippoussis beat Pat Cash 6-3 in the legends singles, creating a three-point lead.

Pune though neutralised that lead as Radwanska and Marecos Baghdatis won the mixed doubles 6-3 against Hingis and Mikhail Youzhny.

Delhi Dreams down Mumbai Tennis Masters to win second straight tie

Delhi extended their impressive start to the inaugural Champions Tennis League (CTL), winning their second consecutive tie against Mumbai Tennis Masters 27-19 in a group encounter at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) here on Tuesday.

Delhi took an early lead as Juan Carlos Ferrero got the better of Sergi Bruguera 6-2 in the legends match and maintained their supremacy in the mixed doubles contest, winning it by an identical margin.

Mumbai pulled a match back in the contest, with Alize Cornet winning the women’s singles match 6-3.

But Delhi restored their advantage in the men’s doubles match, Kevin Anderson and Sanam Singh beating Tommy Robredo and Sriram Balaji 6-3.

Mumbai trailed the hosts Delhi 13-21 going into the final match of the tie and needed a big effort from Tommy Robredo against Kevin Anderson in the men’s singles contest. But despite his best efforts, saw the match end 6-6 to hand Delhi the tie.

In the legends match, Bruguera was broken in the very first game of the tie, helping Ferrero take a 2-0 lead. Ferrero stretched that lead to 4-1, breaking Bruguera again. Too many unforced errors proved to be the reason for Bruguera’s loss as he eventually went down 2-6 in 22 minutes.

Delhi maintained the pressure on Mumbai in the next match. They again took an early lead with the mixed doubles pair of Kevin Anderson and Jelena Jankovic going up 4-1 against Tommy Robredo and Alize Cornet and comfortably closed down the match from there, winning 6-2.

Mumbai had a glimmer of hope to stage a comeback into the contest in the women’s singles match with Alize Cornet breaking Jankovic’s serve twice to lead 5-1. Jelena reduced the margin to 3-5 but Cornet managed to hold on, winning 6-3.

But Delhi quickly doused mounting hopes of a Mumbai comeback, claiming the men’s doubles match. The Delhi pair Kevin Anderson-Sanam Singh broke Tommey Robredo-Sriram Balaji twice to win the match 6-3.

Mumbai needed a big-margin victory from Tommy Robredo in the men’s singles contest against Kevin Anderson and established a 4-2 lead. The competition got intense and Anderson managed to execute a terrific turnaround to square it at 5-5.

The match stretched to the tie-breaker where Robredo won 5-3. But according to the tournament rules, the winner of the last match, the men’s singles, must have a two game gap to win the contest. But Anderson didn’t provide him with any scope, winning his service game to end the contest 6-6, thus handing his team a second successive win in the tournament.

CTL’s Mumbai team launched

Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar will be the co-owner of the Mumbai Tennis Masters, the city franchise of the Champions Tennis League (CTL), promoted by the legendary Vijay Amritraj.

P Rohit Reddy of Aurobindo Pharma Ltd, is the other co-owner of the team. Tennis great Sergi Bruguera along with Tommy Robredo and Alize Cornet will be part of Mumbai team.

The inaugural CTL will see six city-based teams play 13 matches over a ten-day period starting November 17.The teams will be divided into two groups, each having three combinations, where all teams play each other on home and away basis. The team with the highest number of games won in their respective group will play each other in the grand finale.

The Mumbai-leg will take place on November 23 and 24 at Mumbai University’s Kalina Campus.

CTL teams will feature male and female players with international rankings between No. 5 and No. 25. Each of the 6 teams will also have an international legend as their playing captain, apart from a noted Indian male player, plus a top ranked junior Indian girl and boy from each city.

“An opportunity like CTL is a step towards a revolution that was long due for our country. With the growing popularity of alternate sports and specifically tennis, it’s a proud moment to present this opportunity to all the avid followers of tennis to experience the best players and a league that will be pure sports with entertainment,” said Akhtar.

Amritraj said that his goal for the first year of the ambitious league is to see top foreign players enjoy their stay in India and provide high quality action to fans. “We also aim to provide a fantastic television coverage which tennis fans across the globe, especially North America can enjoy,” said Amritraj.