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IPTL: Indian Aces beat Singapore Slammers 24-19 in Hyderabad to stay top

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There's no place like home, and the Indian Aces took advantage of that fact. The local team landed in Hyderabad already as the leaders of the International Premier Tennis League. But that was not enough; they wanted more. They wanted to start the last leg, at home, with a win and the Aces were simply unstoppable.

The Indian side beat the reigning champions OUE Singapore Slammers with a sensational 24-19 the same day that Sania Mirza got to enjoy a sweet homecoming, playing in front of her hometown crowd.

After delivering yesterday the most spectacular set so far in the competition, Marcelo Melo / Marcos Baghdatis and Feliciano Lopez / Ivan Dodig offered a new chapter of this special rivalry. This time, though, Aces duo Lopez and Dodig didn’t give their opponents any chances, coming out on top 6-2.

It was the same story in the Men’s singles, as López needed just 17 minutes to deny Nick Kyrgios a single game. After two sets, the Aces had already made a statement and were leading 12-2.

Kiki Bertens gave the Slammers a boost when she beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-2 before Spaniard Carlos Moya carried over her momentum to beat Aces coach/player Thomas Enqvist 6-4.

Just as the Slammers were closing in, home hero Mirza and her fellow Indian partner Rohan Bopanna beat Melo / Bertens in style 6-5 to wrap up a memorable win for the Aces.