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Singapore Slammers thrash Indian Aces 30-14 to retain IPTL Crown

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After a 10-day 3-nation tour, the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) 2016 culminated in an exciting grand finale with an epic showdown between the two table-shoppers, at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in the historic city of Hyderabad.

The OUE Singapore Slammers retained the IPTL title in a rematch of last's years final although this time it was played in the Aces home ground. A stunning 30-14 victory was set up by a marvelous display by each player of the Singapore side.

"We are waiting for the final", said the Slammers coach Purav Raja. And he didn't lie. The Indian professional tennis player was aware of the comfortable Head-to-head that the Aces have had in this 2016 edition: a 3-0 in matches, with narrow, tight and strong wins. But he also knew that this previous results could go in their favour.

As for the match, there is absolutely no doubt that Carlos Moyà could still play on tour. The former world number one, now retired, was once again in spectacular form. With an outstanding seven wins in a row, the Spaniard started things off precisely the way that coach Raja wanted. Beating Mark Philippoussis 6-4 and also setting a very high standard for his team.

Kiki Bertens continued with her sensational powerful game and the Dutch-woman not only beat Kirsten Flipkens. She also defeated the Belgian's substitute, the queen of Hyderabad herself, Sania Mirza. The Indian tennis star played her first singles game of the year and was close to upset Bertens, who was extremely relieved once the set was over, winning it 6-3.

In the Mixed doubles set, Marcelo Melo came with great confidence and, alongside Bertens, neutralized the power of the Indian duo Mirza/Bopanna 6-1. Everything looked on the Slammers bright side. Two more sets and the title would be renewed.

Nick Kyrgios joined Melo and hammered Feliciano López and Ivan Dodig 6-2. All their sets have been spectacular this season and the final one was not an exception. After four sets, the four were on the Slammers side. It all came down to Marcos Baghdatis who sealed the final victory with a great 6-4 win over Feliciano López.

Raja was right. His team delivered when it mattered. For a second straight year, the OUE Singapore Slammers are the IPTL champions.