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2016 SINGAPORE Day Six: The JAPAN WARRIORS edged out the UAE ROYALS to win their second consecutive match. Tomas Berdych did not play today Thursday, December 8, 2016

Posted on December 8, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Japan Warriors make two in a row

08 December 2016

Japan Warriors edge out a close contest to get a second consecutive win on the board.

From being at the bottom of the table to find themselves in contention, the Japan Warriors had a resurrection match against the UAE Royals with a 23-20 win over the Emirati side.

The momentum switched right on time for the Japanese team, who came back from a 1-2 set deficit. It was all about faith, and Kurumi Nara proved it. She was the star and oxygen for her team, right when it was needed.

“Without Kurumi we wouldn’t have won the match”, said her Warriors coach Josh Eagle. “She is our secret weapon.”

Match Highlights

Fernando Verdasco handled the Japan Warriors leadership perfectly by taking the first set against Pablo Cuevas with a stunning 6-2 win to open the match.

Both players faced each other again in the Men’s doubles set, and Verdasco, alongside Jean-Julien Rojer, saw Pablo Cuevas and his partner Daniel Nestor neutralize a break to take the set to a Shoot-Out, where the Royals levelled the match.

The Mixed doubles was a monologue from the Royals side. Martina Hingis and Daniel Nestor were unstoppable and took a 15-minute win over Jelena Jankovic and Rojer.

The MVP award went to Kurumi Nara. In her second set of this year’s IPTL, the Japanese woman was simply spectacular. She beat a combined rival between Ana Ivanovic and Martina Hingis, taking the set with a perfect 6-0.

It all came down in the Legends set. Goran Ivansevic versus Marat Safin. First, the Warriors’ Russian star assured the bonus point for his team when he won game number 20, and then, the 2001 Wimbledon champion took the match to overtime and got the bonus point for the Royals. Safin finished the job with his serve and although he lost the set, his team won the match.

INDIAN ACES top the standings table after the end of the Singapore leg of IPTL 2016

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