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CTL 2014: Hyderabad lead Bangalore 15-11 after three matches

PTI 21 Nov 2014, 23:13:20 PM IST

Bengaluru: Impressive wins by Martina Hingis and Mark Philippoussis in their singles matches helped Hyderabad Aces take a 15-11 lead over Bangalore Raptors at the end of the third match in their Champions Tennis League group tie here Friday.

Australian Mark Philippoussis beat Bangalore's Thomas Enquist 6-4 in the legend's singles before home team's mixed doubles pair of Mikhail Youzhny and Martina Hingis - lost to power-packed combination of Venus Williams and Feliciano Lopez.

Losing the mixed doubles to Bangalore, it put Hyderabad at par and it all depended on Hingis to bring the visitors into the reckoning after she decimated the former world No 1 Venus 6-1 as the American looked tired and out of sorts, playing immediately after the mixed doubles.

Hingis was right on money, playing with precision as she made just five unforced errors compared to Venus' 18 - far too many and unexpected of a class player she is.

Venus hit five winners compared to Hingis' six and yet it was not enough to make any impression in the match.

Bangalore received a jolt early on in the opening game when Enqvist, who was leading 2-0, lost the momentum to the big serving pro Mark Philippoussis, who broke twice in the eighth and the tenth game to clinch the opener 6-4 for Hyderabad.

Philippoussis produced three consecutive aces in the seventh game for which he is famous and that really set the tone for the big Australian to forge ahead in the next three games to pocket a crucial win against Bangalore, who had lost earlier two contests.

Enqvist had far too many unforced errors to his name in the stats column and eassayed six winners against Philippoussis' eleven, which made the difference.