Manila, 7thDecember 2015: Home fans enjoyed a superb match this evening as the Philippine Mavericks took on the Legendari Japan Warriors for the second match of the day. With Marat Safin pulling a calf ligament, Thomas Enqvist stepped in to replace him.
The Mavericks won the first set but the Warriors leveled it in set two. The crowd support egged on the home team to take the next two sets, even if the Warriors won the last. At the end of the evening, the scoreline was in favor of the home team, 25-21, much to the delight of a packed arena.
Philippoussis took the opening set 6-2 easily against Enqvist, who was playing his first match this edition and found himself out of rhythm as a result.
Leveling the score in the next set, Kohlschreiber won it for the visitors, 6-3, against Frenchman Gasquet. At this point, the Warriors was feeling upbeat and eager to get their first win in the IPTL.
The mixed doubles pairing of Williams/Raonic was too strong for Lucic/Herbert, who won it 6-4, taking the lead for the home team.
In the women’s singles, Williams took the set convincingly against young Nara, who clearly was overwhelmed facing her stronger opponent. Williams closed it out at 6-3.
Paes/Herbert won the men’s doubles for the Warriors, 6-4, but the clever shot-making and quick reflexes helped them win the match overall.
The Mavericks stay undefeated in their hometown, moving up to 2nd place in the IPTL standings with a 3-1 record. They will face the undefeated Indian Aces next with a chance to share the lead in the standings.
This year’s expansion team, the Japan Warriors are still struggling to find their first win in the International Premier Tennis League and fallen into a deeper hole with five consecutive losses and no wins to boast. The Warriors will now fly to New Delhi for the third leg of the tour to face the UAE Royals on December 10.