No easy play for the World Number One Serena Williams on Sunday! Her struggling Singapore Slammers team needs her greatness when she makes her first appearance at the inaugural International Premier Tennis League tournament.
The team was defeated by the Roger Federer-led India Aces yesterday as the IPTL, a speeded-up, television-friendly tennis format, made its debut in Manila. (more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/sports/article/tough-job-for-serena-at-iptl#sthash.fskFKfRJ.dpuf)
And the UAE Royals, headed by Novak Djokovic, beat the Singapore Slammers on Day 2 of the IPTL. (See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/sports/article/tough-job-for-serena-at-iptl#sthash.fskFKfRJ.dpuf)
Serena is set to play Belgian professional Kirsten (“Flipper”) Flipkens, on the Manila Mavericks team, Sunday as the Manila leg of this year’s IPTL tournament ends. She will also play in the mixed doubles.
Josh Eagle, former professional male tennis player & current professional tennis Davis Cup coach from Australia is coaching the Singapore Slammers. “She’s been sending us text messages. She’s really excited about going in,” said Australian coach Josh Eagle. “We’re really excited about Serena coming. She’s an international superstar…. Everyone here in Manila is pretty pumped up and our team has been talking about it,”
Afer Singapore, the IPTL Tour goes on to New Delhi and Dubai next month. The format is quite different and, I find, it most exciting.
A 20-second shot-clock between points guarantees quick play, and at 5-5, players go into a timed shoot-out in which they must accumulate the most points before time is up. Players receiving a serve can also call a “happiness power point” once per set, meaning the next point will count double. (More details at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/sports/article/tough-job-for-serena-at-iptl#sthash.fskFKfRJ.dpuf)
Featured in one of the promos for the inaugural International Premier Tennis League tournament – Serena is appropriately labeled as a tennis player who “Moves Like A Ballerina”…”Hits Like A Warrior”. (Note to US OPEN: this is how you promote the World’s #1 Women’s Champion…OK!!!!)
Seems her team, the SINGAPORE SLAMMERS, is in need of every bit of warrior she possesses…my wager…Serena delivers! Best of all we, Serena fans, get to see her in action and doing what the Isley Brothers sang about…#JAMZwithME (LOL)