TITLE: Punjab Marshalls after their win
Punjab Marshalls won the 2015 Champions Tennis League (CTL) title after scoring a hard-fought victory over Hyderabad Aces in the final at the Lal Bahadur Stadium last Sunday (6).
In a format where the winner is decided on the basis of the total number of points obtained in the five-set game, Punjab earned 22 points against 21 by Hyderabad.
The first set of the game, the Legends Singles between Hyderabad’s Thomas Johansson and Greg Rusedski of Punjab, was a close contest. A tie-breaker was thrown up with the players tied at 4-4 but Rusedski clinched the decider 5-4.
The next set was the eagerly-awaited contest of the day, the women’s singles clash between Swiss veteran Martina Hingis (Hyderabad) and Punjab’s Elina Svitolina. It went to another tie-breaker, with Svitolina winning 5-4.
Hyderabad had an easy win in the next set of mixed doubles between Ivo Karlovic and Hingis (Hyderabad) and Marcos Baghdatis and Svitolina.
The seasoned Hingis and her doubles partner Karlovic, who is almost 7ft tall, proved too talented for their rivals to tame. The Hyderabad pair won the set 5-2.
The next set of men’s doubles witnessed a keen contest between Karlovic and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (Hyderabad) and Baghdatis and Saketh Myneni (Punjab).
The set was a long-drawn affair with the two upcoming Indian players impressive. Winning the tie-breaker meant the Punjab side managed to wrest the set 5-4 from the hosts.
With the score at 17-17, the outcome of the match depended on the last set of men’s singles between Karlovic and Baghdatis.
The match also ended up in a tie-break with both sides level at four games each.
Baghdatis though had the last laugh as he rounded off the game 5-4. The Punjab side made use of the Super Point and managed to edge out their rivals to win the title.