Ivanovic cr ushes Han­tu­cho va in f ast­paced league

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MANILA — Ana Ivanovic de­mol­ished Daniela Han­tu­chova in a dom­i­nat­ing In­ter­na­tional P remier Ten­nis League de­but yes­ter­day, but said it was “hard to imag­ine” the g ame e volv­ing t o adopt the much f aster f or­mat.

The Ser­bian world num­ber five rou­tinely broke her fel­low base­liner Han­tu­chova’s serve in a 6­0 match that was over in a whirl­wind 15 min­utes, as the tour­na­ment got un­der­way in M anila.

“I think it will be hard to imag­ine” the f ast­paced, t ele­vi­sion­friendly IPTL f or­mat r eplac­ing t ennis as it is played in the men’s and women’s tours now, Ivanovic told a ne ws con­fer­ence later.

“As for rules it’s very hard be­cause we’ve been play­ing by cer­tain rules for a long long time. ”

The IPTL, which will also have stops in Sing apore, N ew Delhi and Dub ai next month, has a t eam f or­mat with ties con­sist­ing of five one­set matches, with no ad van­tages. T he fir st t o six games wins.

A 20­sec ond shot­clock bet ween points guar­an­tees quick play, and at 5­5, play­ers go int o a timed shoot­out in which they must ac­cu­mu­late the most points bef ore time is up .

Play­ers re­ceiv­ing a serve can also call a “hap­pi­ness po wer point” onc e per set, mean­ing the next point will count dou­ble.

IPTL of­fi­cials ha ve touted the f or­ mat, w hich has at tracted man y t op play­ers on the men’ s and women cir­cuits, as the “fu­tur e” of the sport.

But I vanovic, whose women’s sin­gles ef­fort helped her In­dian Aces team beat H an­tu­chova’s Sing apore Slam­mers 4­1, said it s speed “changes the dy­namic of the g ame a lot” .

“I need some more time and breaks in bet ween,” I vanovic said, e spe­cially with “balls some­time s not be­ing in place”. — S apa­AFP.

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