Ivanovic cr ushes Hantucho va in f astpaced league
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.