Slammers beat Mavericks at the death

The OUE Singapore Slammers recorded their first victory of the 2015 IPTL when they beat the Philippine Mavericks 26-24, after Nick Kyrgios won the key men's singles match in Kobe on Wednesday.

The Mavericks drew first blood in the encounter when Mark Philippoussos beat Carlos Moya 6-4. The big-serving Aussie struggled to land his first serve, finishing with a 48 percent percentage over the five games. 

However, Philippoussos was able to pounce when he had the opportunity, breaking serve on both occasions that he had a break opportunity to cancel out Moya's lone break.

The Slammers came back into the match when Karolina Pliskova beat Serena Williams by the same scoreline to level the encounter.

Williams was far from her best and made a total of 13 unforced errors in the match dominated by Pliskova, who hit 11 winners.

The doubles pair of Richard Gasquet and Edouard Roger-Vasselin put the Mavericks back into a 16-14 lead after triumphing against Marcelo Melo and Dustin Brown.

In what proved to be a reasonably even encounter, the Mavericks pair made fewer unforced errors and managed to create more break opportunities than their opponents.

Melo then teamed up with Belinda Bencic and the Slammers mixed doubles pair trumped Roger-Vasselin and Jarmila Gajdosova to level matters at 20-all.

There were five breaks of serve in the mixed doubles tie, with the Slammers pair making fewer unforced errors than their Mavericks opponent to take ensure the men's singles match starts on an even keel.

In the men's singles, Kyrgios proved far too good for Milos Raonic, despite the 6-4 scoreline in their encounter.

The Aussie landed five aces to Raonic's one, and landed 83 percent of his first serves as opposed to the 48 percent of the Canadian.

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