Eugenie Bouchard, Jelena Jankovic in IPTL matches soon
Canadian Eugenie Bouchard and Jelena Jankovic are among the female stars expected to contest the International Premier Tennis League’s matches on Friday and into the weekend.
The International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) kicks off its third season of action soon. The lesser-known tennis league runs during the offseasons of both the ATP and the WTA. The entire IPTL season lasts just over a week and it features unique team-style tennis. In this league players from men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles, and legends’ singles all contribute efforts to an individual match result.
Two talented players from the WTA that will participate in the IPTL soon are both Eugenie Bouchard and Jelena Jankovic. Bouchard is a part of the India Aces while Jankovic is a part of the Japan Warriors. The two players are each a part of teams that are going head-to-head on Friday in a match that will be played from Japan. Bouchard’s female teammate is Sania Mirza while Jankovic is joined by Kurumi Nara. I would expect Bouchard and Jankovic to go head to head in the women’s singles component of the match, while Mirza and Nara will probably play in mixed doubles.
Other women’s tennis players that will be active on Friday are Martina Hingis and Kiki Bertens. They are the only women’s players listed as entrants in the upcoming match between the UAE Royals and the Singapore Slammers. Accordingly, it seems that they will have to perform double duty in women’s singles and mixed doubles on Friday.
The matches continue over the weekend in round-robin style. On Saturday, Bouchard, Mirza, Bertens, Nara, Jankovic, and Hingis will be active again. Furthermore, the same women’s players are listed as the entrants for Sunday’s match, the last one that will be played in Japan. After that, the league quickly shifts over to Singapore. That change in venue, according to the web page for the IPTL, will see Serena Williams represent the Slammers while Ana Ivanovic will represent the Royals. That will take some of the burden off of Bertens and Hingis respectively.
After Singapore on the 6th, 7th, and 8th the IPTL shifts to India where the last matches will be played ahead of the December 11th final. The event is considered pretty evenly balanced and the sportsbooks that offer odds on the league do not make any particular team a heavy favorite (ie. betway). However, the team that I like the most is the Japan Warriors. Nara is coming of age and Jankovic is always tough. Kei Nishikori promises to be strong in Japan while legends Fernando Gonzalez and Marat Safin have not been retired all that long yet.