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Serena Williams comes in too late as Singapore Slammers lose all 3 matches in IPTL first leg

  • Singapore Slammers Serena Williams serves the ball against Manila Mavericks Kirsten Flipkens during their Women's Singles match at the IPTL (International Premier Tennis League) on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 at the Mall of Asia Arena in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The IPTL, featuring four teams, introduces a new format in tennis and a chance for a championship prize of $1-million dollars. Williams won the match. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Singapore Slammers Serena Williams serves the ball against Manila Mavericks Kirsten Flipkens during their Women's Singles match at the IPTL (International Premier Tennis League) on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 at the Mall of Asia Arena in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The IPTL, featuring four teams, introduces a new format in tennis and a chance for a championship prize of $1-million dollars. Williams won the match. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)  (The Associated Press)

  • Singapore Slammers Serena Williams in action against Manila Mavericks Kirsten Flipkens during their Women's Singles match at the IPTL (International Premier Tennis League) on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 at the Mall of Asia Arena in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The IPTL, featuring four teams, introduces a new format in tennis and a chance for a championship prize of $1-million dollars. Williams won the match. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Singapore Slammers Serena Williams in action against Manila Mavericks Kirsten Flipkens during their Women's Singles match at the IPTL (International Premier Tennis League) on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 at the Mall of Asia Arena in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The IPTL, featuring four teams, introduces a new format in tennis and a chance for a championship prize of $1-million dollars. Williams won the match. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)  (The Associated Press)

  • Manila Mavericks Kirsten Flipkens, left, celebrates with Andy Murray after defeating Singapore Slammers Serena Williams and Lleyton Hewitt during their Mixed Doubles match at the IPTL (International Premier Tennis League) on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 at the Mall of Asia Arena in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The IPTL, featuring four teams, introduces a new format in tennis and a chance for a championship prize of $1-million dollars. Manila Maverick won the match. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Manila Mavericks Kirsten Flipkens, left, celebrates with Andy Murray after defeating Singapore Slammers Serena Williams and Lleyton Hewitt during their Mixed Doubles match at the IPTL (International Premier Tennis League) on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 at the Mall of Asia Arena in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The IPTL, featuring four teams, introduces a new format in tennis and a chance for a championship prize of $1-million dollars. Manila Maverick won the match. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)  (The Associated Press)

Serena Williams made a much-awaited appearance at the franchise-based International Premier Tennis League on Sunday but could not lift Singapore Slammers as the team succumbed to a third straight defeat in the first leg.

Williams says she had "a lot of fun" and loves the team atmosphere in the $1 million event which will see remaining legs played in Singapore, New Delhi and Dubai.

Williams, who did not play on the opening two days, defeated Manila Mavericks' Kirsten Flipkens 6-3 in the women's singles but lost the mixed doubles partnering Lleyton Hewitt as Andy Murray and Flipkens combined better for a 6-1 win.

Novak Djokovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic are other prominent names featuring in different legs of the new short-format tournament.