Washington Kastles Clinch Fourth Straight Mylan WTT
Eastern Conference Championship
WASHINGTON (July 24, 2014) Ė
The Washington Kastles claimed their fourth consecutive
Mylan World TeamTennis Eastern Conference Championship
on Thursday, defeating the Philadelphia Freedoms 21-16.
Washington now seeks a record-tying fourth straight King
Trophy and travels to the winner of the Mylan WTT
Western Conference Championship between the San Diego
Aviators and Springfield Lasers for Sundayís Mylan WTT
Coming into the clash, the Kastles
and Freedoms had split their season series 2-2, with the
Freedoms prevailing just 24 hours ago in Philadelphia
after saving six match points. The matchup lived up to
its billing until an unfortunate incident changed the
course of the encounter.
Bobby Reynolds led off for the
Kastles in menís singles, winning the first 10 points
before Frank Dancevic dug in for the Freedoms. It was a
fierce battle, but Reynolds drew on his home fans to
push ahead for a 5-3 win.
In womenís singles, Martina Hingis
looked to continue her dominance over Taylor Townsend,
having won all three of their meetings during the
regular season by a combined 15-3 margin. Townsend had
other ideas, executing an aggressive game plan to secure
a 5-2 victory and move the Freedoms ahead 8-7.
Hingis remained on the court to
play mixed doubles with Leander Paes. The two were eager
to wipe away the disappointment of blowing a five-game
lead and six match points a night earlier and it showed,
as they came out firing against Liezel Huber and Marcelo
Melo. Hingis and Paes broke Huberís serve and closed out
a 5-2 win to give the Kastles a 12-10 lead at halftime.
Huber and Townsend hoped to keep
the Freedoms close in womenís doubles versus Hingis and
Anastasia Rodionova. In the first game, Huber was struck
in the back of the head by a Townsend forehand. The
Freedoms would win the game, but a few points later,
Huber was unable to continue. Townsend continued to play
one-on-two and held a game point on her serve, but
Hingis and Rodionova finished off a 5-1 win.
Dancevic and Melo gave the Freedoms
a glimmer of hope by defeating Reynolds and Paes 5-3 in
menís doubles to force Overtime. Reynolds, who announced
he was retiring from professional tennis after the Mylan
WTT season, fittingly sealed the victory for Washington.
The Mylan WTT Finals are
scheduled for Sunday, July 27 at 5:00pm ET on the home
court of the Western Conference Champion.
Mylan World TeamTennis - Results for Thursday,
(Home teams in capital letters)
MYLAN WTT EASTERN
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP: WASHINGTON KASTLES
def. Philadelphia Freedoms 21-16 (OT)
Men's Singles - Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Frank
Dancevic (Freedoms) 5-3
Women's Singles - Taylor Townsend (Freedoms) def.
Martina Hingis (Kastles) 5-2
Mixed Doubles - Martina HingisLeander Paes (Kastles)
def. Liezel HuberMarcelo Melo (Freedoms) 5-2
Women's Doubles - Martina HingisAnastasia Rodionova
(Kastles) def. Liezel HuberTaylor Townsend (Freedoms)
Men's Doubles - Frank DancevicMarcelo Melo
(Freedoms) def. Leander PaesBobby Reynolds (Kastles)
Overtime - Men's Doubles - Leander PaesBobby
Reynolds (Kastles) def. Frank DancevicMarcelo Melo
Late Matches: 7/24/2014
MYLAN WTT WESTERN
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP: Springfield
Lasers @ SAN DIEGO AVIATORS, 7:00 PM PDT (Scheduled)
For live scoring and complete player / match statistics,
please visit www.WTT.com