Friday, July 26, 2013

Kastles Advance to WTT Finals

Martina Hingis - Thrice the victor last night

Kastles Rock the Lobsters 25-12; Advance to Sunday's Championship

It's only fitting that the Washington Kastles should cruise into their third straight Mylan World Team Tennis championship on a picture perfect night for tennis in the nation's capital. After acknowledging Martina Hingis and Murphy Jensen as WTT Female MVP and Coach of the Year award winners before the match, the Kastles went on to defeat the Boston Lobsters 25-12, advancing to Sunday's championship game against Andy Roddick and the Springfield Lasers.

Hingis was especially dominant, winning all three of her matches, beginning with a 5-2 victory over Eric Butorac and Katalin Marosi in Mixed Doubles with partner Leander Paes. Hingis & Paes won 16 of 19 service points, and cashed in on the only break opportunity of the set. After that, Hingis teamed with Anastasia Rodionova to dispatch of Marosi and Jill Craybas in just 23 minutes, 5-1. Believe it or not, that took four minutes less than the first set!

Hingis accepts her second WTT Female MVP award in a row

Bobby Reynolds joined in on the fun, combining with Paes on a 5-2 pasting of Butorac and Amir Weintraub in Men's Doubles. Hingis returned for her third win of the night, easing past Craybas 5-2 (thanks to three breaks of service.) Weintraub prevented a shutout, upsetting Reynolds 5-4, before losing all four points (on serve) in OT, to secure the win for the Kastles.

Kastles Cheerleaders
Washington will try for their third straight championship (and fourth in five years) on Sunday vs. Springfield. The Lasers split their regular season series with the Kastles 1-1. Tickets are still available (and cheap!) by visiting Ticketmaster (click here.)

Click here for last night's box score.