Thursday, July 10, 2014

WTT: Washington Kastles 25 Boston Lobsters 8

Kastles Head Coach Murphy Jensen celebrates

Kastles Cruise in Home Opener

The three-time defending WTT champions opened their 2014 home campaign in grandiose style last night, crushing the Boston Lobsters 25-8 at Charles E. Smith Center before an exuberant crowd of 2,554. The Washington Kastles (3-0) appeared even more dominant than usual, matching a franchise record for biggest margin of victory, and sending notice to everyone that 3-in-a-row won't be enough.

To be honest, I doubt anyone could have bested the Kastles last night, as they christened their new indoor digs with one of the most dominant performances in team history. After team owner Mark Ein unveiled last season's championship banner, Martina Hingis and Leander Paes took the court and cruised past Eric Butorac and Megan Moulton-Levy 5-1 to win the Mixed Doubles first set.

Martina Hingis was all smiles last night

Next up... Women's Singles, where Hingis literally took apart Caitlin Whoriskey 5-0 to boost the Kastles' lead to 10-1. I think it's safe to say, the home team had this one safely in hand by this point. Kevin Anderson, the #17 ranked men's player in the world then put things completely out of reach, topping fellow South African Rik de Voest 5-1 after losing his serve in the first game. Obviously, the Lobsters could have used star John Isner; but without the hard-serving American (ranked #12 in the world) the Kastles led 15-2 after three sets.

Charismatic Kastles coach Murphy Jensen took the court for a friendly game of mixed doubles before giving way to Hingis and Women's Doubles partner Anastasia Rodionova, who dismantled Moulton-Levy and Whoriskey 5-2 to push the Kastles' lead to 20-4.

Kevin Anderson easily won Men's Singles

Anderson and Paes started the fifth and final set, winning an exciting (and competitive) Men's Double vs. Butorac and de Voest 5-4 in a 28-minute finale. Kastles closer Bobby Reynolds came on in relief of Anderson, and hit some incredible shots to help close the door on the visitors.

Hingis and Leander Paes (r) win again!

Last night's motto was, "Refuse to lose," and the Kastles had no trouble complying. Washington returns tonight to host the Philadelphia Freedoms (1-1.) Tickets start at just $8 and are available at the box office or online (click here.)

Anastasia Rodionova shined in Women's Doubles

Click here for last night's box score.

Kastles celebrate Kevin Anderson's Men's Singles victory

Paes and Jensen (r) celebrate... Sense a theme here?

Kastles Cheerleaders

And we thought Kevin Anderson (6'8) was tall...

Leander Paes serves

Martina Hingis

Kastles closer Bobby Reynolds