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Washington Kastles win WTT Eastern conference title: Keep win streak alive at 15

The Washington Kastles moved one step closer to their second World TeamTennis title and the first undefeated season in WTT Pro League history with a 23-15 victory over the Boston Lobsters in the WTT Eastern Conference Championship final.  The Kastles advance to Sunday’s WTT Finals presented by GEICO to face the winner of Saturday’s Western Conference Championship match.

Leander Paes, who was announced as the 2011 WTT Male MVP prior to the match, partnered with Rennae Stubbs to power past Boston’s Eric Butorac and Mashona Washington, 5-2, in the opening set.  That opening match set the tone for the rest of the first half as Stubbs and Arina Rodionova dominated Washington and her partner Irina Falconi in women’s doubles 5-1.  The Kastles cruised to a 15-5 halftime lead after Paes and Bobby Reynolds defeated Butorac and Jan-Michael Gambill in men’s doubles, 5-2.

Falconi tried to turn the tide in women’s singles as she faced off against WTT’s Female Rookie of the Year Rodionova.  Falconi jumped out to a 3-1 lead before Rodionova shifted gears and evened out the set at 4-4.  Falconi hit a crosscourt forehand winner for the 5-4 victory and the first set win for the Lobsters.

Gambill won men’s singles 5-3 to send the match into overtime.  Reynolds closed out Washington’s 15th consecutive victory by winning the first Overtime game to give the Kastles the 23-15 win.  The win gives 2011 Coach of the Year Murphy Jensen and his squad a shot at making WTT history in Sunday’s final.  No team in WTT history has ever gone undefeated throughout the entire regular and post-season.

The St. Louis Aces and the Sacramento Capitals face off for the Western Conference title at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 23.  The winner will play the Kastles at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 24, for the King Trophy in the WTT Finals.  The Finals will be televised live on Tennis Channel and live streamed on http://video.wtt.com.

FINAL RESULTS FROM THE EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:

(Home teams in capital letters)

WASHINGTON KASTLES def. Boston Lobsters 23-15 (OT)

Mixed Doubles – Leander Paes\Rennae Stubbs (Kastles) def. Eric Butorac\Mashona Washington (Lobsters) 5-2

Women’s Doubles – Arina Rodionova\Rennae Stubbs (Kastles) def. Irina Falconi\Mashona Washington (Lobsters) 5-1

Men’s Doubles – Leander Paes\Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Eric Butorac\Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Irina Falconi (Lobsters) def. Arina Rodionova (Kastles) 5-4

Men’s Singles – Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) def. Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) 5-3

Overtime – Men’s Singles – Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) 1-0

Next Match: 7/23/2011

Western Conference Championship:  Sacramento Capitals @ ST. LOUIS ACES, 5:00 PM (EDT)

For live scoring and complete player / match statistics, please visit www.WTT.com

Boston, St, Louis and Sacramento join Washington for WTT finals weekend in Charleston

The Sacramento Capitals are the final team to qualify for the 2011 WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO.  The Capitals defeated the Springfield Lasers 21-17 on Thursday evening to qualify as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.  Sacramento will face off against the St. Louis Aces on Saturday, July 23 at 5p.m. ET at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.o

Three of the four playoff spots were decided on the final night of the 2011 regular season.  The St. Louis Aces posted a 23-15 win over the Kansas City Explorers to earn the top seed in the West.  The Boston Lobsters overpowered the Newport Beach Breakers 22-14 to advance to Charleston, where they will take on the Washington Kastles for the Eastern Conference title.

Washington completed only the second undefeated regular season in WTT’s 36-year history with a 25-11 win over Philadelphia Freedoms on Thursday.  The only other team to finish 14-0 during the regular season was the 1994 Newport Beach Dukes.

For more information on the WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO, visit www.WTT.com/Finals.

SCHEDULE:  2011 WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO

July 22-24 – Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.

Friday, July 22 – 7 p.m.:  Eastern Conference Championship –  #1 Washington Kastles (14-0) vs. #2 Boston Lobsters (7-7) — Live Video Streaming on http://video.wtt.com

Saturday, July 23 – 5 p.m.:  Western Conference Championship — #1 St. Louis Aces (8-6) vs. #2 Sacramento Capitals (8-6)

Sunday, July 24 – 5 p.m.:  WTT Finals – Eastern Conference Champion vs. Western Conference Champion — LIVE Broadcast on Tennis Channel // Live Video Streaming on http://video.wtt.com

 

World TeamTennis Pro League presented by GEICO – Results for Thursday, 7/21

(Home teams in capital letters)

FINAL RESULTS – All matches complete:

WASHINGTON KASTLES def. Philadelphia Freedoms 25-11

Mixed Doubles – Leander Paes\Rennae Stubbs (Kastles) def. Liga Dekmeijere\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 5-2

Women’s Doubles – Arina Rodionova\Rennae Stubbs (Kastles) def. Liga Dekmeijere\Beatrice Capra (Freedoms) 5-1

Men’s Doubles – Leander Paes\Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Nathan Healey\Brendan Evans (Freedoms) 5-3

Women’s Singles – Arina Rodionova (Kastles) def. Beatrice Capra (Freedoms) 5-3

Men’s Singles – Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Brendan Evans (Freedoms) 5-2

ST LOUIS ACES def. Kansas City Explorers 23-15

Men’s Singles – Mark Philippoussis (Aces) def. Alex Kuznetsov (Explorers) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Varvara Lepchenko (Aces) def. Jarmila Gajdosova (Explorers) 5-3

Men’s Doubles – Alex Kuznetsov\Ricardo Mello (Explorers) def. Mark Philippoussis\Jean-Julien Rojer (Aces) 5-3

Women’s Doubles – Liezel Huber\Varvara Lepchenko (Aces) def. Jarmila Gajdosova\Kveta Peschke (Explorers) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Liezel Huber\Jean-Julien Rojer (Aces) def. Alex Kuznetsov\Jarmila Gajdosova (Explorers) 5-2

Boston Lobsters def. NEWPORT BEACH BREAKERS 22-14

Men’s Singles – Lester Cook (Breakers) def. Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) 5-2

Men’s Doubles – Jan-Michael Gambill\Eric Butorac (Lobsters) def. Lester Cook\Travis Rettenmaier (Breakers) 5-2

Mixed Doubles – Eric Butorac\Coco Vandeweghe (Lobsters) def. Travis Rettenmaier\Marie-Eve Pelletier (Breakers) 5-3

Women’s Doubles – Mashona Washington\Coco Vandeweghe (Lobsters) def. Marie-Eve Pelletier\Anne Keothavong (Breakers) 5-1

Women’s Singles – Coco Vandeweghe (Lobsters) def. Anne Keothavong (Breakers) 5-3

SACRAMENTO CAPITALS def. Springfield Lasers 21-17

Men’s Singles – Dusan Vemic (Capitals) def. Greg A Jones (Lasers) 5-4

Women’s Doubles – Vania King\Yasmin Schnack (Capitals) def. Carly Gullickson\Lilia Osterloh (Lasers) 5-0

Men’s Doubles – Greg A Jones\Rik De Voest (Lasers) def. Mark Knowles\Dusan Vemic (Capitals) 5-4

Women’s Singles – Lilia Osterloh (Lasers) def. Vania King (Capitals) 5-2

Mixed Doubles – Vania King\Mark Knowles (Capitals) def. Carly Gullickson\Rik De Voest (Lasers) 5-3

Standings

Eastern Conference              MP W L PCT MB

y – Washington Kastles           14  14  0 1.000  —

x – Boston Lobsters                 14  7  7 0.500  7

New York Sportimes              14  7  7 0.500  7

Philadelphia Freedoms            14  3  11 0.214  11

Western Conference                         MP W L PCT MB

y – St Louis Aces                    14  8  6  0.571  —

x – Sacramento Capitals          14  8  6  0.571  —

Kansas City Explorers            14  8  6  0.571  —

Newport Beach Breakers        14  4  10  0.286  4

Springfield Lasers                   14  4  10  0.286  4

x = Clinched playoff spot

y = Clinched #1 seed for Conference Championship

Next Matches: 7/22/2011

Eastern Conference Finals:  Boston Lobsters @ WASHINGTON KASTLES, 7:00 PM (EDT) at Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.

For live scoring and complete player / match statistics, please visit www.WTT.com

Sportimes rally past Aces, 16-15; McEnroe vs. Borg slated for Thursday at Randall’s Island

Martina Hingis and Jesse Witten won singles events, both by 5-0 counts, and Hingis won a super-tiebreak over Liezel Huber, 7-6, as the New York SPORTIMES rallied for a 16-15 World TeamTennis victory over the St. Louis Aces at SPORTIME on Randall’s Island Monday night.

The SPORTIMES (5-1) trailed the entire match, finally earning a tie on Hingis’s 5-0 victory in the fifth event, women’s singles.  By WTT rules, Hingis’ win over Maria Sanchez (with Huber replacing her for the final game) evened the match at 15, extending the match to a super tiebreak.  With the super-tiebreak tied at 6-6, Hingis won the deciding point, coming to the net after a 12-ball rally and stroking the winner.

The Sportimes next home match will be Thursday, July 14 against Philadephia when John McEnroe of the Sportimes will face his legendary rival Bjorn Borg.
Jean-Julien Rojer and Roman Borvanov’s opening event men’s doubles win, Huber and Sanchez topped the SPORTIMES’ duo of Hingis and Katie O’Brien, 5-1, to give the Aces (4-2) a commanding 10-3 match lead.  Witten swept a 5-0 third event over Borvanov to pull the hosts to within 10-8.  Huber and Rojer’s 5-2 win extended the Aces’ margin to 15-10 before Hingis’s heroics gave the SPORTIMES their fifth straight win.

New York visits first-place Washington in a battle of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference on Tuesday, while Western Conference-leading St. Louis continues its eastern swing against winless Philadelphia.

World TeamTennis at New York

N.Y. Sportimes 16, St. Louis Aces 15
Men’s Doubles – Roman Borvanov/Jean-Julien Rojer (St. L.) def. Travis Parrott/Jesse Witten, 5-2
Women’s Doubles – Liezel Huber/Maria Sanchez (St. L.) def. Martina Hingis/Katie O’Brien, 5-1
Men’s Singles – Jesse Witten (N.Y.) def. Roman Borvanov, 5-0
Mixed Doubles – Liezel Huber/Jean-Julien Rojer  (St. L.) def. Martina Hingis/Travis Parrott, 5-2
Women’s Singles – Martina Hingis def. Maria Sanchez (Liezel Huber replaced Sanchez in Game 5), 5-0
Super Tiebreak – Martina Hingis def. Liezel Huber, 16-15.

Kim Clijsters concludes WTT Comeback en Route to U.S. Open

King of Prussia, Pa. (July 22, 2009) – Kim Clijsters completed her debut World TeamTennis season, leading the St. Louis Aces to a 21-17 victory over the Philadelphia Freedoms. Clijsters, the 2005 U.S.Open Champion, is making her return to professional tennis after a two year hiatus following the birth of her daughter.

The match opened with women’s doubles featuring Clijsters and Liga Dekmeijere for the Aces against the Freedoms’ Lisa Raymond and Madison Keys. Clijsters appeared in top form as the Aces tandem earned a 5-2 victory over the Freedoms. The former world no.1 continued her dominant play in women’s singles with a decisive 5-3 win over 14 year old phenom Madison Keys. Clijsters completed her Philadelphia “trifecta,” partnering with Tripp Philips to earn a hardfought 5-4 win over Raymond and Nathan Healey in mixed doubles.

The men took center stage following halftime. Reading, PA resident Healey played perhaps his best tennis of the season for the Freedoms, dominantly defeating the Aces’ Mislav Hizak 5-1 in men’s singles. The Freedoms finished out their 2009 season with men’s doubles, where Hizak and Phillips of the Aces prevailed over Healey and Josh Cohen 5-3.

The Freedoms conclude their 2009 season with a record of 4-10. For full coverage of the Freedoms season in review, go to philadelphiafreedoms.com. Though the Freedoms are missing the 2009 World TeamTennis playoffs, be sure to follow all the action from the conference championships and the Advanta WTT Finals with live scoring on WTT.com. The conference championships take place on July 24 with the finals taking place in Kastles Stadium in Washington, D.C. on July 26.

Advanta World TeamTennis Pro League – Results for Wednesday, 7/22

FINAL RESULTS:

(Home teams in capital letters)

St. Louis Aces def. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS 21-17

Women’s Doubles – Kim Clijsters\Liga Dekmeijere (Aces) def. Madison Keys\Lisa Raymond (Freedoms) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Kim Clijsters (Aces) def. Madison Keys (Aces) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Kim Cljisters\Tripp Phillips (Aces) def. Lisa Raymond\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 5-4

Men’s Singles – Nathan Healey (Freedoms) def. Mislav Hizak (Aces) 5-1

Men’s Doubles – Mislav Hizak and Tripp Phillips (Aces) def. Nathan Healey\Josh Cohen (Freedoms) 5-3

The 2009 Philadelphia Freedoms season featured the greatest lineup of tennis stars ever seen in Philadelphia – Andre Agassi, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Kim Clijsters, and Anna Kournikova – each appeared during one home match in July.

The Freedoms play their matches at the 3,000 seat Freedoms Stadium at the King of Prussia Mall. All events feature world-class tennis in an innovative, fast-paced World TeamTennis format. Each evening includes exciting Block Parties produced by Comcast Spectacor and featuring USTA Quick Start Tennis, live music, inflatables, mascots, kids’ games, prizes, food, and much more.

2009 Freedoms Sponsors include Advanta, Abington Hospital, Fidelity Investments, Beneficial Bank, Lincoln Mercury, Novo Nordisk, Comcast Cable, Skinny Water, USTA Middle States, 23K, Museum Catering, Endo Pharmaceuticals, ACME, Energy Plus, Macy’s, Dolce Valley Forge, McShane Sports Medicine, Excel Physical Therapy, Maui Wowi, CBS 3, WIP, WPHT, KYW Radio, WOGL, Bertolinis, Mortons Steakhouse, The Inquirer, and Drexel University Sport Management.

NY Sportimes defeat Freedoms in John McEnroe’s Return to Philadelphia

King of Prussia, Pa. (July 14, 2009) – Tennis icon John McEnroe says that he will continue playing World TeamTennis as long as league co-founder Billie Jean King continues to invite him. Despite turning 50 years-old this past February, McEnroe prides himself on his remarkable ability to play competitively against players half his age. Playing for the visiting New York Sportimes tonight in Philadelphia, McEnroe once again defied the odds using his patented finesse game to outfox the Freedoms. McEnroe opened the match by teaming with Robert Kendrick to defeat the Freedoms team of Nathan Healey and Eric Nunez 5-4 in a tightly played, back-and-forth set of men’s doubles. The Freedoms came right back in women’s doubles, as Madison Keys and Lisa Raymond defeated Christina Fusano and Abigail Spears 5-3, giving the Freedoms an overall lead of
9-8 through two sets.

McEnroe starred again in the third set, playing against the Freedoms’ Healey in men’s singles. Despite trailing 2-3 midway through the set, McEnroe stormed back with a combination of determination and guile to take the set 5-4 in a tiebreaker. Perhaps taking inspiration from her legendary teammate, Abigail Spears fought off the 14 year-old Keys to win women’s singles 5-2. The teams entered the final set, mixed doubles, with the Sportimes leading 18-15. Despite a valiant effort from the Freedoms team of Raymond and Healey, Spears and Kendrick took the set 5-3 to win the match for the Sportimes 23-18. The Freedoms return home on Monday, July 20 to face the legendary Martina Navratilova and the Boston Lobsters. The Freedoms home season concludes with a visit from former world no.1 player and 2005 U.S. Open Champion Kim Clijsters and the St. Louis Aces on Wednesday, July 22. Tickets for both matches can be purchased by calling 866-WTT-TIXS or visiting philadelphiafreedoms.com.

Advanta World TeamTennis Pro League – Results for Tuesday, 7/14

FINAL RESULTS:
(Home teams in capital letters)
New York Sportimes def. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS 23-18
Men’s Doubles – Robert Kendrick\John McEnroe (Sportimes) def. Nathan
Healey\Eric Nunez (Freedoms) 5-4
Women’s Doubles – Madison Keys\Lisa Raymond (Freedoms) def. Christina
Fusano\Abigail Spears (Sportimes) 5-3
Men’s Singles – John McEnroe (Sportimes) def. Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 5-4
Women’s Singles – Abigail Spears (Sportimes) def. Madison Keys (Freedoms) 5-2
Mixed Doubles – Christina Fusano\Robert Kendrick (Sportimes) def.
Lisa Raymond\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 5-3

The 2009 Philadelphia Freedoms season features the greatest lineup of tennis stars ever seen in Philadelphia – Andre Agassi, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Kim Clijsters, and Anna Kournikova – each appearing during one home match in July.

The Freedoms have two remaining home matches at the 3,000 seat Freedoms Stadium at the King of Prussia Mall. All events will feature world-class tennis in an innovative, fast-paced World TeamTennis format. Each evening will include exciting Block Parties produced by Comcast Spectacor and featuring USTA Quick Start Tennis, live music, inflatables, mascots, kids’ games, prizes, food, and much more.

PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS 2009 REMAINING HOME SCHEDULE
Monday, July 20 Boston Lobsters (Navratilova) at Philadelphia Freedoms
Wednesday, July 22 St. Louis Aces (Clijsters) at Phildelphia Freedoms

All Matches Begin at 7:30 p.m.

2009 Freedoms Sponsors include Advanta, Abington Hospital, Fidelity Investments, Beneficial Bank, Lincoln Mercury, Novo Nordisk, Comcast Cable, Skinny Water, USTA Middle States, 23K, Museum Catering, Endo Pharmaceuticals, ACME, Energy Plus, Macy’s, Dolce Valley Forge, McShane Sports Medicine, Excel Physical Therapy, Maui Wowi, CBS 3, WIP, WPHT, KYW Radio, WOGL, Bertolinis, Mortons Steakhouse, The Inquirer, and Drexel University Sport Management.

Presenting Sponsor
Advanta, a long-time supporter of tennis programs and youth fitness activities, is proud to be the title sponsor of World TeamTennis. Through the Advanta WTT Pro League, Rec League and Advanta WTT Smash Hits, Advanta helps to bring world class tennis to communities throughout the country. In addition to the Advanta WTT Pro League which currently features co-ed teams in 10 U.S. markets, the Advanta Championships showcased top players from both the ATP and WTA Tours from the mid-1990s to 2005. In 2009, World TeamTennis and Advanta continue to promote youth fitness and introduce kids to tennis with the “Ready, Set, Racquet!” program. At select WTT events this season, kids ages 4-16 will receive a free junior racquet and cover. Since 2003, more than 140,000 free racquets have been distributed. Advanta also continues to be involved in numerous tennis charities including Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education and Philadelphia Wheelchair Tennis programs. To learn more about Advanta, visit www.advanta.com.

Charitable Partner
Abington Health is a not-for-profit, regional healthcare provider for residents of Montgomery, Bucks and parts of Philadelphia counties. With longstanding roots in the community, Abington Health is comprised of two suburban hospitals: Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington and Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township. In addition to the two hospitals, Abington Health has convenient outpatient facilities, including Abington Health Center — Schilling Campus in Willow Grove, Abington Health Center — Warminster Campus in Bucks County and Abington Physicians at
Montgomeryville in North Wales, that offer routine and sophisticated testing and diagnostic services. Together these facilities serve more than 44,000 inpatients, 100,000 emergency patients and well over 500,000 outpatient visits annually.

About Advanta WTT Pro League
The 34th season of the Advanta WTT Pro League runs July 2-26, concluding with the Advanta WTT Finals on July 26 in Washington, D.C., where teams battle for the coveted King Trophy. WTT is well known for introducing innovative elements to tennis including instant replay, co-ed format, multi-colored courts, cumulative and no-ad scoring, on-court coaching, Supertiebreakers and names on the back of players’ shirts. Team matches consist of five events, with one set each of men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles. The first team to reach five games wins each set. A nine-point tiebreaker is played if a set reaches four-all. One point is awarded for each game won. If necessary, Overtime and a Supertiebreaker are played to determine the winner of the match. Advanta is the title sponsor of the Advanta WTT Pro League. Official Advanta WTT Pro League sponsors for the 2009 season include DecoTurf, FirmGreen Energy, GEICO, Turfer Athletic and Wilson Racquet Sports. The United States Tennis Association is a minority owner and promotional partner of World TeamTennis. WTT and the USTA are teaming up on number of initiatives, including development of the youth market through junior team tennis programs.

For more information on the Advanta WTT Pro League, visit www.wtt.com.