2013 MYLAN WTT EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
presented by GEICO
#2 Boston Lobsters (5-9) vs. #1 WASHINGTON KASTLES (12-2)
July 25, 7:10 p.m EDT -- Kastles Stadium at The Wharf
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How they fared in the regular season:
The Washington Kastles and Boston Lobsters competed against one another four times during the regular season, with the Kastles winning all four encounters, including last night’s 25-9 victory that knocked the New York Sportimes out of post season play and propelled the Boston Lobsters into the playoffs. Their match on Sunday, July 21, was their most dramatic; the Kastles fell behind in the final set and Overtime before finally staving off the Lobsters in a 7-3 Supertiebreaker.
The winner of the Eastern Conference Championship will take on either the Texas Wild or Springfield Lasers in the Championship match on July 28 at 5:00 p.m. EDT
TEAM RANKINGS (regular season):
Men’s Singles: Lobsters – 4th, Kastles – 1st
Women’s Singles: Lobsters – 8th, Kastles – 1st
Men’s Doubles: Lobsters – 5th, Kastles – 3rd
Women’s Doubles: Lobsters – 8th, Kastles – 4th
Mixed Doubles: Lobsters – 4th, Kastles – 1st
MYLAN WTT CHAMPIONSHIPS WON BY EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALISTS:
Boston Lobsters: 0
Washington Kastles: 3 – 2009, 2011, 2012
Men’s Singles – Amir Weintraub (Lobsters) vs. Bobby Reynolds (Kastles)
Though the Lobsters and Kastles have met four times this season, Weintraub and Reynolds have only met twice in men’s singles, going 1-1 in their head-to-head. Last night, Reynolds closed out Boston’s Weintraub 5-1 to end the lopsided night for Washington. For the second consecutive season, the American leads the league in men’s singles, the only player to achieve a winning percentage of .600 or better in during regular season play. Having only played one day ago, the momentum will be with the Kastles, who have the pressure of attempting a fourth Mylan WTT Championship title in five years.
Women’s Singles – Jill Craybas (Lobsters) vs. Martina Hingis (Kastles)
The matches between veteran Craybas and former No. 1 Martina Hingis have been entertaining affairs, but the American has yet to push the Swiss Miss, ending regular season play 0-3 against Hingis (0-4 in women’s singles against the Kastles overall). The 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee has taken her last two matches off from singles to get ready for the Conference Championships, and should be looking sharp ahead of the Mylan WTT Finals and a planned doubles comeback on the WTA Tour.
Men’s Doubles – Amir Weintraub/Eric Butorac (Lobsters) vs. Bobby Reynolds/Leader Paes (Kastles)
This doubles match-up was featured during the 2013 season twice, with the Kastles taking both encounters (including a 5-2 victory last night). Both Paes and Butorac are experienced doubles players, but Reynolds has been a capable partner for the multiple Grand Slam doubles titlist, and it will be a tough ask for the Lobsters to turn things around for this set. Butorac will have to be steady from the net, and not give away too many free points in a format where every point counts.
Women’s Doubles – Jill Craybas/Katalin Marosi (Lobsters) vs. Martina Hingis/Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles)
Hingis and doubles partner Anastasia Rodionova believe that they’re peaking at the right time, but the pair have always been in form against the Boston Lobsters, defeating Craybas and partner Katalin Marosi in all four of their regular season encounters. Their third match on July 21 was a 5-0 blowout that potentially made the difference for the Kastles in what was otherwise a very tight match. Rodionova is an experienced doubles player, and helped lead the Kastles to the King Trophy in 2012. During the 2013 season, she has gone exactly 54-54 in games played, ahead of both Craybas and Marosi, who are below .500 for the season.
Mixed Doubles – Katalin Marosi/Eric Butorac (Lobsters) vs. Martina Hingis/Leander Paes (Kastles)
The Lobsters got their closest to a victory over the Washington Kastles in mixed doubles; specialists Marosi and Butorac won the mixed set of their July 21 match, won the Overtime only to fall in the Supertiebreaker to Hingis and partner Frederik Nielson. When Hingis has partnered with Leander Paes, the results have been more straightforward, going 3-0 against Marosi/Butorac, including a 5-1 win to open the match against Boston last night. Hingis and Paes are the top two mixed doubles players in the league, and will have to be on top of their game to continue to keep Boston at bay.