WTT's Washington Kastles lose for first time since 2010
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The longest winning streaks in major U.S. pro sports history is over.
The Washington Kastles of World TeamTennis lost on Wednesday night to the Texas Wild, ending a run of 34 straight wins that had lasted since 2010.
Eugenie Bouchard won the deciding match, in women's singles, over Anastasia Rodionova, giving the Wild a 23-18 win a day after they bested the mark set by a slightly more high profile team — the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers won 33 straight in the 1971-72 season.
The Kastles started strong in men's doubles as Leander Paes and Bobby Reynolds defeated Aisam Qureshi and Alex Bogomolov Jr. to take a 5-3 lead. The Wild, backed by a boisterous opening night crowd, rallied in the next two sets to win women's doubles 5-4 and men's singles 5-3 for a 13-12 lead at halftime.
A close battle in mixed doubles saw Qureshi and Darija Jurak emerge as the victors over Paes and Anastasia Rodionova after rallying from 2-4 in the tiebreaker to win the set and take a 18-16 lead into the final event.
Before Wednesday night, the Kastles' last loss in the summer league was on July 22, 2010.