72 Hours in Mylan WTT: July 23
YESTERDAY (July 22)
Washington Kastles d. Springfield Lasers, 23-15
In a race that came down to the wire, the Washington Kastles clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference courtesy of a 23-15 win over the Springfield Lasers on Tuesday. After Michael Russell claimed the opening set for the visiting team in men's singles, the Kastles took the four remaining events to pick up the victory. Sloane Stephens made a winning return to the league in her first match in five years; she defeated Olga Govortsova in the second set, 5-2, to give the Kastles a lead they wouldn't relinquish and helped the Kastles to an identical 5-2 win in women's doubles as well. Courtesy of the top seed, the Kastles will host the conference championship for the fourth consecutive year.
Philadelphia Freedoms d. Boston Lobsters, 25-6
The Philadelphia Freedoms bounced back from a tough loss to the Austin Aces with a dominant win over the Boston Lobsters on Tuesday night. In a match that featured two Cohen siblings on opposing sides – Freedoms' head coach Josh vs. Lobsters' substitute Julia – it was Josh's team that claimed all five sets played. The Freedoms claimed two 5-0 sets in the romp in women's singles and women's doubles, and the league's No. 1 mixed doubles team of Liezel Huber and Marcelo Melo put the finishing touches on the victory with a 5-1 win in the final set. With the Kastles' win, the Freedoms will travel to Washington D.C. on Thursday for the Eastern Conference Championship.
San Diego Aviators d. Texas Wild, 22-13
The Texas Wild saw their playoff hopes take a huge hit at the hands of the San Diego Aviators on Tuesday night. The Wild were only able to capture one of the five sets in the match against the Western Conference leaders. The Bryan Brothers faced off against their former team for the first time, and played a big part in the victory. Mike Bryan teamed with Kveta Peschke to win the mixed doubles, 5-3, and turn the match in San Diego's favor, before Daniela Hantuchova claimed a 5-1 victory over Anabel Medina Garrigues to put the home team in command. The brothers returned to the court to close out the night, and the pair dropped just two games against Alex Bogolmolov, Jr. and Aisam Qureshi to put the match away.
TODAY (July 23)
Live Stream of the Day – Austin Aces at San Diego Aviators – 10:00 PM EDT
With losses by both the Springfield Lasers and the Texas Wild last night, the Austin Aces are still alive in the playoff race and in contention for the second spot in the Western Conference Championship. If the Aces pick up a victory over the Aviators in their regular season finale, and if the Boston Lobsters defeat the Lasers, the Aces will be heading to the playoffs in their first season in the league.
Washington Kastles @ Philadelphia Freedoms – 7:00 PM EDT
Martina Hingis makes her return for the Kastles in their final match of the regular season, as they travel to Villanova to face off against the Freedoms. Philadelphia looks to claim their second win over the Kastles on their home court and even up the season series between the two teams. The match could prove to be a preview of what's to come in 24 hours, as it's already been confirmed that the Kastles will welcome the Freedoms to Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center in the Eastern Conference Championship.
Boston Lobsters @ Springfield Lasers – 8:00 PM EDT
While the Boston Lobsters' playoff hopes have ended, they can play spoiler in their final match of the season. With the Lasers needing a win on their home court to reach the playoffs, the Lobsters can end Springfield's hopes themselves by taking a victory.
TOMORROW (July 24)
Philadelphia Freedoms @ Washington Kastles – 7:00 PM EDT
The Eastern Conference Championship will be contested in Washington, D.C. for the fourth straight year, as the Washington Kastles host the Philadelphia Freedoms for the right to be called “Best in the East.” In a competitive season series between the two teams, the Kastles claimed victory in both regular season matches on their home court. On July 10, the Kastles claimed all five sets en route to a 25-10 victory, and repeated the feat just three days later to the tune of a 23-14 win.
TBD @ San Diego Aviators – 10:00 PM EDT
The No. 2 seed in the West is still up for grabs heading into Wednesday's play, but one thing is for sure; either the Austin Aces, Springfield Lasers or Texas Wild will head to San Diego to contest for the conference title. The San Diego Aviators clinched the top seed and hosting rights on July 20, and have been clutch at home this season. The Aviators have claimed a win at home against all three of their Western Conference foes, but won't know who their opponent will be until the end of Wednesday's play.