72 Hours in Mylan WTT: July 9
In the league's first nationally televised match on Tennis Channel this season, Andy Roddick's hometown team picked up the first win in franchise history over the Springfield Lasers on Tuesday night. Roddick got the team off on the right foot as he beat Michael Russell 5-2 in singles to open the match, the first of four consecutive 5-2 sets on the night. Springfield claimed both the men's and women's doubles while Austin captured the mixed doubles to send the match into women's singles all square, 14-14. In the final match, it was Vera Zvonareva who stepped up for the home team, as she defeated Olga Govortsova 5-3 to put the Aces into the win column. The match also marked the league's second-annual Social Media Night, as Marion Bartoli and Michael Russell answered fan questions via Twitter during halftime.
Washington Kastles d. Texas Wild, 24-15
The Washington Kastles, who saw their 34-match winning streak come to an end against the Texas Wild last season, exacted a little bit of revenge against their Western Conference rival to open the 2014 season. Kastles closer Bobby Reynolds found himself leading off the night this time around, and he defeated Alex Bogomolov 5-2 in men's singles to start things for the defending champions. Although Anabel Medina Garrigues edged Jarmila Gajdosova in a tiebreak to pull the Wild within two games, the Kastles swept the doubles to pull away see themselves to their 14th consecutive win. Gajdosova bounced back as she and Leander Paes edged Medina and Aisam Qureshi 5-4 in the mixed, and she and Anastasia Rodionova rolled to a 5-1 win in women's doubles over Medina and Darija Jurak.
San Diego Aviators d. Philadelphia Freedoms, 20-19 (7-1 Supertiebreaker)
For the second straight match, the Philadelphia Freedoms found themselves in a Supertiebreaker, but this time, they came up just short against the San Diego Aviators. In a back-and-forth affair, Somdev Devvarman put San Diego in the lead early with a 5-2 win over Frank Dancevic, but Philadelphia’s Taylor Townsend displayed some clutch play to defeat Daniela Hantuchova 5-2 and even the match at 7-7. Liezel Huber and Marcelo Melo saw off Kveta Peschke and Raven Klaasen 5-4 to nudge the Freedoms ahead, but the tide turned in favor of the home team as Peschke and Hantuchova partnered to defeat Huber and Townsend 5-1 and put the Aviators up, 16-13.
The momentum shifted yet again in the final set of the night, which went with serve for the first six games. Klaasen and Devvarman surrendered the seventh game on serve from 3-0 up and watched as Melo and Dancevic held to win the men's doubles 5-3 and force Overtime. Looking for their second straight comeback, the Freedoms pair saved three match points to take the game and force the Supertiebreaker, but the Aviators pair dominated in the final frame to the tune of a 7-1 win.
TODAY (July 9)
Live Stream of the Day - Boston Lobsters at Washington Kastles 7:00 PM EDT
After beating Boston in Manchester to open the season, the defending league champions welcome the Lobsters to their new home, the Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center.
San Diego Aviators @ Austin Aces – 8:30 PM EDT
After the Aviators made franchise history with a win over the Aces on Monday night, they'll travel to Austin to take on their conference rival for the second time in as many days.
TOMORROW (July 10)
Live Stream of the Day - Springfield Lasers @ Boston Lobsters - 7:00 PM EDT
The defending Western Conference champions have dropped their first three matches of the season in nail-biting fashion, and will be looking to pick up their first win of 2014 when they travel to take on the Boston Lobsters.
Philadelphia Freedoms @ Washington Kastles – 7:00 PM EDT
Billie Jean King's signature team will travel to Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center for their first Eastern Conference match of the season, with both Kevin Anderson and Martina Hingis scheduled to appear for the Kastles.
Texas Wild @ San Diego Aviators – 10:00 PM EDT
The Texas Wild will be looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season to the Washington Kastles when they travel to the San Diego Aviators with first place on the line.