72 Hours in Mylan WTT: July 14
YESTERDAY (July 13)
Springfield Lasers d. Austin Aces, 21-13
After an 0-3 start, the defending Western Conference champion Springfield Lasers evened their record to 3-3 with a 21-13 win over the Austin Aces on Sunday night. In addition, the Lasers got a measure of revenge against their Western Conference foe after falling 19-17 on July 8. Although Austin took two of the first three sets, Andy Roddick's 5-3 defeat of James Blake in men's singles only evened proceedings at 11-11 and made it anyone's match. However, behind the efforts of Blake, Olga Govortsova and Liga Dekmeijere, the Lasers pulled away with a 5-2 win in women's doubles and a 5-0 clinching victory in mixed to secure the win. With the victory, the Lasers move into third place in the Western Conference standings, as both teams came into the match with identical records.
Washington Kastles d. Philadelphia Freedoms, 23-14
Having taken all five sets from the Freedoms in their first meeting of the season, the Washington Kastles needed to win just four to claim victory on Sunday. Kastles closer Bobby Reynolds grabbed control for his team with a 5-1 win against Frank Dancevic to open the night, and the Kastles barely relinquished the advantage. Although the Freedoms pulled to 13-9 with a 5-3 win in men's doubles, a 5-1 win in women's doubles and a 5-4 win in mixed proved to be enough to seal another conference win for the Kastles. The Kastles continue their undefeated season at 6-0, and run their winning streak to 18 matches dating back to last season.
San Diego Aviators d. Texas Wild, 21-18
In a battle for first place in the Western Conference, the San Diego Aviators downed the Texas Wild in come-from-behind fashion on Sunday night. While Texas claimed the first two sets, mixed and women's doubles, by identical 5-3 scores to lead 10-6, the Aviators were just getting started. Somdev Devvarman defeated Alex Bogomolov, Jr. 5-3 to pull San Diego closer at halftime, and Daniela Hantuchova vaulted her team into the lead with a 5-1 win over Anabel Medina Garrigues in women's singles. It all came down to the men's doubles. Up 4-2 and with the score tied at 18-18, Bogomolov and Aisam Qureshi served for the match, but couldn’t shut the door. Devvarman and Raven Klaasen rallied to win the set 5-4 and put San Diego into first place.
TODAY (July 14)
Live Stream of the Day - San Diego Aviators @ Washington Kastles – 7:00 PM EDT
Daniela Hantuchova and the San Diego Aviators travel to Washington, D.C. to face off against her former doubles partner, Martina Hingis and the rest of the Washington Kastles for the first time this season. San Diego is 2-0 against the Eastern Conference so far in 2014, having defeated the Philadelphia Freedoms in a Supertiebreaker on July 8 and the Boston Lobsters in Overtime on July 12.
Boston Lobsters @ Austin Aces – 8:30 PM EDT
The Boston Lobsters travel to the Cedar Park Center to take on the Austin Aces for the first time this season. With both teams looking up in the standings at their conference opposition, Austin will be looking to snap a three-match losing streak with the assistance of Marion Bartoli, while the Lobsters continue to search for their first win of the season.
TOMORROW (July 15)
Live Stream of the Day – San Diego Aviators @ Philadelphia Freedoms 7:00 PM EDT
Former world No. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka is scheduled to make her return to Mylan World TeamTennis for the first time since 2010 when she takes the court for the Philadelphia Freedoms against the new Western Conference leaders, the San Diego Aviators. Azarenka was the 2006 Mylan WTT Female Rookie of the Year with Springfield.
Austin Aces @ Boston Lobsters – 7:00 PM EDT
After going head-to-head in Texas just 24 hours earlier, the Aces and Lobsters will face off again at a different venue. Boston returns home for the first time since July 10 to face an Aces squad that's looking for its first win away from the confines of the Cedar Park Center this season.
Springfield Lasers @ Texas Wild – 8:30 PM EDT
With just two matches separating first place from last place in the Western Conference, the stakes are high in every conference match. The Texas Wild and Springfield Lasers split their first two meetings in week one, with both taking place in Springfield. On Tuesday, the Lasers travel to Irving and bid for their fourth consecutive victory.