72 Hours in Mylan WTT: July 22
YESTERDAY (July 21)
Washington Kastles d. Boston Lobsters, 25-9
With the Boston Lobsters hampered by an injury to Sharon Fichman during warmups, the Washington Kastles rolled to a 25-9 victory on their home court on Monday night. The Kastles strengthened their bid for the top seed in the Eastern Conference, and hosting rights for the conference championship, by claiming all five sets played. Bobby Reynolds got the Kastles off on the right foot, defeating Rik de Voest 5-1 to open the night, and the home team didn't look back from there. In the second match, Megan Moulton-Levy fought hard as the substitute for Fichman, pushing Martina Hingis to a tiebreaker and a deciding 4-all point. However, the two-time Mylan WTT Female MVP proved too tough, and the Kastles led 15-5 at halftime courtesy of a 5-0 men's doubles win. With the Lobsters forced to forfeit women's doubles due to Fichman's injury, the night ended with mixed doubles; in the final set, the Lobsters again battled hard, but Hingis and Leander Paes edged Moulton-Levy and James Cerretani 5-4.
Austin Aces d. Philadelphia Freedoms, 21-18
The Austin Aces cooled off the red-hot Philadelphia Freedoms on Monday night, simultaneously ending the home team's five-match winning streak and keeping their own playoff hopes alive. Claiming three of the five sets played, the Aces moved to within .5 match of the Springfield Lasers for the second and final playoff spot in the West. While Frank Dancevic edged Andy Roddick in the first match of the night, Aces sub Varvara Lepchenko came up clutch in a 5-2 defeat of Taylor Townsend to put the visitors in the lead. In the most surprising result of the night, Eva Hrdinova and Treat Huey paired up to defeat the No. 1 mixed doubles team of Liezel Huber and Marcelo Melo, 5-3, to put the Aces up 14-10 at halftime. Following the break, Huber and Townsend beat Hrdinova and Lepchenko to pull the Freedoms within one game, but Roddick and Huey delivered a clutch performance in the clinching men's doubles set to defeat Dancevic and Marcelo Melo on their home court to snap the Freedoms' streak.
TODAY (July 22)
Live Stream of the Day – Texas Wild at San Diego Aviators – 10:00 PM EDT
While the Aviators have already clinched the top seed in the Western Conference and home court in the playoffs, the Texas Wild come in to tonight's featured match reeling. Having spent much of the season challenging for the No. 1 spot in the West, Texas has dropped four of their last five matches and have seen their record drop to under .500 overall. The season series between the two teams is split 1-1 - the Wild claimed a Supertiebreaker victory early in the season on July 10, before the Aviators picked up a 21-18 win just three days later. With the two teams evenly matched overall, men's doubles might prove to be the difference-maker; Alex Bogomolov, Jr. and Aisam Qureshi, the No. 1 doubles team in the league, face a tall order to keep the Wild's playoff hopes alive as Bob and Mike Bryan make their second appearance for the Aviators. The Bryans are also facing off against their former team for the first time.
Boston Lobsters @ Philadelphia Freedoms – 7:00 PM EDT
Looking to bounce back from their Monday night loss to the Austin Aces, the Philadelphia Freedoms welcome a beleaguered Boston Lobsters team to Villanova tonight. The Lobsters have struggled with injuries this season, and will be looking to claim their first win against Philadelphia this season. The final match between the Freedoms and Lobsters features a special kind of rivalry: a sibling rivalry. Replacing Sharon Fichman on the Lobsters' roster will be Julia Cohen, sister of Freedoms' head coach, Josh Cohen.
Springfield Lasers @ Washington Kastles – 7:00 PM EDT
With the second spot in the Western Conference Championship still up for grabs, the Springfield Lasers travel to the Washington Kastles. After starting the season 0-3, the defending Western Conference champions have won six of their last nine matches to vault themselves into playoff contention. In their last meeting just four days ago, the Lasers put on a dominating performance to defeat the Kastles in stunning fashion, 24-10. In tonight's match, the Kastles will have the services of Sloane Stephens, who last played in the league in 2009.
TOMORROW (July 23)
Live Stream of the Day – Austin Aces at San Diego Aviators – 10:00 PM EDT
The final day of the 2014 Mylan World TeamTennis regular season features a host of playoff implications, but the Austin Aces won't know their fate until Tuesday's action is completed. They'll head to San Diego nonetheless looking to close out their first season in the league, and even up the head-to-head series against their Western Conference foes.
Washington Kastles @ Philadelphia Freedoms – 7:00 PM EDT
The Washington Kastles look to take the season series from the Philadelphia Freedoms on the final day of the regular season in a preview of the match that will decide the Eastern Conference champion in two days time.
Boston Lobsters @ Springfield Lasers – 8:00 PM EDT
The Springfield Lasers look to sweep the season series from the Boston Lobsters on their home court. Depending on Tuesday evening’s results, Springfield may be in a must-win situation to make the playoffs.