THREE-PEAT AS MYLAN WTT CHAMPIONS
Washington, DC (July 28, 2013) -- The Washington Kastles
became just the second team in history to three-peat at the Mylan World
TeamTennis Finals presented by GEICO after defeating the Springfield Lasers on
Sunday 25-12 in front of a sold out home crowd at Kastles Stadium at The Wharf.
The Kastles joined elite company with the Sacramento Capitals, who won a record
four straight titles from 1997-2000.
Washington is the first franchise to take all five sets in
the Mylan WTT Finals since the league switched to a first to five games format
in 1999. It also marked the largest margin of victory by a winning team in the
title match during this time, breaking the previous mark held by the Capitals
in 2002 when they beat the New York Buzz by eight games.
The Kastles lifted their fourth King Trophy in five years
and added to their triumph over the Lasers in 2009, which also came in
Washington. Leander Paes, Mylan WTT Coach of the Year Murphy Jensen and owner Mark
Ein have been involved with every championship team. Bobby Reynolds has been a
part of three winning squads, while Anastasia Rodionova celebrated her second
title and Mylan WTT Female MVP Martina Hingis captured her second overall (2005
New York Sportimes) and first with the Kastles.
Reynolds was named Mylan WTT Finals MVP after winning 10
games from the 13 he played in his two sets.
“To come out and play in front of [the fans] here is
amazing,” Reynolds said in his acceptance speech. “I want to also thank my
great team. We have so much support on the bench. This is a team effort. “
With the start of play delayed two hours by rain, the
Kastles flipped the switch by having their usual closer Reynolds get things started in men’s singles
against Rik de Voest. Reynolds consistently applied pressure in de Voest’s
service games and after missing out on four break points in the second game,
broke the South African twice to defeat de Voest 5-1 for the second time this
The second set saw Hingis take the court for the first time,
alongside Rodionova against Vania King and Mylan WTT Female Rookie of the Year Alisa
Kleybanova in women’s doubles. Up 3-2, the Lasers missed out on two break point
chances, and Hingis and Rodionova went on to claim the final three games to
extend the Kastles’ lead.
“I am a first time Kastle. It's a great team,” Hingis said. “I
love everyone and I hope I can play here again next year!”
Washington maintained the momentum, as Reynolds and Paes won
another three-all point to hold in the opening men’s doubles game versus de
Voest and Jean-Julien Rojer. The Kastles broke Rojer’s serve to move ahead 4-2,
and while the Lasers substituted in Andy Roddick for de Voest, the Kastles
closed out the set to open up a 15-6 advantage at halftime.
Hingis and Kleybanova squared off in women’s singles. Hingis
showed why she topped the league leaders in the event during the regular season
by showcasing her variety and creative angles to thwart the Russian’s powerful
ground game for a 5-2 set win.
The final set of mixed doubles was the most competitive of
the evening. Hingis and Paes took a 4-2 lead over Kleybanova and Roddick, but
the Lasers fought back to force a tiebreaker. Paes clinched the title for the
Kastles with a forehand return winner.
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MYLAN WTT FINALS
presented by GEICO - July 28, 2013
def. Springfield Lasers, 25-12
MEN'S SINGLES: Bobby
Reynolds (Kastles) def. Rik de Voest (Lasers) 5-1
Martina Hingis/Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles) def. Alisa Kleybanova/Vania
King (Lasers) 5-3
MEN'S DOUBLES: Bobby
Reynolds/Leander Paes (Kastles) def. Jean-Julien Rojer/Andy Roddick (Lasers)
Martina Hingis (Kastles) def. Alisa Kleybanova (Lasers) 5-2
Martina Hingis/Leander Paes (Kastles) def. Alisa Kleybanova/Andy Roddick
Mylan WTT Finals MVP:
Bobby Reynolds, Washington Kastles
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