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  | By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

In a thrilling, come from behind victory, the New York Sportimes defeated the Boston Lobsters on Thursday night in Boston in World TeamTennis action. The Sportimes were able to avenge a home loss to the Lobsters on Wednesday night.

Abigail Spears and Robert Kendrick got the Sportimes off to a good start by winning their mixed-doubles match against Racquel Kops-Jones and James Blake, 5-3. Things continued looking up for the Sportimes, as Spears was able to hold off Coco Vandeweghe in their women's singles match, 5-4. The win kept Spears undefeated in singles play on the season, currently riding a 4-0 win streak.

The Lobsters star player James Blake made things a bit closer with a 5-4 win over Robert Kendrick in men's singles. At this point, the Sportimes held a 14-12 overall games lead. In the night's fourth match, Coco Vandeweghe and Racquel Kops-Jones gave the Lobsters the lead by defeating Ashley Harkelroad and Abigail Spears, 5-1. The win put the Lobsters ahead 17-15 in overall games.

With one match to play (men's doubles), the Sportimes were in need of at least a two-game victory to keep their hopes alive. This wouldn't be an easy task to accomplish, as James Blake & Eric Butorac stood in the Sportimes way. They had defeated the Sportimes men's doubles team of Robert Kendrick & Jesse Witten the night earlier, but this time, Kendrick & Witten rose to the challenge. Kendrick and Witten prevailed by a 5-3 margin which evened the match at 20-20. In World TeamTennis, this means a super tie-breaker would determine the winner. In the super tie-break (which is the first one to seven points wins) Kendrick & Witten defeated Blake & Butorac, 7-6. The match came down to the final point and the Sportimes were able to pull it out ... just one of the many exciting twists of the World TeamTennis format.

The Sportimes improved their record to 3-1 on the 2010 season. The Sportimes next match will take place Sunday afternoon, July 11 at 4:00 at Sportime Stadium at Randall's Island when the Sportimes welcome the Philadelphia Freedoms.

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