First place was on the line last night at Sportime Stadium at Randalls Island in a match between two World TeamTennis rivals, the New York Sportimes and the Washington Kastles. The Sportimes, who came in with a record of 7-3, were knocked out of the semifinals of last year's World TeamTennis Championship by the Kastles, and were looking to move into sole possession of first place with a win. The Sportimes did just that with wins in men's singles, women's singles and mixed-doubles, and came up with a 23-18 victory.
The Sportimes lost the first two matches of the night as in men's doubles, Leander Paes & Bobby Reynolds of the Kastles defeated Robert Kendrick & Jesse Witten, 5-4 and in women's doubles, Rennae Stubbs & Angela Haynes defeated Ashley Harkelroad & Abigail Spears, 5-4. After those two defeats, the Sportimes took control, winning the remaining three sets and the overall match. In men's singles, Jesse Witten defeated Bobby Reynolds, 5-3. In mixed-doubles, Robert Kendrick & Abigail Spears defeated Leander Paes & Rennae Stubbs, 5-4, and in the evening's final match, Abigail Spears sealed the victory for the Sportimes with a 5-1 win over Angela Haynes.
The Sportimes home season concludes with a match on Monday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m. when they face the New York Buzz. The Buzz will be bringing their star, Martina Hingis, while the Sportimes will counter with both of their stars in John McEnroe and Kim Clijsters. Come out and join Long Island Tennis Magazine for a great night of World TeamTennis action.
Credit all photos to: Kenneth B. Goldberg
Coach Murphy Jensen (far right) led the Washington Kastles into action at Sportime Stadium, (from left to right): Leander Paes, Bobby Reynolds, Angela Haynes and Rennae Stubbs
Bobby Reynolds & Leander Paes of the Kastles en route to victory against the Sportime team of Robert Kendrick & Jesse Witten
Ashley Harkleroad & Abigail Spears of the Sportimes confer during their women's doubles loss to Rennae Stubbs & Angela Haynes
Ashley Harkleroad of the Sportimes in World TeamTennis action
Bobby Reynolds of the Washington Kastles in action versus the Sportimes
Rennae Stubbs & Angela Haynes of the Kastles en route to their 5-4 win against Ashley Harkelroad & Abigail Spears of the Sportimes
Leander Paes of the Kastles in action on July 15th at Sportime Stadium at Randalls Island
Robert Kendrick in men's doubles action for the Sportimes against the Kastles
Renae Stubbs gets set in her July 15th women's doubles match against the Sportimes in New York City