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Kastles Make History – Win Fifth Straight WTT Title Over The Austin Aces

The Kastles made history yet again by winning their fifth World Team Tennis Championship by defeating the Austin Aces 24-18 Sunday morning/afternoon.

Since the Austin Aces had the best regular season in the WTT Coach of the Year Rick Leach set the order of play.  The agenda was Mixed Doubles, Women’s Doubles, Men’s Doubles, Men’s Singles and wrapping up with Women’s Singles.  The Aces were not particularly strong this season in doubles so I understand why the Doubles events were front loaded – the Aces had defeated the Kastles in Women’s Singles and Men’s Singles earlier in the week.

Martina Hingis and Leander Paes took the court and dispatched Teymuraz Gabashvili and former Kastle Alla Kudryavtseva in a mere 14 minute set by a score of 5-2 including two breaks of serve.  Kastles 5, Aces 2.

Next Martina Hingis was joined on court by Anastasia Rodionova to face off against Alla Kudryavtseva and Elina Svitolina for the Women’s Doubles event.  This proved to be the longest set of the day at 26 minutes with the Kastles breaking the Aces three times and the Aces breaking the Kastles three times also which resulted in a tiebreak with the score 4-4.  The Kastles proved victorious in the tiebreak and took the Women’s Doubles 5-4.  Kastles 10, Aces 6.

Next Sam Querrey and Leander Paes faced Teymuraz Gabashvili and Jarmere Jenkins in the Men’s Doubles event.  Leander and Sam broke the Aces once and that proved enough to take the event 5-3 in 19 minutes.  At the intermission: Kastles 15, Aces 9.

After the intermission Sam Querrey took to court to avenge his loss to Teymuraz Gabashvili earlier in the week in the Men’s Singles event.  Both players held their serve bringing the event to 4-4 and forcing a first to five tiebreaker to decide the event.  Sam had out-aced his opponent 6 to 2 to solidly hold serve.  Sam proved victorious in the tiebreaker to take the event 5-4.  Kastles 20, Aces 13.

With only Women’s Singles to go I told my friends that if Austin could come back from a 7 games deficit and win a supertiebreaker to win the Championship then they would deserve it and I would have to tip my hat to them.  Fortunately I didn’t have a hat with me and I didn’t need one.  Madison Brengle (ranked 44th in WTA Singles) took the court to face Elina Svitolina (ranked 20th in WTA Singles) for the championship.  If Madison won the Women’s Singles event the title would be the Kastles for the fifth year in a row.  Madison broke Svitolina early in the event but Svitolina got the break back.  With the event score at 4-3 with Madison serving to force a tiebreak, Svitolina broke Madison’s serve to take the final event 5-3 and force Extended Play.  Kastles 23, Aces 18.

Since the Kastles were up by 5 games going into Extended Play and Svitolina serving first the Aces had to hold serve and break Madison twice to get the match to a 13 point Super Tiebreak. Svitolina didn’t win a single first serve point (0-3) and only one one point on second server (1-2).  Madison took 4 out of the 5 points served by Svitolina and broke the Aces singles specialist to win the title for the Kastles.  Final Score: Kastles 24, Aces 18.

The Kastles have won 6 WTT titles and have only been in existence for 8 years.  Leander Paes was the MVP of the WTT Finals and Mark Ein, Murphy Jensen and all of the players addressed the fans and every single one of them told the fans that they couldn’t have done it without the best fans in the WTT their to support them and root them on.

The Kastles fans truly appreciate the fact that the team, coach and owner value the fans as much as they do.  I have said if before and I will say it again – Mark Ein is the shining example of what any sports team owner should be.  Mark has built a solid fan base by taking care of his fans, season ticket holders and players.

Oh my – no World Team Tennis for 11 months – I’ll be in serious WTT withdrawal soon.  Let’s get greedy – we want a Six-Peat!!!

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