Kastles' streak to be tested by Explorers

Kastles' streak to be tested by Explorers
July 22, 2012, 6:07 pm
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Saturday night, the Washington Kastles had their biggest comeback to date stunning the New York Sportimes 21-20, in order to capture their 25th straight victory.Trailing 19-13 in the fifth set, Venus Williams crushed Martina Hingis 5-1 in women's singles to lead the Kastles to a victory.
Tonight the Kastles (9-0) will host the Kansas City Explorers (3-6) as Washington looks to extend their historic streak to 26 consecutive wins.Interestingly enough, the Explorers are 3-1 all-time versus Washington. However, the Kastles edged Kansas City, 21-18 in their last meeting. It also marked the inaugural match at Kastles Stadium on July 5, 2011.The 2012 Explorers will be headed by World No. 12 doubles player and 2010 US Open finalist Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, who is a new addition to the squad that came to our nation's capital last season.Venus Williams, will serve as the Kastles' marquee player, competing in her third Kastles match of the last seven days. She is expected to play the first two sets before flying to London, where she look to capture a fourth medal and in doing so a tennis-record as well.Now 7-0 with the Kastles, Venus Williams is filling in for sister Serena Williams, who is cautiously resting a back injury in preparation for the Olympics.When asked about Serena bowing out of her Kastles duties, Washington owner Mark Ein said, "we love Serena, but Venus loves being on this team. She was so excited for the opportunity to come back. She loves this. She loves the team, loves the environment and she's a teammate -so we're totally thrilled by it."Venus (USA) will be joined by fellow Kastles, Leander Paes (India) and Anastasia Rodionova (Australia) who will compete for the Kastles for the last time during the regular season before heading to London.Tonight's match will air live on Comcast SportsNet. For more information log onto www.WashingtonKastles.com.
PROJECTED MATCH-UPSMS: Bobby Reynolds (WAS) vs. Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (KCE)WS: Anastasia Rodionova (WAS) vs. Chanel Simmonds (KCE) MD: ReynoldsLeander Paes (WAS) vs. QureshiNick Monroe (KCE) WD: An. RodionovaVenus Williams(WAS) vs. SimmondsTetiana Luzhanska (KCE)MXD: PaesWilliams (WAS) vs. QureshiLuzhanska (KCE)