Kastles win 18th straight

Kastles win 18th straight
July 13, 2014, 10:15 pm
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(Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports)

WASHINGTON KASTLES

The Washington Kastles' winning streak finally came to an end on Sunday. No, not that winning streak.

After sweeping 20 straight sets over the course of five matches, the Kastles lost the third set against the Philadelphia Freedoms, but won the other four to clinch their 18th consecutive victory 23-14.

After Bobby Reynolds was able to defeat Frank Dancevic 5-1 in an uneventful opening set, the women's doubles erupted into a contentious affair. The Kastles' Anastasia Rodionova and Freedoms' Liezel Huber nailed one another with violent volleys before Washington was able to win the set 5-3. The intensity of the set spilled over into the rest of the match.

In the third set, the Kastles were dealt a rare setback as Dancevic and World No. 7 men's doubles player Marcelo Melo won four of five deciding points agaisnt Reynolds and Leander Paes, handing them their first loss of the season.

The Freedoms were not able to blemish Martina Hingis' record, however, as she improved to 4-0 in women's singles with a 5-1 victory over Taylor Townsend. Hingis has won 20 of 22 games overall this season and 10 of 11 against Townsend.

A tiebreaker was required to decide the mixed doubles final set, with Washington clinching the match in spectacular fashion. On the Kastles' first match point, Melo appeared to hit an unreachable drop volley, but Paes ran off the court to retrieve the ball and back onto it to put away an overhead winner.

Washington returns to Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center on Monday night against the San Diego Aviators.