The defending champion Washington Kastles are one win away from having a chance to do it all over again.
In beating the New York Sportimes 21-20 on Saturday night, Washington moved within one win of clinching home court advantage throughout the playoffs.
With a soldout crowd at The Wharf, the Kastles got off to a hot start in men’s singles behind Bobby Reynolds’ 5-4 win over Jesse Witten. Reynolds, a Vanderbilt grad, recorded six saves against the University of Kentucky alum in a battle of former SEC stars.
Martina Hingis then dropped the women’s singles set 5-2 to Groenefeld, breaking Hingis’ undefeated start to the 2013 season.
Hingis and Groenefeld would see eachother again in the women’s doubles match. Hingis and Anastasia Rodionova held on to beat Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke in a tiebreaker, taking the set 5-4.
Reynolds then shined in men’s doubles to help push the Kastles to victory. He and Rajeev Ram defeated Robert Kendrick and Witten to complete the 21-20 win.
The Kastles rallied from down 14-11 against the Sportimes to move to 8-2 on the season, the best record in World Team Tennis. They now lead the Boston Lobsters by four games in the Eastern Conference.