Washington Kastles four-peat as Mylan WTT champions

July 28, 2014 02:09 PM
Martina Hingis was named the 2014 Mylan WTT Finals MVP.
By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com
 
The Washington Kastles won the Mylan World TeamTennis finals on Sunday, easily defeating the Springfield Lasers, 25-13, to become only the second team in the league’s history to capture four consecutive titles.
 
The Kastles won all five sets of play at the Mediacom Stadium at Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield, Mo., with Martina Hingis being named the Mylan WTT Finals MVP for winning all three of her matches in the championship. She defeated Olga Govortsova in women’s singles, 5-2, then teamed up with Anastasia Rodionova for a 5-1 win in women’s doubles over Govortsova and Liga Dekmeijere-Thomas.
 
Despite a healthy 20-9 lead going into the final contest of the night, Hingis said she felt nervous in her mixed doubles match with Leander Paes. It wasn’t apparent to those in attendance, though, as they clinched the title with a 5-4 victory over Govortsova and Ross Hutchins.
 
“I don’t know if I have been as nervous before in my career with playing in the finals for my team, because you have no time to miss anything,” said Hingis. “Everything is quick. You have to keep it sweet!”
 
The Kastles title was a bittersweet moment for American Bobby Reynolds, who was officially playing his final night of professional tennis. He defeated fellow American veteran Michael Russell in men’s singles, 5-4, before teaming up with Paes to prevail over Russell and Hutchins, 5-2.
 
“[The team] told me beforehand that they would be playing for me,” said Reynolds. “I was glad that I could go out there and kind of do my part for two sets. We have an unbelievable team.”
 
Sunday’s victory marks the fifth time in the last six years that the Kastles have hoisted the King Trophy.