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Wadshington beats Freedom in World Team Tennis

(Villanova PA) On Tuesday July 16 from The Pavilion on the campus of Villanova University, World Team Tennis took center stage as the Philadelphia Freedoms took on the Washington Kastles. This match featured new Tennis Hall of Famer Martina Hingis who plays for the Washington Team

The Matches featured the following:

Mixed Doubles – Leander Paes\Martina Hingis (Kastles) vs Samuel Groth\Liezel Huber (Freedoms)
Women’s Doubles – Martina Hingis\Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles) vs Victoria Duval\Liezel Huber (Freedoms)
Men’s Singles – Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) vs. Samuel Groth (Freedoms)
Women’s Singles – Martina Hingis (Kastles) vs. Victoria Duval (Freedoms)
Men’s Doubles – Bobby Reynolds\Leander Paes (Kastles) vs. Samuel Groth\Jordan Kerr (Freedoms)

In the first set the Team of Leander Paes\Martina Hingis beat  Samuel Groth\Liezel Huber 5-1, the the Freedoms would win the 2nd set with Victoria Duval\Liezel Huber beating Martina Hingis\Anastasia Rodionova by the score of 5-3. In the 3rd set, the Kastles Bobby Reynolds took on Samuel Groth in a single match & Reyonalds won 5-4.

During halftime the Freedoms honored the 40th anniversary of the legendary Battle of the Sexes match when Billie Jean King

Battle of Sex: Susie Celek and Julie Dorenbos vs      Mike Missanelli and John Clark

Battle of Sex Exhibition: Susie Celek & Julie Dorenbos vs. Mike Missanelli & John Clark

defeated Bobby Riggs with an exhibition match to honor the 40th anniversary  when celebrities Susie Celek and Julie Dorenbos took on the team of  97.5 The Fanatic Mike Missanelli & NBC 10 John Clark & had Joe Conklin impersonating Howard Cosell. The team of Susie Celek and Julie Dorenbos won the match.

When the action resumed, Martina Hingis took on Victoria Duval in a singles match & Hingis would go on to win 5-2. The Freedom needed to win the 5th set to force overtime, the 5th set featured Kastles Bobby Reynolds\Leander Paes against Freedoms Samuel Groth\Jordan Kerr. Groth & Kerr would win the 5th set 5-3 to force overtime. In the overtime Bobby Reynolds\Leander Paes would win it for the Kastles. the Kastles beat the Freedom 21-18

Washington Kastles Martina Hingis:

Philadelphia Freedom Victoria Duval: