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Orange County, Chicago Pick up Wednesday Wins in Fifth Set

November 25, 2021 - World TeamTennis (WTT) News Release


INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Thanks to wins in the final set, the Orange County Breakers and the Chicago Smash were victorious Wednesday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Orange County defeated the San Diego Aviators 20-17, jumping into first place and clinching the tiebreaker against San Diego in the process. Chicago defeated the Springfield Lasers 19-18 in the second match.

The Breakers took a commanding lead after the first two sets, but San Diego overcame the deficit thanks to their men's and women's doubles teams. Caroline Dolehide & CoCo Vandeweghe took four of the first five games in women's doubles and tied the team score at 15 heading into the final set.

After both mixed doubles teams split the first four games, Coachella Valley native and three-time Major mixed doubles champion, Desirae Krawczyk, won the next three games with partner Austin Krajicek to seal the win for the Breakers.

Chicago extended its lead into the third set thanks to a 5-1 win from 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens in women's singles and a strong start in mixed doubles. Springfield, however, rallied to win five straight games through mixed doubles and men's singles to tie the score 12- 12.

Denis Kudla was victorious in men's singles, but Chicago persevered in men's doubles to clinch the win.

World TeamTennis has fun-filled action scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, with the defending champion New York Empire taking on the Springfield Lasers at 11 a.m. New York will be without Kim Clijsters, who has withdrawn from the remainder of the 2021 season with injury.

Krawczyk leads Orange County against her WTA Finals doubles partner Alexa Guarachi and the 2020 WTT runner-up Chicago Smash at 2 p.m. The Breakers would clinch a spot in the WTT Finals with a win.

All World TeamTennis matches will be held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Tickets are available for purchase online at wtt.com/tickets-2021. Due to requirements set by the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, all fans in attendance will need valid proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to enter the grounds for WTT matches.

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