San Diego, Orange County Pick up Crucial Wins on Tuesday Night
November 24, 2021 - World TeamTennis (WTT) News Release
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - The San Diego Aviators and the Orange County Breakers picked up crucial wins Tuesday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden to keep their hopes alive for a spot in the 2021 World TeamTennis Finals.
San Diego defeated the Chicago Smash 22-14 while Orange County was victorious against the New York Empire 24-15.
After San Diego took the first set in mixed doubles, 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens helped Chicago grab the lead with her win in women's singles. The Aviators, however, took the final three sets to snatch the victory.
San Diego swept the 2021 season series with Chicago, now having four of the five matchups in the all-time series.
Orange County took the first four sets to take a double-digit lead heading into the final set, but 2014 NCAA singles champion from UCLA Marcos Giron kept New York's hopes alive by forcing extended play with a 5-3 win in the final set in men's singles. Giron won the first game in extended play, but former USC All-American Steve Johnson secured the win for the Breakers by clinching the lone game that was needed.
Coachella Valley native and three-time Major mixed doubles champion, Desirae Krawczyk, helped the Breakers win in women's and mixed doubles.
With the season series tied and a spot in Sunday's WTT Finals up for grabs, the San Diego Aviators look to grab second place with a win Wednesday against Krawczyk and the Orange County Breakers in the first match at 3 p.m. PST. The first place Springfield Lasers take on the 2020 WTT runner-up Chicago Smash in the second match at 6 p.m. PST.
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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