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World TeamTennis November 20 Results

November 21, 2021 - World TeamTennis (WTT) News Release


New York Empire 19, Springfield Lasers 16 (Extended Play)

Men's Singles: Mackenzie McDonald (Lasers) def. Marcos Giron (Empire) 5-2

Women's Singles: Kim Clijsters (Empire) def. Caty McNally 5-0

Men's Doubles: Marcelo Arevalo/Mackenzie McDonald (Lasers) def. Chris Eubanks/Marcos Giron (Empire) 5-2

Women's Doubles: Kim Clijsters/Kirsten Flipkens (Empire) def. Caty McNally/Asia Muhammad (Lasers) 5-0

Mixed Doubles: Marcelo Arevalo/Caty McNally (Lasers) def. Chris Eubanks/Kirsten Flipkens (Empire) 5-4 (5-2 tie-break)

Extended Play - Mixed Doubles: Chris Eubanks/Kirsten Flipkens (Empire) vs. Marcelo Arevalo/Caty McNally (Lasers) 1-1

Short Summary

After 2016 NCAA singles and doubles champion Mackenzie McDonald defeated his former UCLA teammate Marcos Giron in men's singles, Tennis Hall of Famer Kim Clijsters came up with a 5-0 win in women's singles to give the Empire an early 7-5 advantage. Clijsters followed that performance up with another bagel in women's doubles with fellow Belgian Kirsten Flipkens that allowed the Empire to carry their lead heading into the final set. Although Springfield forced extended play in mixed doubles, Flipkens and recent Knoxville ATP Challenger Tour champion Chris Eubanks won the lone game they needed to give New York its first win of the season.

Notes

The defending champion New York Empire snapped a five-match losing streak to start the 2021 season.

Tennis Hall of Famer Kim Clijsters is the first player this World TeamTennis season to post bagels (winning a set without dropping a game) in singles and doubles in the same match.

New York moved to an 8-6 record in the series against Springfield.

Orange County Breakers 25, Chicago Smash 14

Women's Doubles: Amanda Anisimova/Tatjana Maria (Breakers) def. Alexa Guarachi/Sloane Stephens (Smash) 5-2

Mixed Doubles: Tatjana Maria/Austin Krajicek (Breakers) def. Ulises Blanch/Alexa Guarachi (Smash) 5-3

Men's Singles: Steve Johnson (Breakers) def. Ulises Blanch (Smash) 5-2

Men's Doubles: Steve Johnson/Austin Krajicek (Breakers) def. Ulises Blanch/Nick Monroe (Smash)

Women's Singles: Amanda Anisimova (Breakers) def. Sloane Stephens (Smash) 5-4

Short Summary

Victories in women's doubles, mixed doubles and men's singles allowed the Orange County Breakers to take a commanding 15-7 lead heading into the final two sets. Steve Johnson and Austin Krajicek, who were doubles finalists at the ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati in August, came up with the win in men's doubles before 2019 French Open semifinalist Amanda Anisimova finished it off in women's singles to give the Breakers a convincing win.

Notes

Orange County held Chicago to 14 points, marking the seventh year in a row the Breakers held an opponent to 14 points or fewer in a match.

The Breakers have started 5-2 for the first time since the 2016 season.

Amanda Anisimova picked up her 35th game win in women's singles in the 2021 WTT season.

NOV. 21 SCHEDULE

New York Empire @ Chicago Smash, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 3 p.m. PST, For The Fans

Springfield Lasers @ San Diego Aviators, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 6 p.m. PST, For The Fans

The second rematch of the 2020 WTT Finals takes place Sunday at 3 p.m., where the defending champion New York Empire, led by Tennis Hall of Famer Kim Clijsters, looks to build off Saturday's momentum against 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens and the Chicago Smash. A pair of teams with a 4-2 record look to keep their spot on top of the WTT standings in the second match at 6 p.m., with the Springfield Lasers taking on the San Diego Aviators.

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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