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World TeamTennis November 25 Results

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


Springfield Lasers 21, New York Empire 17

Men's Singles: Marcos Giron (Empire) def. Denis Kudla (Lasers) 5-3

Women's Singles: Kirsten Flipkens (Empire) def. Asia Muhammad (Lasers) 5-4

Men's Doubles: Marcelo Arevalo/Denis Kudla (Lasers) def. Chris Eubanks/Marcos Giron (Empire) 5-0

Mixed Doubles: Chris Eubanks/Quinn Gleason (Empire) def. Marcelo Arevalo/Giuliana Olmos (Lasers) 5-4

Women's Doubles: Asia Muhammad/Giuliana Olmos (Lasers) def. Kirsten Flipkens/Quinn Gleason (Empire) 5-2

Short Summary

The Springfield Lasers punched their ticket to the 2021 WTT Finals Presented by Guaranteed Rate Sunday thanks to a 21-17 victory over the defending champion New York Empire on Thanksgiving. New York's victories in men's singles and women's singles gave the Empire the lead heading into the third set, but Marcelo Arevalo & Denis Kudla clinched the men's doubles set with a bagel that allowed Springfield to take an 11-10 lead. The Empire bounced back to win 5-4 in mixed doubles, but Asia Muhammad & Giuliana Olmos finished it off for Springfield by securing women's doubles in the final set.

Notes

Springfield clinched a spot for Sunday's WTT Finals.

Lasers' coach John-Laffnie de Jager obtained his 111th WTT coaching win, passing Wayne Bryan for the third-most victories in league history.

Marcelo Arevalo & Denis Kudla scored their first bagel (win a set without dropping a game) of the season.

Chicago Smash 20, Orange County Breakers 19 (Supertiebreaker)

Men's Singles: Tommy Paul (Smash) def. Steve Johnson (Breakers) 5-3

Women's Doubles: Desirae Krawczyk/Tatjana Maria (Breakers) def. Alexa Guarachi/Sloane Stephens (Smash) 5-3

Women's Singles: Tatjana Maria (Breakers) def. Sloane Stephens (Smash) 5-3

Mixed Doubles: Alexa Guarachi/Tommy Paul (Smash) def. Austin Krajicek/Desirae Krawczyk (Breakers) 5-1

Men's Doubles: Steve Johnson/Austin Krajicek (Breakers) def. Nick Monroe/Tommy Paul (Smash) 5-3

Supertiebreaker - Men's Doubles: Nick Monroe/Tommy Paul (Smash) def. Steve Johnson/Austin Krajicek 1-0 (7-6)

Short Summary

Despite losing on Thanksgiving Day, the Orange County Breakers clinched their spot in the 2021 WTT Finals Presented by Guaranteed Rate through Springfield's victory earlier in the day. Orange County is one match ahead of San Diego with one match left and owns the tiebreaker. After Coachella Valley native and three-time Major mixed doubles champion Desirae Krawczyk helped the Breakers tie the match 8-8 in women's doubles, Orange County took the lead thanks to Tatjana Maria's women's singles victory over 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens. Chicago responded in mixed doubles, with Tommy Paul & Alexa Guarachi, who was Krawczyk's doubles partner at the WTA Finals, clinching the fourth set 5-1 to put the Smash in front 16-14 heading into the final set. The Breakers won men's doubles to force a supertiebreaker, but Chicago came up with the match point to come away with the match and their fifth win of the season.

Notes

Orange County clinched a spot for Sunday's WTT Finals with Springfield's win. The Breakers own the tiebreaker over the third place San Diego Aviators with one match remaining.

Sloane Stephens became the first player to win 50 women's singles games this WTT season.

Steve Johnson became the first player to win 50 men's singles games this WTT season.

NOV. 26 SCHEDULE

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

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

The final rematch of the 2020 WTT Finals takes place Friday, with the defending champion New York Empire taking on the 2020 WTT runner-up Chicago Smash at 3 p.m.

Springfield, who clinched a spot in the 2021 WTT Finals Presented by Guaranteed Rate on Thursday, looks to claim the No. 1 seed and regular season crown with one more win. The regular season champion has the advantage of picking the order of play for the WTT Finals. The Lasers take on the San Diego Aviators in Friday's second match at 6 p.m.

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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