World TeamTennis final set for Sunday

As Americans celebrated Thanksgiving, the two finalists of Sunday’s World TeamTennis Finals Presented by Guaranteed Rate were determined after two weeks of league play between the five competing teams at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Stadium 2.

The Springfield Lasers scored a 21-17 victory over the defending champion New York Empire and will meet the Orange County Breakers in the championship match, despite the Chicago Smash defeating the Breakers 20-19 in Friday’s second match.

Springfield’s victory earlier in the day handed the edge to Orange County, who are just one match ahead of the San Diego Aviators.

The Lasers won their first WTT regular season championship in the non-division format by defeating the San Diego Aviators 23-16 on Friday night.

On Thursday, Springfield clinched their spot in the 2021 WTT Finals, winning against New York to clinch the match, placing the Lasers at the top of the standings, which makes them the No 1 seed with the advantage of picking the order of play for Sunday’s final.

Despite the Chicago Smash defeating the Orange County Breakers 20-19 by a Supertiebreaker in the
second match, the Breakers clinched their spot in the 2021 WTT Finals through Springfield’s victory earlier in the day.

Orange County is one match ahead of San Diego Aviatorts, with one match left and owns the tiebreaker.

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.

After 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.


Orange County Breakers will meet Springfield Lasers in Sunday's WTT Final

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The final rematch of the 2020 WTT Finals took place on Friday, with the defending champion New
York Empire beating the 2020 WTT runner-up Chicago Smash, 24-20, while the Springfield Lasers won their first WTT regular season championship in the non-division format by defeating the San Diego Aviators, 23-16, winning 4 of the 5 sets to clinch the match

Victories in men’s doubles and women’s singles allowed New York to take an early 10-7 lead,
but the Smash collected the mixed doubles set win and eventually tied the score 15-15 in
women’s doubles.

Kirsten Flipkens & Quinn Gleason responded by winning the next three games and eventually won the tiebreak to claim the women’s doubles set that extended the Empire’s lead 19-16.

Marcos Giron, the 2014 NCAA singles champion from UCLA, clinched the win for the Empire by defeating fellow American Tommy Paul 5-4 in men’s singles.

The last two re-matches remaining to play on Saturday will not affect the standings of the top two teams on the leaderboard as Springfield Lasers take on the Orange County Breakers in the afternoon, and New York Empire play San Diego Aviators in the early evening.

The Springfield Lasers, fresh off clinching the 2021 WTT regular season title, face their championship opponents, while the Empire, WTT’s 2020 champion, close out the league against the Aviators hoping to improve their statistics at the foot of the table.

On Day 15 of the competition, Orange County Breakers will field Steve Johnson, Austin Krajicek, Desirae Krawczyk, and Tatjana Maria against Springfield Lasers’ Denis Kudla, Giuliana Olmos, Marcelo Arevalo, and Asia Muhammad; while San Diego Aviators will pitch Aleks Vukic, Will Blumberg, Coco Vandeweghe, and Caroline Dolehide against New York Empire’s Marcos Giron, Chris Eubanks, Quinn Gleason, and Kirsten Flipkens.


2020 WTT Champions New York Empire end the 2021 season at the foot of the standings

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Results – Friday 26 November

New York Empire 24, Chicago Smash 20

  • Men’s Doubles: Chris Eubanks/Marcos Giron (Empire) def. Nick Monroe/Tommy Paul (Smash) 5-4
  • Women’s Singles: Kirsten Flipkens (Empire) def. Alex Osborne (Smash) 5-3
  • Mixed Doubles: Alexa Guarachi/Tommy Paul (Smash) def. Chris Eubanks/Quinn Gleason (Empire) 5-4
  • Women’s Doubles: Kirsten Flipkens/Quinn Gleason (Empire) def. Alexa Guarachi/Alex Osborne (Smash) 5-4
  • Men’s Singles: Marcos Giron (Empire) def. Tommy Paul (Smash) 5-4

Springfield Lasers 23, San Diego Aviators 16

  • Women’s Doubles: Asia Muhammad/Giuliana Olmos (Lasers) def. Caroline Dolehide/CoCo Vandeweghe (Aviators) 5-3
  • Women’s Singles: Asia Muhammad (Lasers) def. Caroline Dolehide (Aviators) 5-2
  • Men’s Doubles: Marcelo Arevalo/Denis Kudla (Lasers) def. Will Blumberg/Aleks Vukic (Aviators) 5-2
  • Men’s Singles: Aleks Vukic (Aviators) def. Denis Kudla (Lasers) 5-3
  • Mixed Doubles: Marcelo Arevalo/Giuliana Olmos (Lasers) def. Will Blumberg/CoCo Vandeweghe (Aviators) 5-4

Results – Thursday 26 November

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

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)

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