Sacramento Capitals advance to WTT Finals

CHARLESTON, S.C. (September 14, 2012) —  There has been a lot of talk about the Washington Kastles historic 30-match win streak leading into the WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO, but the Sacramento Capitals will have an opportunity to make history of their own after defeating the Orange County Breakers 25-15 to win the WTT Western Conference Championship and a spot in Sunday’s WTT Finals at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.

The Capitals will be vying for a League-best seventh Championship title on Sunday when they face the winner of Saturday’s New York Sportimes-Washington Kastles Eastern Conference Championship match.

Sacramento jumped out to an early lead with a first set win in men’s singles.  Kevin Anderson overpowered the Breakers’ John-Patrick Smith 5-3.  Anderson started mixed doubles and won the first game on the South African’s big serve before Caps coach Wayne Bryan brought in doubles great Mark Knowles to join Coco Vandeweghe.  Knowles was spectacular, hitting winners and leading the Caps to a 5-4 set win with Yasmin Schnack,  who replaced Vandeweghe at 2-2.

Sacramento took a commanding 15-8 halftime lead after Anderson and Knowles overpowered Smith and Travis Parrott in men’s doubles, 5-1.  Coco Vandeweghe edged the Breakers’ Jana Juricova 5-4 in women’s singles to give the Caps an eight-game lead going into the final set.

Schnack and Asia Muhammad closed out the victory for Sacramento with a 5-3 win over Groenefeld and Juricova in women’s doubles.

WTT action continues at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. when Venus Williams  leads the Washington Kastles against the New York Sportimes with John McEnroe.  The Kastles are riding a 30-match win streak that started with their unbeaten 2011 season, giving them the second longest U.S. pro sports team win streak in history.

The roster for the Kastles includes Williams, Leander Paes, 2012 WTT Male MVP Bobby Reynolds, Anastasia Rodionova and Arina Rodionova.  McEnroe will be joined by Jesse Witten, Robert Kendrick, Kveta Peschke and Ashley Harkleroad for the Sportimes.

Ticket specials for the WTT Finals Weekend are available through the Family Circle Tennis Center box office, which opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday.  For tickets, travel packages or more information, please contact the Box Office at 1-800-677-2293 or visit www.familycirclecup.com.

Final results from the WTT Western Conference Championship presented by GEICO:

(Home team in capital letters)

Sacramento Capitals def. ORANGE COUNTY BREAKERS, 25-15

Men’s Singles – Kevin Anderson (Capitals) def. John-Patrick Smith (Breakers) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Mark Knowles\Yasmin Schnack (Capitals) def. John-Patrick Smith\Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Breakers) 5-4

Men’s Doubles – Kevin Anderson\Mark Knowles (Capitals) def. John-Patrick Smith\Travis Parrott (Breakers) 5-1

Women’s Singles – Coco Vandeweghe (Capitals) def. Jana Juricova (Breakers) 5-4

Women’s Doubles – Asia Muhammad\Yasmin Schnack (Capitals) def. Anna-Lena Groenefeld\Jana Juricova (Breakers) 5-3

Next Matches:

9/15/2012

WTT Eastern Conference Championship presented by GEICO:  New York Sportimes vs. WASHINGTON KASTLES, 6:30 PM (ET)

9/16/2012

WTT Finals:  Sacramento Capitals vs. EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPION, 3:30 PM (ET)

For live scoring and complete player / match statistics, please visit www.WTT.com

Media contacts:

Rosie Crews – rcrews@wtt.com; C: 817.691.5424

WILSON WOMEN WAGE FIERCE BATTLE AT 2012 US OPEN SINGLES FINAL

CHICAGO (September 9, 2012) – Wilson Racquet Sports (www.wilson.com), the official ball and stringer of the US Open, was omni-present at the women’s singles’ final with WTA no. 4 Serena Williams playing fellow Wilson player and world no. 1, Victoria Azarenka. Williams, fresh from her Olympic gold medal and playing with her Wilson Blade Team, continued her momentum with a hard fought win over Azarenka, playing with her Wilson Juice 100. Winning her 15th career Grand Slam and fourth US Open title, Williams defeated Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

Williams, who lost only 19 games in six matches leading into the final, took the first set with a dominating serve and precise groundstrokes. Azarenka broke Williams’ serve twice in the second set to level the score to one set apiece. The 23-year old Belarusian came out strong in the third, breaking Williams’ serve to lead 2-1 before Williams reversed the lead by breaking right back. Williams’ win here caps off a steady string of wins, sweeping Wimbledon and the Olympics.

“It’s incredible to win in front of a home crowd,” said Williams. “I felt their energy the entire match and thank all my fans for their support. Vika didn’t make it easy for me — she played a tough match, but I was able to hold on and achieve what I came here to do.”

This is Williams’ 45th WTA career title and tenth victory over Azarenka in their last 11 meetings, all played with Wilson rackets. Williams has won more major titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles than any other active player, male or female and is the second woman ever to win a Golden Slam.

“Serena showed incredible focus and we couldn’t be more proud,” said Renaud Vallon, global tour director of Wilson Racquet Sports. “She is incredibly passionate and shows the next generation what it takes to win.”

The Wilson Blade Team flex and pinpoint accuracy make it the racket of choice among top professionals, including Serena and her sister Venus. The larger head size provides more punch, while the lighter weight gives players greater maneuverability for hitting big shots with increased control. The Wilson Juice 100 features Amplifeel™, Wilson’s proprietary handle system, designed to increase power and spin for hard-hitting players.

Wilson won the US Open mixed doubles final with Bruno Soares and Ekaterina Makarova defeating Kveta Peschke and Marcin Matkowski 6-7(8), 6-1,12-10 in a tiebreak. Soares played with his Wilson Six.One 95 and Ekaterina played with her Wilson Tour BLX. Wilson also swept in juniors with Filip Peliwo (Wilson Blade 98) and Samantha Crawford (Wilson Tour BLX) winning the boys and girls finals respectively, and Kyle Edmund (Six.One 95) and Gabby Andrews (Wilson Juice 100) securing victories in the boys and girls doubles finals.

Wilson owns more Grand Slam titles than any other racket brand.

About Wilson: Wilson Racquet Sports is a division of Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sports equipment and owned by Amer Sports. Wilson designs, manufactures and distributes sporting goods throughout the world and focuses on making technologically advanced products which help players of all levels perform better. For more information, visit www.wilson.com.

Sportimes Rally Past Aces, 16-15

NEW YORK — Martina Hingis and Jesse Witten won singles events, both by 5-0 counts, and Hingis won a super-tiebreak over Liezel Huber, 7-6, as the New York SPORTIMES rallied for a 16-15 World TeamTennis victory over the St. Louis Aces at SPORTIME on Randall’s Island tonight.

The SPORTIMES (5-1) trailed the entire match, finally earning a tie on Hingis’s 5-0 victory in the fifth event, women’s singles.  By WTT rules, Hingis’ win over Maria Sanchez (with Huber replacing Sanchez for the final game) narrowed evened the match at 15, extending the match to a super tiebreak.  With the super-tiebreak tied at 6-6, Hingis won the deciding point, coming to the net after a 12-ball rally and stroking the winner.

Jean-Julien Rojer and Roman Borvanov’s opening event men’s doubles win, Huber and Sanchez topped the SPORTIMES’ duo of Hingis and Katie O’Brien, 5-1, to give the Aces (4-2) a commanding 10-3 match lead.  Witten swept a 5-0 third event over Borvanov to pull the hosts to within 10-8.  Huber and Rojer’s 5-2 win extended the Aces’ margin to 15-10 before Hingis’s heroics gave the SPORTIMES their fifth straight win.

New York visits first-place Washington in a battle of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference on Tuesday, while Western Conference-leading St. Louis continues its eastern swing against winless Philadelphia.

World TeamTennis
at New York
N.Y. SPORTIMES 16, St. Louis Aces 15
Men’s Doubles – Roman Borvanov/Jean-Julien Rojer (St. L.) def. Travis Parrott/Jesse Witten, 5-2
Women’s Doubles – Liezel Huber/Maria Sanchez (St. L.) def. Martina Hingis/Katie O’Brien, 5-1
Men’s Singles – Jesse Witten (N.Y.) def. Roman Borvanov, 5-0
Mixed Doubles – Liezel Huber/Jean-Julien Rojer  (St. L.) def. Martina Hingis/Travis Parrott, 5-2
Women’s Singles – Martina Hingis def. Maria Sanchez (Liezel Huber replaced Sanchez in Game 5), 5-0
Super Tiebreak – Martina Hingis def. Liezel Huber, 16-15

N.Y. SPORTIMES Declaw Boston Lobsters in World TeamTennis, 21-16

Martina Hingis won her singles and women’s doubles matches, pacing the New York SPORTIMES to a 21-16 World TeamTennis victory over the visiting Boston Lobsters at SPORTIME on Randall’s Island in Manhattan Wednesday night.

In men’s doubles, the SPORTIMES tandem of Jesse Witten and Greg Jones topped Jan-Michael Gambill and Eric Butorac, 5-3.  Hingis stretched New York’s lead with a 5-2 women’s singles victory over Coco Vandeweghe.  Men’s singles went to Gambill, who topped Witten, 5-3.  The mixed doubles team of Vandeweghe and Butorac pulled Boston to within a point at 16-15 with a 5-3 win over Hingis and Jones, before Hingis and Abigail Spears finished off the victory with a 5-1 women’s doubles triumph over Vandeweghe and Mashona Washington.

With the win, New York avenged a loss to Boston in the season opener on Tuesday.

Both teams are in action on Thursday as the SPORTIMES visit Philadelphia, while the Lobsters travel to Washington.

World TeamTennis
at New York
N.Y. Sportimes (1-1) def. Boston Lobsters (1-1), 21-16
Men’s Doubles: Jesse Witten/Greg Jones (N.Y.) d. Jan-Michael Gambill/Eric Butorac, 5-3
Women’s Singles: Martina Hingis (N.Y.) d. Coco Vandeweghe, 5-2
Men’s Singles:  Jan-Michael Gambill (Bos.) d. Jesse Witten, 5-3
Mixed Doubles: Coco Vandeweghe/Eric Butorac (Bos.) d. Martina Hingis/Greg Jones, 5-3
Women’s Doubles: Martina Hingis/Abigail Spears (N.Y.) d.  Coco Vandeweghe/Mashona Washington, 5-1

A New Martina Hingis Leads The Sportimes back into Action…

She was known as “The Swiss Miss,” and at the ripe old age of 18 dominated the women’s tennis scene, especially the hard courts and tough fans of New York’s US Open. Now at age 32, a reborn, married and healthy Martina Hingis will return to New York and the fans who loved her as a member of the New York Sportimes of World Team Tennis. The Sportimes will begin defense of their 2010 Eastern conference title Wednesday the 6th when they take on The Boston Lobsters on Randall’s Island.

“I love the Team Tennis format that Billie Jean has created, and getting to play on the court in New York, at the beautiful facility John McEnroe has will be a thrill for sure,” Hingis said this week. “I feel great, I am enjoying life, and I want to have a great month for the fans and our team.”

The Martina Hingis of today is much more like the graceful player that stormed to the top of the women’s tennis game and much less like the rebellious twentysomething whose life turned due to injuries, boredom and other off the court issues in the latter half of the last decade. She has a new husband, showjumper Thibault Hutin, a new doubles partner at Grand Slams seniors events (Lindsay Davenport, who she teamed to win the French Open Masters with in May), and a new outlook on life that is refreshing in a sport that usually casts off its former stars for long periods of time. “I have my horses, my tennis and a very nice balance right now, especially not travelling 30 weeks a year playing,” she added.

Hingis will be a Sportimes mainstay for their matches this coming month. Fans can catch her no less than five times at the beautiful Randall’s Island facility, playing singles (including a match with the Washington Kastles Serena Williams) and mixed doubles with team captain McEnroe.

More importantly for tennis, it appears that one of their former bright stars is back and enjoying the game, and will bring that joy to the fun-filled world of WTT starting on Wednesday. For all the details visit newyorksportimes.com.

Billie Jean King is Newest Inductee Into Tennis Industry Hall of Fame

NEW YORK, NY (Sept. 10, 2010) — Few players, male or female, have had the large-scale impact on or off the tennis court as Billie Jean King—in fact, last year King was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her impact and influence on the sport and industry of tennis are so significant that she is the newest member inducted into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame.

“It’s an honor to be a part of the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame, and to follow in the footsteps of Dennis Van der Meer, Howard Head and Alan Schwartz,” said King in a ceremony at the Tennis Industry Association’s Tennis Forum in New York City, during the 2010 US Open tennis tournament. Van der Meer and Head were inducted in 2008, the inaugural year for the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame. Schwartz was inducted last year.

Jeff Williams, publisher of Tennis Magazine and chairman of the TIA’s Hall of Fame Committee, introduced King at the Tennis Forum. “We are honoring you because you were the spark,” Williams told the crowd, “the spark that caused a boom. A boom that gave rise to the tennis industry as we know it today. We are all part of an industry that is bigger, an industry that is better, and an industry that is stronger because of you.”

King started playing tennis only because a childhood friend in fifth grade asked her to play. “If she hadn’t asked me, I wouldn’t have started playing,” says King, who likens her experience in tennis to life itself. “Tennis teaches you to keep playing, keep going and maintain optimism in life.”

King began playing Grand Slam tournaments as a teenager in the 1960s. She won her first doubles title at Wimbledon at age 17, and went on to rack up 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed-doubles titles, including a record 20 titles at Wimbledon (six singles, 14 doubles and mixed doubles).

It wasn’t enough just to play the game, though; King made it better. She campaigned for equal prize money for men and women; her efforts helped make that goal a reality at the US Open in 1973, and eventually at all four major tournaments. She led efforts among players to support the first women’s professional tour.

A defining moment for King, for tennis, and for women in sports came in 1973, when she beat Bobby Riggs in the nationally televised Battle of the Sexes match. Her 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 win was a pivotal point for tennis, and it cemented her status as an icon in both the sports world and in pop culture in general.

She founded the Women’s Tennis Association in 1973, the Women’s Sports Foundation and Women’s Sports Magazine in 1974, and also in 1974, co-founded World TeamTennis, the groundbreaking co-ed professional tennis league. She also founded the WTT Recreational League, one of the most popular recreational tennis formats in the U.S. Her involvement with the sport continues today; she is a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and remains involved with the U.S. Tennis Association.

King continues to push barriers, both inside and outside of tennis. In 2007, she co-founded GreenSlam, an environmental initiative for the sports industry. She was named Global Mentor for Gender Equality by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2008. She continues to be a leader in the fight for equality and recognition in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community.

In 2009, at the White House, President Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, making her the first female athlete to be so honored. “We honor what she did to broaden the reach of the game, to change how women athletes and women everywhere view themselves, and to give everyone—including my two daughters—a chance to compete both on the court and in life,” the President said in presenting the honor.

King’s significant contributions on the court, to the sport itself, and to society were noted when in 2006, the National Tennis Center was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The court on which generations of players will set their own milestones and break their own barriers now carries the name of one of the first players to do that.

About the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame
Created in 2008, the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals who have made a significant impact on tennis, from the 1960s to the present. Nominations can be made in four categories—inventors, founders, innovators and contributors. The first two inductees were Dennis Van der Meer and the late Howard Head. Last year, Alan Schwartz was the sole inductee. Plaques for all Tennis Industry Hall of Fame inductees are on permanent display at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. For more information, visit TennisIndustry.org/HOF.

WTA Results – 9/9/10

US OPEN

New York, NY-USA

August 30-September 12, 2010

$22,668,000/Grand Slam

Hard/Outdoors

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Doubles – Semifinals

(6) King/Shvedova (USA/KAZ) d. (9) Black/Rodionova (ZIM/AUS) 63 46 64

Mixed Doubles – Final

(1) Liezel Huber/Bob Bryan (USA/USA) d. Kveta Peschke/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (CZE/PAK) 64 64

Successful Doubles Teams in US Open Gallery Exhibition, Tennis Twosomes: Doubles Teams Across the Eras

NEWPORT, R.I., August 25, 2010 – The International Tennis Hall of Fame will highlight the intricacies of the doubles game and the achievements of the greatest doubles teams in tennis history in a special exhibition at the US Open entitled Tennis Twosomes: Doubles Teams Across the Eras. Among the many teams featured in the exhibit will be Class of 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees Gigi Fernandez & Natasha Zvereva, Todd Woodbridge & Mark Woodforde, and mixed doubles star Owen Davidson. The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum Gallery at the US Open will be open daily, August 30 – September 12, and admission is complimentary for guests attending the US Open. New this year, the gallery is located in the SmashZone at the Indoor Training Center.

“Doubles is a fascinating discipline of the game, and building a partnership that can attain significant success is a commendable achievement. This exhibit is a fitting tribute to the game and its players. It appropriately tops off an exciting year that has been marked by great doubles moments, including the Hall of Fame induction of five doubles stars and the record-setting victory achieved by the Bryan brothers,” said Mark L. Stenning, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. “We’re pleased to offer this gallery, a small taste of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, as part of the US Open experience for tennis fans.”

The exhibit will showcase more than 125 years of doubles competition, ranging from James Dwight & Richard Sears, who won 5 of the first 7 US Open titles in the 1880s – when the event was known as the U.S. National Lawn Tennis Championships – through Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan, who set the new record for most doubles wins in history when they captured their 62nd victory together in August of this year.

In addition to the recent Hall of Fame inductees, more than 25 teams are featured in the exhibit, including Ernest Renshaw & William Renshaw, Laurie Doherty & Reggie Doherty, John Newcombe & Tony Roche, Owen Davidson & Billie Jean King, Margaret Smith Court & Marty Riessen, Martina Navratilova & Pam Shriver, Peter Fleming & John McEnroe, and Serena Williams & Venus Williams. By showcasing the success of the greatest doubles teams, the exhibit explores the intricacies of the doubles discipline, a unique game that is often compared to the institution of marriage. The most successful teams function as a single unit. Each half of the unit believes in the other, trusts in the other. They enhance each other’s strengths and mask the other’s weaknesses. They recognize verbal and non-verbal cues with equal ease, and they pick each other up when they are down. They are in perfect sync. But being in perfect sync is not enough to make a successful doubles duo. Each partner needs to have the skill set that pays dividends in the doubles arena. They instinctively know when to poach at the net or the perfect moment to hit the clean winner up the alley. They must possess the quickest of reflexes for exciting volley exchanges and be able to generate impossible angles. Most importantly, each partner knows how to move with the other, rarely leaving any portion of the court vulnerable to attack.

Tennis Twosomes: Doubles Teams Across the Eras celebrates some of the most successful doubles partnerships in the history of the game. From the Renshaws and Dohertys, to the “Woodies,” Bryan brothers and Williams sisters, tennis is filled with teams who have put it together, persevered through the highs and lows, and have written their names into the history books of tennis.

Located in Newport, Rhode Island, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum highlights the history of tennis from its 12th century origins through present-day, as well as the fascinating life stories of the game’s greatest athletes and industry contributors. The extensive collection features vintage tennis equipment, video highlights and iconic photos, tennis apparel ranging from Victorian dresses to modern fashions, tennis inspired paintings and fine arts, and memorabilia from remarkable moments as recent as the current-year Grand Slams. Changing exhibits and special exhibitions, similar to Tennis Twosomes: Doubles Teams Across the Eras, are displayed year-round in the Museum.

For additional information about the exhibit at the US Open or about the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, please visit tennisfame.com.

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About the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
Established in 1954, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, enshrining tennis heroes and heroines, and providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide. The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum was recognized as the sport’s official Hall of Fame in 1986 by the International Tennis Federation, the governing body of tennis. The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is supported by Official Partners, such as BNP Paribas. For information on the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum and its programs, call 401-849-3990 or visit us online at www.tennisfame.com.

Sportimes Beat Lobsters To Go To The Championship

NEW YORK (July 24, 2010) –

Abigail Spears helped win three events and Robert Kendrick two as the New York Sportimes defeated the Boston Lobsters 22-17 Friday night at SPORTIME at Randall’s Island to win the 2010 WTT Eastern Conference Championship.

The Sportimes will now hit the road and travel to Kansas City to take on the Western Conference Champion Kansas City Explorers Sunday (7:35 EDT), with the winner taking home the 35

th WTT Championship and the Billie Jean King Cup. The final will be shown on tape on July 28 on The Tennis Channel .

Friday night’s matches came indoors, with torrential rain forcing play off the Sportimes home court and into the $19 million dollar indoor facility, where a loud and enthusiastic capacity crowd saw Spears win women’s singles, as well as mixed and women’s doubles, while Kendrick took home mixed and men’s doubles (with Jesse Witten) to secure the victory and the trip to Kansas City.

The team had to fly cross country for the match, after finishing the regular season in Newport Beach, California Thursday night (posting a narrow 23-22 win over the Newport Beach Breakers, with Kendrick sealing the deal with a 5-4 singles win in the final event).

The Sportimes will be playing for the title for the second time.

They won the 2005 title, 21-18 over the Newport Beach Breakers.

FRIDAY RESULTS BY EVENT NEW YORK SPORTIMES def. Boston Lobsters 22-17Men’s Doubles – Robert KendrickJesse Witten (Sportimes) def. Eric ButoracJan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) 5-2

Women’s Doubles – Ashley HarkleroadAbigail Spears (Sportimes) def. Raquel Kops-JonesCoco Vandeweghe (Lobsters) 5-3

Men’s Singles –

Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) def. Robert Kendrick (Sportimes) 5-4

Women’s Singles –

Abigail Spears (Sportimes) def. Coco Vandeweghe (Lobsters) 5-1

Mixed Doubles – Eric ButoracRaquel Kops-Jones (Lobsters) def. Robert KendrickAbigail Spears (Sportimes) 5-2

Overtime – Mixed Doubles – Robert KendrickAbigail Spears (Sportimes) tied Eric ButoracRaquel Kops-Jones (Lobsters) 1-1

For more details and live scoring Sunday, visit

www.nysportimes.com.

Petrova To Quarters In Quebec

QUEBEC, CITY, Quebec – Nadia Petrova may be thankful Melanie Oudin dropped out of the Bell Challenge. After losing in the fourth round to the 17 year-old, Petrova rebounded to make the quarterfinals of the Quebec City Tournament.

Petrova, the top seed and defending champion in the 220,000-dollar tournament, beat Madison Brengle 6-3, 6-2 in 69 minutes, belting 10 aces past the 19-year-old American in their second-round clash.

This comes a day after the Russian knocked out Open mixed doubles winner Carly Gullickson in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0.

Petrova will face fifth-seeded Hungarian Melinda Czink, a 6-4, 6-3 winner over France’s Severine Bremond Beltrame in the quarterfinals.