Washington Kastles tie Lakers' 33 straight in WTT opener
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - The Washington Kastles kicked off their 2013 World Team Tennis season in historic fashion, defeating the New York Sportimes, 23-15, in front of a sold-out crowd for their 33rd consecutive victory overall.
Washington has now tied the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the longest winning streak in major U.S. pro sports history.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Washington Redskins Hall of Famer John Riggins were part of a crowd of over 2,500 at Kastles Stadium at the Wharf as Grand Slam champions Martina Hingis and Leander Paes helped the Kastles dominate from the first serve. The Kastles will now play for sole possession of the longest winning streak in major U.S. pro sports history on Tuesday night when they host the Boston Lobsters.
"To tie the Lakers is great, but tomorrow against the Lobsters is the important match," said Bobby Reynolds, who lost to Novak Djokovic in the second round at Wimbledon last week. "We have come this far and put in so much work, we want number 34."
World No. 22 Kevin Anderson set the tone with his men's singles opening set defeat of Jesse Witten and Hingis followed suit, beating Anna-Lena Groenefeld in her first match as a Kastle. Hingis and Paes maintained the momentum with a mixed doubles win midway through the competition and Paes and Reynolds won the final set of men's doubles to close it out.
"It was my first match. I was nervous," added Hingis, the former world No. 1. "The crowd was amazing. The people are into it."
The Kastles built their record to 32 straight with undefeated WTT championship seasons the past two years.
07/09 07:36:25 ET