Sunday, July 26, 2015

Surging Dream clinches WTT playoff berth

   The California Dream, which was 2-3 at one point this season, today clinched a berth in the World TeamTennis playoffs with its fifth consecutive victory and sixth in seven matches.
   California defeated the host Philadelphia Freedoms 22-16 as Bob and Mike Bryan completed their three-match stint with the Dream. The 37-year-old Bryan twins won five of the six sets in which one or both of them played, including both today.
   "An awesome 4 days with the @CalDreamTennis! Proud to help their playoff run," Bob Bryan tweeted.
   California (8-4) will play the Austin Aces (9-2) for the Western Conference championship on Thursday, almost certainly in Austin, Texas. For California to host the match in the Sacramento area, the Dream would have to win both of its remaining regular-season matches, and the Aces would have to lose all three of theirs.
   If California and Austin tie for first place, the Aces own the tiebreaker by virtue of their 3-0 head-to-head record.
   The Dream will end its three-match road trip on Monday against International Tennis Hall of Famer Martina Hingis and the Washington Kastles (8-3), who already have clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Kastles have won four straight WTT titles and five of the last six.
   California will play its regular-season finale on Wednesday against the San Diego Aviators (4-7) at Dream Stadium at Sunrise Mall in the Sacramento suburb of Citrus Heights. 
In Villanova, Pa.
   Men's singles -- Tennys Sandgren (Dream) def. Robby Ginepri 5-4.
   Women's singles -- Taylor Townsend (Freedoms) def. Jarka Gajdosova 5-2.
   Men's doubles -- Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan (Dream) def. Ginepri and Marcelo Melo 5-1.
   Women's doubles -- Gajdosova and Anabel Medina Garrigues (Dream) def. Abigail Spears and Townsend 5-4.
   Mixed doubles -- Garrigues and Bob Bryan (Dream) def. Townsend and Melo 5-2.

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