Coming off their historic perfect 2011 season, the Washington Kastles clinched their 17th consecutive victory overall with a 22-18 win on the road against the Orange County Breakers on Monday. Leading the way for Washington in the first World TeamTennis match of 2012 was two-time league MVP Leander Paes, who teamed with Anastasia Rodionova to win mixed doubles 5-1 before partnering Bobby Reynolds to a 5-3 win in men’s doubles.
It was a remarkable performance from Paes, who arrived in California Monday afternoon after playing in the Wimbledon mixed doubles final on Sunday and competing in each of the last seven days of that tournament. Paes’ two victories propelled Washington to a 17-14 lead entering the fifth set, which Kastles’ closer Reynolds clinched 5-4 in men’s singles. Reynolds saved three set points against John-Patrick Smith, finishing off the Breakers with an ace out wide on his first match point.