The Washington Kastles wrapped up the World Team Tennis regular season with a 25-9 win over the Boston Lobsters on Wednesday night, a preview of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night at the Wharf.
Washington (12-2) is likely content with the prospect of a rematch, as the Kastles had little trouble with Boston. Captain Leander Paes, returning from an injury, and Martina Hingis set the tone in the first set, downing the Lobsters’ mixed doubles pairing of Katalin Marosi and Eric Butorac, 5-1.
With Hingis resting up for the conference finals, Anastasia Rodionova took her normal slot in women’s singles and faced Jill Craybas. The Kastles didn’t miss a beat, as Rodionova disposed of Craybas, 5-2.
Paes then rejoined Bobby Reynolds in men’s doubles. Reynolds, who’d been working on his play at the net with Hingis before the match, hit several volleys wide and into the net as the Lobsters broke serve in the third game.
But redemption came in the very next game, when Reynolds crafted several strong returns to help the Kastles break back. They went on to win 5-2, with Reynolds recovering to hit a perfect volley in the final game.
Hingis and Rodionova battled to a 5-3 win women’s doubles, and Reynolds closed things out with a 5-1 win, the Kastles’ tenth straight.
“[Playing the Lobsters] helps us a lot [for the conference finals],” Washington Coach Murphy Jensen said. “We know that if we do what we do, everything will be just fine.”