A day after surpassing the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers’ 33-game win streak for a symbolic milestone in the franchise’s history, the Washington Kastles lost to the Texas Wild, 23-18, for their first World Team Tennis defeat since July 22, 2010.
Washington’s Leander Paes and Bobby Reynolds opened with a 5-4 victory for over Aisam Qureshi and Alex Bogomolov Jr. It would be Kastles’ only set victory of the night.
The Wild rallied in the next two sets to win women’s doubles (5-4) and men’s singles (5-3), taking a 14-12 lead at half.
Mixed doubles pair Paes and Anastasia Rodionova went up early, 4-2, in the next set against Qureshi and Darija Jurak, but couldn’t fend off a rally that dropped the Kastles in a 18-16 hole entering women’s singles.
In the final set, Rodionova fell to Eugenie Bouchard, 5-2, and Washington’s streak came to an end in front of a boisterous opening night crowd in Irving, Tex.
The Kastles, who started the season strong with wins at home on Monday and Tuesday night, couldn’t keep the magic going for a 35th straight win.
The streak has included two consecutive undefeated seasons and appearances by both Serena and Venus Williams.