By Jerry Milani
ALBANY, N.Y, July 15, 2013 – The NY Sportimes won four of five events as they topped the Philadelphia Freedoms, 22-17, in Mylan World TeamTennis action at SEFCU Arena at the University of Albany on Monday.
Jesse Witten and James Blake opened the evening for the Sportimes (3-3) with a men’s doubles triumph over Samuel Groth and Jordan Kerr, 5-2. Anna-Lena Groenefeld followed with a 5-2 women’s singles victory over Victoria Duval to double the Sportimes’ advantage to 10-4. Groth then turned the tables on Blake, topping the Sportimes’ marquee player by the same 5-2 count in men’s singles to shave the Freedoms’ (1-5) deficit to 12-9 at halftime.
Kveta Peschke and Blake then teamed to upend the Freedoms’ mixed doubles tandem of Liezel Huber and Groth, 5-4, for a four-game NY advantage heading into the final event. Groenefeld and Peschke then closed out the match by edging Duval and Huber, 5-4, for the final margin.
The Sportimes next host the Boston Lobsters on Tuesday SEFCU Arena, beginning at 7:30. Team captain John McEnroe will then lead the Sportimes in their final match of the Albany portion of the Mylan WTT home season, set for Thursday at 7:30 vs. the Orange County Breakers.
Philadelphia hosts Washington at The Pavilion at Villanova University on Tuesday in its next action.
Mylan World TeamTennis
NY Sportimes 22, Philadelphia Freedoms 17
At SEFCU Arena, Albany, N.Y.
Men’s doubles, Jesse Witten/James Blake (Sportimes) d. Samuel Groth/Jordan Kerr, 5-2
Women’s singles, Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Sportimes) d. Victoria Duval, 5-2
Men’s singles, Groth (Freedoms) d. Blake, 5-2
Mixed doubles, Witten/Kveta Peschke (Sportimes) d. Liezel Huber/Groth, 5-4
Women’s doubles, Groenefeld/Peshke (Sportimes) d. Duval/Huber, 5-4