Tonight, the Philadelphia Freedoms take on their rival, the Washington Kastles. The two teams met for the first time this season on Friday night in Washington D.C. The Freedoms came out victorious winning the match 23-17. The Freedoms won every set except for Men’s Singles, but Donald Young was able to clinch the win in Extended Play over Frances Tiafoe. For full match statistics from Friday night, click here.
The Freedoms go into tonight’s match winning three straight matches. The Freedoms and Kastles sit atop the league standings, tied for first place with the San Diego Aviators; all three teams are 3-2.
The match tonight will feature Sloane Stephens, Taylor Townsend, Darian King and Fabrice Martin for the Freedoms. The Kastles, led by Coach Murphy Jensen, travel to Hagan Arena with Madison Brengle, Anastasia Rodionova, Bruno Soares and Sam Groth.
So far this season, the Freedoms have been extremely successful in Doubles matches, specifically in Women’s Doubles behind the play of Sloane Stephens and Taylor Townsend.
GP GW GL % ACES DF 1ST% 2ND% BREAK PT RATIO 3 ALL PTS RATIO
Taylor Townsend 42 25 17 0.595 4 0 0.789 1 6 of 14 6 of 9
Sloane Stephens 42 25 17 0.595 1 1 0.683 0.947 6 of 14 6 of 9
Madison Brengle, from Dover, Delaware, is playing her third consecutive with the Kastles. In 2015, it was Brengle who clinched the fifth straight title for the Kastles. Brengle projects to face Sloane Stephens of the Freedoms in Women’s Singles. Stephens and Brengle share one thing in common, they both have career wins over one of the best tennis players in the world, Serena Williams. Stephens and Brengle met in 2011, which was the only time the two have went head-to-head in their careers; Stephens beat Brengle in the Semifinal at Estoril – Oeiras
Bruno Soares is making his World TeamTennis debut with the Kasltes this season. The Brazilian is one of the best Doubles players in the world and ended the 2016 season as the No.1 Doubles team in the world after winning the Australian Open and U.S. Open Doubles Title with Jamie Murray. He also has been a top individual in the world, boasting a career high ranking of No. 2 in the world in Men’s Singles. Soares will take the court in Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles where he will face a familiar opponent in Fabrice Martin. Fabrice has found success against Soares, beating him four teams this year at the Barcelona Open, Qatar Open, Vienna Open and the Stuttgart Open.
Sam Groth played with the Freedoms in 2013 and is most known for the speed of his serve. In 2012, he recorded the fastest serve in tennis history, 163.7 mph; to this day no serve has been faster. Groth will likely take on Darian King in Men’s Singles. The two have met once previously, Groth defeated King in straight sets at the Aegon Ilkley Trophy.
To purchase tickets for tonights match, click here. The two rivals will play once again tomorrow night. In tomorrow night’s match, Venus Williams will join the Kastles.