IRVINE — For the first time this year, an Orange County Breakers match went into overtime Saturday night at UC Irvine's Bren Events Center.
Overtime is a unique feature to World Team Tennis. It is not unique in the world of one of the onlookers of the women's singles match between Anna-Lena Groenefeld of the Breakers and Asia Muhammad of the Sacramento Capitals.
Asia's younger brother, Shabazz, watched the action close to the court in the southeast corner. Shabazz Muhammad, considered one of the top high school men's basketball recruits in the country, will play at UCLA this year.
Asia nearly pulled off a superstar type of comeback herself. But Groenefeld got the hold she needed in the second game of overtime and helped the Breakers earn a 23-20 victory.
"It's a big confidence-builder for the team," said the Breakers' John-Patrick Smith, who opened the match with a big tiebreaker victory in men's doubles with Travis Parrott. "Anna-Lena competed great tonight. Great team effort."