IRVINE — Former world No. 1 women's tennis player Lindsay Davenport couldn't be sure what she had going into her 10th season of World Team Tennis.
What the Orange County Breakers have is one of their best teams in years.
They had already clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference Finals before Saturday's regular-season finale against visiting Philadelphia. But, they still wanted to finish on a strong note.
The Breakers did that, defeating the Freedoms 21-15 for their fifth straight victory. Orange County (8-6) will play Sacramento (7-7) in the Western Conference Finals on Sept. 14 in Charleston, S.C. Washington (14-0) plays New York (9-5) in the Eastern Conference Finals the following day, and the winners meet for the WTT title on Sept. 16.
After Saturday's match, Davenport, a Laguna Beach resident who now has three children, talked about the fun she's had this year.
"These guys have been so great," said Davenport, the marquee player who played in all seven home matches for Orange County and three on the road. "I really feel like I've been so lucky in my Team Tennis teams over the years, because you never know what you're going to get with the draft. I'd never known, never heard of John-Patrick [Smith] before. I knew a little bit of Travis [Parrott], I never knew Jana [Juricova] and I knew Anna-Lena [Groenefeld], but that was it.