Breakers fall to Wild

Orange County has chances, but loses to Texas before heading on three-match road trip. Roddick visits Saturday.

July 08, 2013|By Matt Szabo
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IRVINE — With eight professional tennis players in the house, eight children still put on one of the best performances Monday night at Bren Events Center.

Children from the Center Stage Studio of Aliso Viejo, ages 8 to 10, performed at halftime of the Orange County Breakers' match against the Texas Wild. The kids, dressed in all black, captivated the crowd as they performed to music from Gwen Stefani and Justin Timberlake.

The kids stole the show, but the Wild stole the Mylan World Team Tennis match.

Alex Bogomolov, Jr. defeated Orange County's Steve Johnson in a men's singles tiebreaker to end the match that Texas won, 20-18.

The Breakers (1-1) would have liked to have headed on the road with two wins under their collective belt. Instead, they will begin their trip to play the other three Western Conference teams with a .500 record. They play at Sacramento on Wednesday (Mardy Fish playing for Sacramento), at Texas on Thursday and at Springfield (Andy Roddick) on Friday.


"It's going to be defining, there's no question," Breakers Coach Trevor Kronemann said. "We've got three [Western Conference] teams. We've got Springfield, and we've got Sacramento, who beat [Texas] on [Sunday] night … This is going to be the defining road trip, I think. [They're] matches we need to win and take care of."

Orange County returns home to the Bren on Saturday to play Springfield. That match will also feature Roddick playing for the Lasers, and Billie Jean King will make a special appearance.

Monday's match appeared there for the taking. The Breakers beat Texas in the opening set of the match, men's doubles, as Johnson and Treat Huey topped Bogomolov and Aisam Qureshi, 5-2.

Texas (1-1) won the next two sets. Eugenie Bouchard and Darija Jurak topped Coco Vandeweghe and Maria Elena Camerin, 5-3, in mixed doubles. Then Qureshi and Jurak won in mixed doubles, 5-1.

Behind 12-9, the Breakers and Vandeweghe rallied with a big victory. Vandeweghe, the Newport Beach resident, defeated Bouchard in women's singles, 5-3. Bouchard, a Canadian, is ranked No. 56 on the WTA Tour – 66 spots higher than Vandeweghe.

But Vandeweghe had a chance to win the set even more dominantly. She was a point away, serving at 4-1, before a failed serve-and-volley attempt and a double fault brought the game to 3-3. Bouchard then won the next point, narrowing her deficit to 4-2. She then held for 4-3.

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