Navratilova leads Boston Lobsters to an overtime victory over Philadelphia Freedoms
King of Prussia, Pa. (July 20, 2009) – Playing in her 20th World TeamTennis season, tennis legend Martina Navratilova led the Boston Lobsters to a 23-18 overtime victory over the Philadelphia Freedoms.
Navratilova, a 31- time Grand Slam Doubles Champion, along with partner Raquel Kops-Jones defeated Wayne, Pa native Lisa Raymond and Madison Keys 5-2. Navratilova partnered with James Auckland but they were unable to overcome the Freedoms’ Raymond and Nathan Healey in mixed doubles. The Freedoms prevailed 5-4, forcing overtime, where the Lobsters won the first game to decide the match in their favor.
In the opening set, Philadelphia’s Josh Cohen made his 2009 debut for the Freedoms to lead them to a win in men’s doubles. Cohen teamed with Nathan Healey take down the Lobsters team of James Auckland and Jan-Michael Gambill 5-3.
In women’s singles, Stephanie Foretz of the Lobsters got revenge against Keys from their July 12th match in Boston when Foretz prevailed 5-3. In Freedom stadium tonight, Foretz battled back from a 1-3 deficit to defeat Keys on her home court 5-3.
Riding on the wave of momentum, Jan-Michael Gambill rallied to beat Healey for the third time this season. He secured a solid 5-3 win for the Lobsters in men’s singles.
The Freedoms play their final home match of the season this Wednesday, July 22 when former world no.1 player and 2005 U.S. Open Champion Kim Clijsters and the St. Louis Aces visit Freedoms Stadium. Cljisters is playing the 2009 World TeamTennis season in preparation for her return to the pro tour leading up to the 2009 U.S. Open. Tickets for the final home match can be purchased by calling 866-WTT-TIXS or visiting philadelphiafreedoms.com.
Advanta World TeamTennis Pro League - Results for Monday, 7/20
(Home teams in capital letters)
Boston Lobsters def. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS 23-18 OT
Women’s Singles - Stephanie Foretz (Lobsters) def. Madison Keys (Freedoms) 5-3
Men’s Singles – Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) def. Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 5-3
Women’s Doubles – Martina Navratilova\Raquel Kops-Jones (Lobsters) def. Madison Keys\Lisa Raymond (Freedoms) 5-2
Mixed Doubles – Martina Navratilova\James Auckland (Lobsters) def. Lisa Raymond\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 5-4
Mixed Doubles- Overtime- Martina Navratilova\James Auckland (Lobsters) def. Lisa Raymond\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 1-0
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