PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS FALL IN A SUPER TIEBREAKER LOSS
Villanova, PA (July 20, 2012) – In their second home match in as many days, the Philadelphia Freedoms fell to John McEnroe and the New York Sportimes in a super tiebreaker with a final score of 18-19. The high intensity match was played before a crowd of 3,562 fans.
The Freedoms started out the night strong with Kristyna Pliskova and Jordan Kerr bringing a 5-3 mixed doubles win over Sportimes’ John McEnroe and Ashley Harkleroad. In the second set the Freedoms’ Karolina Pliskova fell to Sportimes’ Martina Hingis in women’s singles, 1-5. In a heated men’s doubles third set, Freedoms’ standout Luka Gregorc and Jordan Kerr defeated tennis legend John McEnroe and Robert Kendrick, 5-3.
Following the first set, Macy’s Vice President Melissa Ludwig and Freedoms’ General Manager Barbara Perry presented a $5,000 check to WTT and Billie Jean King to support tennis clinics in inner city communities. Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), the Philadelphia Freedoms and Billie Jean King presented the “Never Quit Award” to Whitpain Recreation Association and members of the youth baseball team in honor of raising $1,000 to support Assistance in Healthcare after the second set.
The 2012 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards were presented to Patrick Donovant and Katie Wiley, two accomplished tennis players who also live their lives with the challenges of diabeties. Following the award presentation John McEnroe generously auctioned off a signed racquet for $2,000 to support Assistance in Healthcare (AIH). Because medical expenses can make the road to recovery far more difficult, AIH attempts to pave the way by providing assistance to those who have become financially distressed as a result of their courageous fight. AIH makes gifts, in the form of grants, to help defray the costs of non-medical needs such as utilities, housing, transportation and basic living expenses to eligible patients and their immediate family members, so that the patient can focus on what’s important—their healing.
At the start of the second half, Freedoms’ Luka Gregorc was defeated by Sportimes’ Jesse Witten in the fourth set, 2-5. The final set of the night pitted Freedoms’ Karolina and Kristyna Pliskova against Sportimes’ Ashley Harkleroad and Martina Hingis. In a set that was hard played and intense from the first point, the Freedoms suffered a heartbreaking loss in a super tiebreaker that was tied up until the last point. The final score of the super tiebreaker was 6-7. The final match score was Freedoms 18 and Sportimes 19.
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New York Sportimes def. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS 19-18 (7-6 STB)
Mixed Doubles - Kristyna Pliskova\Jordan Kerr (Freedoms) def. Martina Hingis\John McEnroe (Sportimes) 5-3
Women's Singles - Martina Hingis (Sportimes) def. Karolina Pliskova (Freedoms) 5-1
Men's Doubles - Luka Gregorc\Jordan Kerr (Freedoms) def. Robert Kendrick\John McEnroe (Sportimes) 5-3
Men's Singles - Jesse Witten (Sportimes) def. Luka Gregorc (Freedoms) 5-2
Women's Doubles- Kristyna Pliskova\Karolina Pliskova (Freedoms) def. Martina Hingis\Ashley Harkleroad (Sportimes) 5-2
Supertiebreaker - Women's Doubles - Ashley Harkleroad\Martina Hingis (Sportimes) def. Karolina Pliskova\Kristyna Pliskova (Freedoms) 1-0 (7-6)