Aviators trounce Orange County 23-16 in season opener
WASHINGTON (US) – Going by the first match of San Diego Aviators in the 2020 World Team Tennis season, it appears that they will be an exciting team to watch as they vie for a spot in the WTT postseason.
At The Greenbrier on Sunday, the Aviators clinched four of the five sets overcoming their rival Orange County Breakers of Southern California 23-16.
Aviators got an early lead with the 2016 WTT Male MVP Ryan Harrison’s 5-4 win over Steve Johnson in men’s singles.
The set was deadlocked at 4-4 with each player dominating their service games. Harrison scored a 3-1 lead in the tiebreak with an early mini-break. After hitting an ace for a 4-1 advantage, he bagged the set for San Diego on the following point when Johnson sailed a crosscourt backhand long.
Aviators’ CoCo Vandeweghe and Nicole Melichar scored the first service break of the match in women’s doubles in the second set of the evening against Jennifer Brady and Andreja Klepac of the Breakers.
Klepac fended off two break points serving at 3-3 in the set. On the third break point, Melichar showed her quick hands at the net and knocked off a backhand crosscourt volley winner for the service break and a 4-3 lead. In the game that followed, Melichar fought off two break points to score a service winner against Klepac to clinch the set 5-3 thereby extending the Aviators lead over the Breakers to 10-7.
The Aviators lead was slashed to 13-12 by Orange County as Johnson and Luke Bambridge took advantage of an early service break in Men’s Doubles and went on to trounce Harrison and Jonny O’Mara of the Aviators 5-3.
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