Aviators kick-off inaugural Mylan World Team Tennis season July 7 with home-opener victory
In their inaugural home-opener, the San Diego Aviators hit the Mylan World Team Tennis colored-courts with vigor against the Austin Aces, earning their first win of its history, 23-11.
The Aviators had a tough match in the forecast with Austin’s Andy Roddick in the line-up for men’s singles, mixed doubles and men’s doubles. Fellow Austin teammates, Vera Zvonareva, Eva Hrdinova and Treat Huey added to the intensity.
San Diego Aviators’ coach Dave Macpherson decided the evening’s match line-up; starting off with Aviators Somdev Devvarman facing Roddick, Austin’s powerhouse. Devvarman handled the hard serves from Roddick, defeating the former world No. 1, 5-2.
Next, San Diego Aviators’ Daniela Hantuchova faced Zvonareva in women’s singles. Hantuchova battled with Zvonareva returning serves and delivering cross-court drives, but came up short losing the match, 5-3. This closed the gap for Austin to be only one game behind the Aviators, 8-7.
San Diego Aviators teammates Raven Klaasen and Kveta Peschke hit the court to take on Roddick and Hrdinova in mixed doubles. After hard-bouncing shots by Roddick, Klaasen and Peschke’s teamwork proved effective. This match went a total of seven games, which included a substitution for the Aces. In the final game, Aces put in Zvonareva for Hrdinova. In the end, the Aviators came out on top winning, 5-2.
Women’s doubles put Aviators Hantuchova and Peschke against Zvonareva and Hrdinova of the Aces. In this event, the Aviators were able to work together to earn a victory of 5-2 after a rigorous seven games. Leading into the final event of the night, the Aviators were on top, 18-11.
With Mylan WTT’s motto of “every match counts” in full-effect, Aviators Devvarman and Klaasen faced Roddick and Huey in men’s doubles. The Aviators ended the match strongly winning, 5-0, for a total score of 23-11.
The Aviators take on the Philadelphia Freedoms tomorrow night, July 8, 7 p.m. at the Valley View Casino Center (formerly the San Diego Sports Arena). The match includes a special salute to Mylan WTT co-founder and tennis legend, Billie Jean King. For tickets, please go to www.sandiegoaviators.com or call the box office at 888-929-7849.
SAN DIEGO AVIATORS def. Austin Aces 23-11
Men's Singles - Somdev Devvarman (Aviators) def. Andy Roddick (Aces) 5-2
Women's Singles - Vera Zvonareva (Aces) def. Daniela Hantuchova (Aviators) 5-3
Mixed Doubles - Raven Klaasen\Kveta Peschke (Aviators) def. Andy Roddick\Vera Zvonareva (Aces) 5-2
Women's Doubles - Daniela Hantuchova\Kveta Peschke (Aviators) def. Eva Hrdinova\Vera Zvonareva (Aces) 5-2
Men's Doubles - Somdev Devvarman\Raven Klaasen (Aviators) def. Andy Roddick\Treat Huey (Aces) 5-0