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July 22, 2013

Hingis, Kastles too much for Lobsters

MANCHESTER — Martina Hingis has been a Hall of Famer a little over a week now, and last night she showed just how dynamic of a player she is to the game of tennis. Hingis, the marquee player for her team, finished with three wins last night, leading the Washington Kastles in women’s singles, mixed doubles and women’s doubles.

Hingis recorded 13 points, which helped the Kastles get by the host Boston Lobsters, 19-18 in Mylan World Team Tennis action at Joan Norton Tennis Center at the Manchester Athletic Club.

“We’re at that stage as a team, that we’ve played together for quite some time now,” said Hingis. “We’re getting better and better each match and starting to figure each other out. It’s working and it’s the best time for us to peak towards the end of the season.”

The Kastles are the first team to qualify for Mylan WTT post-season action and clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Hingis, who is playing her sixth season of WTT, was named female MVP last season with the New York Sportimes and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame earlier this month.

“It’s a great feeling to be there on the podium,” Hingis said of the honor. “It’s amazing to be part of such an elite group of tennis players. The whole experience has just been great, I’ve been saying that over and over again for the past 10 days.”

The superstar talent has won five Grand Slam singles titles in her career and nine Grand Slam doubles titles. A natural for the sport, Hingis made her professional debut at the age of 14 and became the youngest Grand Slam champion of all time, when she teamed with Helena Suková at Wimbledon to win the women’s doubles title at age 15.

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