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Florida Juniors Defeat Venus, Serena Williams in World TeamTennis

July 15, 2009 07:00 AM
The all-USTA-juniors led New York Buzz World TeamTennis squad may be in last place in the Eastern Conference, but teams are still feeling their sting.

On Tuesday, July 14, the Buzz upset the Boston Lobsters when Wesley Chapel, Florida's Alex Domijan defeated former U.S. tour player Jan-Michael Gambill 1-0 in overtime to give the Buzz a 21-17 team win.

Former No. 1 Martina Navratilova took her lumps for the Lobsters against the Buzz when she and James Auckland lost to Domijan and Florida's Sloane Stephens 5-0, then lost in women's doubles with partner Raquel Kops-Jones to Stephens and Mallory Burdette 5-3. In women's singles, Stephens defeated WTA Tour player Stephanie Foretz 5-4.

"She's so fast," Navratilova said of Stephens, whose father played in the NFL. "She's a great talent, she's got great bloodlines, which explains why she's so fast. She's got a great head on her shoulders, she's got a great attitude and I think she's going to be a very good player."

Domijan served three consecutive aces to open the overtime play, eventually clinching the match.

"I thought I played well," Domijan said after beating Gambill. "I just had one bad service game. But it's tough when you're playing against someone who has two first serves."

In other World TeamTennis results, 14-year-old Madison Keys of Boca Raton teamed with Philadelphia Freedoms partner Lisa Raymond to defeat Christina Fusano\Abigail Spears of the New York Sportimes 5-3. In women's singles Keys lost to fellow American Abigail Spears 5-2. Overall the Sportimes defeated the Freedoms 23-18.

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida's Serena Williams featured in a win for her Washington Kastles over the Newport Beach Breakers, winning all three of her appearances in women's singles (d. Marie-Eve Pelletier 5-2), women's doubles (teaming with Rennae Stubbs to defeat Julie Ditty\Pelletier 5-1), and mixed doubles (teaming with Leander Paes to defeat Kaes Vant Hof\Ditty 5-0).

The Sportimes are in first in the Eastern Conference with a 6-2 win-loss, with the Kastles in second at 5-4. In the Western Conference the Springfield Lasers are alone atop the division at 7-0, with the Breakers in second at 5-4.

On Monday the 14-year-old Keys orchestrated a momentous upset when she defeated Serena Williams 5-1 in women's singles. Last week the Buzz's Stephens shocked Venus Williams 5-3 en route to being edged by the visiting Freedoms overall, losing to Venus in women's and mixed doubles.

"It's hard to keep the focus," Williams said, referring to coming off a loss in the finals at Wimbledon. "I've been trying my best, but I've been enjoying myself. I don't know if you can see it, but on the court, I was smiling, even on the mistakes, and I don't do that at Wimbledon."

For Stephens, the Ft. Lauderdale native, a win over a Williams sister is a win.

"I think, tonight, is going to be No. 1 [highlight], for sure," she said. "I was thinking, 'I have to play Venus, I guess I'll go and play and see how it goes.' Fortunately, I was able to play some good tennis and stay in the longer points, win some deuce points, the important ones. I never expected I would beat Venus. I mean, she won Wimbledon, like, what? Five times or something?"

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