INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – The San Diego Aviators and the Orange County Breakers each
knocked off a 2020 World TeamTennis finalist in the season’s opening night Saturday at the
Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Despite trailing after the first three sets, the Aviators defeated the 2020 WTT runner-up
Chicago Smash 22-21 by a supertiebreaker. Rancho Sante Fe native CoCo Vandeweghe, the
2020 WTT Finals MVP, pulled the Aviators within four games with her effort in women’s singles
against 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens.
Will Blumberg & Caroline Dolehide forced and claimed extended play after a win over
Stephens & Donald Young in the fifth set in mixed doubles, scoring the win for San Diego
through a tightly-contested 13-point supertiebreaker. The win kept San Diego undefeated in
season openers since 2014 and gave coach John Lloyd his 92nd WTT win.
The Breakers defeated the defending champion New York Empire 22-17, winning four of five
sets. Amanda Anisimova, one of eight players 20 or younger ranked in the top 100 WTA
rankings, defeated Tennis Hall of Famer Kim Clijsters in women’s singles after helping the
Breakers grab the upper hand in women’s doubles.
After New York clinched the mixed doubles set to move within one game, the Breakers swept
men’s singles and doubles to clinch its first win of the season. Orange County coach Rick Leach
tied Trevor Kronemann with 72 WTT coaching wins, the eighth-most in league history.
The 2020 World TeamTennis runner-up Chicago Smash takes on 2021 US Open doubles
finalist Caty McNally and the Springfield Lasers at 3 p.m. PST Sunday. No. 1 American and
Rancho Santa Fe native Taylor Fritz leads the 1-0 San Diego Aviators against two-time US
Open doubles semifinalist Steve Johnson and the Orange County Breakers in the second
match of the night at 6 p.m. PST.