CHARLESTON, S.C. (August 29,
2012) -- Martina Hingis, the 2012 WTT Female MVP, has been added to the lineup
of tennis stars for the WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO, Sept. 14-16, at
the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.
Hingis, a five-time Grand Slam singles
champion, confirmed to League
officials today that she will be in Charleston to lead her New York Sportimes
team for the WTT Finals Weekend. Hingis, who finished first in WTT women's
singles during the regular season, is expected to face off against Venus
Williams in women's singles during the Eastern Conference championship showdown
on Sept. 15 between long-time rivals, the New York Sportimes and Williams'
undefeated Washington Kastles. Hingis will be joined by Hall of Famer John
McEnroe, Jesse Witten, Robert
Kendrick, and Ashley Harkleroad for the Sportimes. Chuck Adams is the coach of
This will be a rematch of the
July 21 contest that featured Williams defeating Hingis to rally the Kastles
from six games back in the final set to give Washington a Supertiebreaker win
over the Sportimes and keep their win streak intact.
The Western Conference title will
be decided on Sept. 14 when the six-time champion Sacramento Capitals battle the
Orange County Breakers. The Breakers will be without the services of WTT
veteran Lindsay Davenport who is out of the WTT Finals Weekend with a torn ligament in her left wrist.
Davenport, who is sporting a cast for the next several weeks, tripped at home
and injured her wrist. She will be replaced in the Breakers lineup by her
teammate and former collegiate standout Jana Juricova.
who played nine matches for
Orange County during the regular season, won the 2011 NCAA singles championship
while playing for UC-Berkeley and was also named ITA National Player of the Year
in 2011. Trevor Kronemann is the Breakers coach.
The lineup for the Kastles will
be Williams, who last month won the Olympic gold medal in doubles with her
sister Serena Williams, along with 2012 WTT Male MVP Bobby Reynolds, Leander
Paes, Anastasia Rodionova and Arina Rodionova. Paes is considered one of the
sports' greatest doubles champions, with 50 titles and having completed the
career doubles Grand Slam earlier this year with a victory at the Australian
The Kastles are looking to win
their second consecutive WTT title and continue their 30-match win streak.
After capturing the 2011 title in Charleston with a 16-0 record, the Kastles won
all 14 of their 2012 regular season matches.
The Kastles have not lost a WTT match since July 22, 2010, which
gives them the second longest U.S. pro sports team win streak in history with 30
consecutive wins. The longest U.S. pro sports team win streak is 33 games, held
by the NBA's 1971-72 Lakers. 2012 WTT Coach of the Year Murphy Jensen is at
the helm of the Kastles.
The best of the West face off on
Friday, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. EDT, when the Orange County Breakers take on the
Sacramento Capitals in the Western Conference Championship. The Breakers are
the top seed in the West and their lineup is WTT Male
Rookie of the Year John-Patrick Smith, Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Jana Juricova and
Travis Parrott. Groenefeld and Parrott are both mixed doubles Grand Slam
champions. Groenefeld teamed with Sacramento's Mark Knowles to win the 2009
Wimbledon mixed doubles title, while Parrott and Carly Gullickson of the Boston
Lobsters won the 2009 US Open mixed championship.
South African Kevin Anderson,
currently ranked No. 34 in the world in singles, leads the Sacramento squad that
also includes former doubles world No. 1 Mark Knowles, and young Americans
Yasmin Schnack and Asia Muhammad. Wayne Bryan, father of Olympic gold medalists
Bob and Mike Bryan, is the longtime coach of the Sacramento Capitals.
The Conference Champions advance
to the WTT Finals on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3:30 p.m. EDT with the winner taking
home the King Trophy, named after WTT co-founder Billie Jean
Ticket specials for the WTT
Finals Weekend are available through the Family Circle Tennis Center box
office. Fans who purchase Terrace Level tickets for Friday and Saturday through the FCTC Box Office
will receive a free ticket for Sunday's Championship Final. A full weekend
Terrace Level pass is $77.00. Full weekend Box Seat passes are available for
$160.50. Single session tickets are $38.50 for Terrace Level and $53.50 for Box
Seats. All fees are included in ticket prices. For tickets, travel packages or
more information, please contact the Box Office at 1-800-677-2293 or