Wild puts an end to Kastles' 34-match winning streak

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Eugenie Bouchard needed to call upon some of the magic Wednesday night that carried her to the third round of Wimbledon two weeks ago.

And she did it.

With the Texas Wild’s inaugural home opener riding on her racket against the two-time defending World TeamTennis champion Washington Kastles, the 19-year-old Bouchard came up big with a 5-2 victory over Anastasia Rodionova of Russia in the final set for a 23-18 victory at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas.

It was already a historic night for the Wild, but it was made even more dramatic by snapping the Washington Kastles 34-match winning streak before a crowd of 1,516.

The Kastles had not lost since July 22, 2010, when they dropped the final match of the regular season to the Boston Lobsters in Boston.

“Winning the inaugural home opener was huge and taking out the Kastles with their win streak, it feels good,” Wild owner Jeff Launias said. “They have a fantastic team, but we also have a fantastic team.”

Bouchard’s victory wasn’t the only big one Wednesday night. Alex Bogomolov Jr. broke No. 22-ranked Kevin Anderson three times and picked up a 5-3 victory over the big-hitting South African to push Texas to a 13-12 lead in the overall games won.

Darjia Jurak and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi extended the lead by winning mixed doubles after Jurak produced some big shots, including winning the final three points in a 5-4 victory over Leander Paes and Rodionova. Jurek also had a big backhand winner down the line as the Wild rallied from a break down to win the women’s doubles match.

The only set the Texas lost was the first. Qureshi and BogomolovJr. lost to Anderson and Paes, 5-3.

The Wild plays the Orange County Breakers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night in Irving.

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