Breakers sweep past Wild

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A day after recording a signature victory over the most dominant team in the 38-year history of World TeamTennis, the Texas Wild stumbled in taking a step back on Thursday.

Orange County swept all five sets of the team format in a 25-15 victory over the Wild at the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas.

Coco Vandeweghe, whose uncle earned notoriety by saying he’d never play for the Dallas Mavericks, didn’t seem to have any problems in Dallas-Fort Worth, capping the Breakers’ victory with the aid of a big serve in a 5-3 victory over Eugenie Bouchard in women’s singles.

Vandeweghe was also part of a women’s doubles victory, teaming with Maria Elena Camerin in a dominating 5-2 triumph.

All of it put somewhat of a damper on the Wild’s history-making victory Wednesday night that stopped the Washington Kastles’ winning streak at 34 matches after two years and two WTT titles.

“My grandfather was showing me this article about that, and I was like ‘I can’t believe he did that,’” Vandeweghe said with the same smile she often wears on the team tennis court. “I like Texas a lot. I won my first challenger in El Paso, so I have no problem coming here.”

The Wild (2-2) is tied for third with the Breakers in the Western Conference. Sacramento leads at 3-0.

The winners from each conference will advance to the WTT finals on July 28.

“A loss today definitely hurts because we had some momentum, but it’s a long season, a long process,” said Alex Bogomolov Jr., who took his first loss in four singles matches on Thursday. “Every day is different. We just have to keep working hard.”

Bogomolov fell in a rematch with Steve Johnson, the 2012 NCAA men’s champion, 5-3.

Bogomolov, who also has beaten Mardy Fish and Kevin Anderson this season, defeated Johnson 5-4 on Monday.

Johnson and Treat Huey opened the match by topping Bogomolov and Aisam Qureshi to capture men’s doubles 5-4 in a tiebreaker for the Breakers. Each team held serve before team Johnson-Huey ran off five consecutive points in the tiebreaker.

The Wild returns to the court Saturday to meet the Boston Lobsters, featuring one-time Wimbledon finalist Mark Philippoussis.

“We know we beat the best team in the league,” Bogomolov said. “We’re here to stay. The results will come.”

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