Bryan Brothers lead Texas Wild past Sacramento in World TeamTennis

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The Texas Wild moved back into the thick of the Western Conference race in World TeamTennis on Wednesday night with a 22-19 victory over the Sacramento Capitals in a match that came down to the wire.

Eugenie Bouchard and Bob Bryan sealed the victory for Texas by defeating Southlake resident Mark Knowles and Olga Govortsova 5-3 in the final set of mixed doubles.

The Wild improved to 5-4 in the Western Conference, a half-game behind the Springfield Lasers, who lost earlier Wednesday to the Washington Kastles 21-15. Springfield slipped to 5-3 and is tied with the Orange County Breakers. The Capitals dropped to 3-5.

The Wild are off Thursday before returning to Irving to take on Martina Hingis and the two-time WTT defending champion Washington Kastles at 7:35 p.m. Friday at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas. The match will be televised on the Tennis Channel. For tickets, go to texaswildtennis.com.

After splitting men’s and women’s singles to open the match Wendesday, Bob and Mike Bryan gave the Wild a cushion midway through the match with a 5-2 victory in men’s doubles over Knowles and Ryan Sweeting 5-2. The victory put Texas up 14-11 in the overall game count heading into the final two sets.

However, the Capitals came right back with Megan Moulton-Levy and Gorvortsova beating Bouchard and Darija Jurak 5-3 to cut the Texas lead to 17-16 overall and setting to showdown in the final set of mixed doubles.

Alex Bogomolov Jr., the WTT leader in men’s singles, got the Wild off to a fast start with his second victory over Ryan Sweeting in four days. Bogomolov used a pair of breaks for a 5-3 victory in the opening set.

But Bouchard wasn’t able to extend the lead. The 19-year-old Bouchard, who is only Canadian women ranked in the top 100 at No. 56, lost to No. 87-ranked Govortsova of Belarus 5-4 in a 9-point tiebreaker that cut the Texas lead 9-8 overall.

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