Eugenie Bouchard leads Texas Wild over Philadelphia Freedoms

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For the second night in a row, 19-year-old Eugenie Bouchard gave the Wild a lead with a dominating performance in women’s singles and Texas cruised to a 24-14 victory over the Philadelphia Freedoms at The Pavilion on the Villanova campus.

The Wild improved to 7-5 and are assured of no worse than sole possession of second place in the Western Conference at the end of the night. The Western Conference-leading Springfield Lasers (6-4) were playing the New York Sportimes. The Orange County Breakers (6-6) lost at home to the 4-7 Sacramento Capitals 21-16.

Bouchard defeated Victoria Duval 5-1 to open a 9-6 advantage in the second set and the Wild extended the lead in every set from there. Bob and Mike Bryan sealed the victory with a 5-4 victory in the final set in men’s doubles against Samuel Groth and Jordan Kerr.

Bouchard, who picked up a 5-0 victory Sunday in women’s singles against the Orange County Breakers, lost only eight of 31 points against Duval.

After Mike Bryan and Darija Jurak extended the lead to 14-9 with a 5-3 victory in mixed doubles over Lezel Huber and big-serving Groth, the Wild all but clinched the win with a 5-1 victory in women’s doubles to take a 19-10 lead. Duval was injured with Texas up 3-1, and Huber was forced to play “Canadian doubles” against Jurak and Bouchard in the final two games.

Groth, who owns the fastest recorded service at 161 mph, served six aces in the opening set to beat Alex Bogomolov Jr. 5-4 in a tiebreaker in men’s singles.

The Wild wrap up the regular season with matches Monday in New York and on Wednesday at home at 7:35 p.m. against Sam Querrey and the Sacramento Capitals.

Monday’s match will be webcast at at 6:30 p.m. and will features a singles match between Jim Courier for Texas against John McEnroe for the Sportimes. Billie Jean King will also be honored during the match for the upcoming 40th anniversary of the “Battle of the Sexes” against Bobby Riggs on Sept. 20, 1973 in Houston.

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