Springfield puts end to Texas Wild’s first season

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After winning five of six matches to reach the Mylan World TeamTennis playoffs, nothing went right for the Texas Wild on Thursday night.

The Springfield Lasers swept all five events and cruised to a 25-9 victory over the Wild in a one-sided Western Conference Championship match at the Mediacom Stadium at the Cooper Tennis Complex.

The Lasers advance to the WTT Final at 4 p.m. Sunday against the two-time WTT champion Washington Kastles, who defeated the Boston Lobsters 25-12 in the Eastern Conference Championship on Thursday.

Rik de Voest of South Africa got the Lasers off to a fast start with a 5-3 victory over Alex Bogomolov Jr., who kept the set close until dropping his serve late and De Voest served out the set.

From that point, Springfield’s Jean-Julien Rojer and Alisa Kleybanova took charge.

The pair teamed up for a 5-3 victory over Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in mixed doubles, and Rojer joined De Voest for a decisive 5-1 victory over Qureshi and Bogomolov to extend the Lasers’ advantage to 15-7.

Qureshi and Rojer are the No. 5-ranked doubles in the ATP Tour this season. They won the Sony Open Masters 1000 in Miami in March.

Kleybanova, who is coming back from eight months out of action because of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, showed that she may be a force to be reckoned with on the WTA Tour in the future by beating the 56th-ranked Bouchard 5-1 to give the Lasers a commanding 20-8 edge.

Kleybanova, along with American Vania King, put the finishing touch on the night with a 5-1 victory over Bouchard and Tara Snyder.

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