Spurred by the sense of urgency that accompanied two consecutive close losses and reinvigorated by a timely day off, the Texas Wild regrouped and rediscovered victory on Tuesday.
The Wild moved into a tie for the top of the Western Conference by employing the doubles specialty of Aisam Qureshi to easily dispatch the Springfield Lasers 22-13 at the Las Colinas Four Seasons Resort and Club.
Qureshi teamed with Alex Bogomolov to finish off the Lasers in men’s doubles, topping Ross Hutchins and Michael Russell in the final set 5-2. Qureshi and Darija Jurak defeated Hutchins and Olga Govortsova in women’s doubles earlier.
“We all had a good day off [Monday],” said Qureshi, winner of 10 ATP doubles titles and is No. 23 in the ATP doubles rankings. “We did a lot of stuff together. The team spirit was back and everybody was really fresh today.”
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Texas and the San Diego Aviators, who lost on Tuesday, are both 5-3.
In its previous two matches, both losses, Texas had match point to defeat Springfield and San Diego before falling short.
The Wild travels to Washington, the three-time defending World TeamTennis champion for a match Wednesday nightand returns home Thursday for the first of three meetings against the Austin Aces.
The victory was the second for the Wild in three matches against Springfield this season.
“They’ve all been neck and neck,” Qureshi said. “This time we were able to get a pretty easy win.”
Jurak was victorious in both of her sets, joining Anabel Medina Garrigues in women’s doubles to beat Govortsova and Raquel Kops-Jones.
Garrigues, winner of 11 WTA singles and 23 doubles titles, came back to defeat Govortsova 5-1 in singles and increase the Wild’s lead to six, 17-11, after Bogomolov, who has been slowed by a groin injury, suffered a setback in men’s singles.
Bogomolov was broken three times in the set in falling 5-2 to Michael Russell, who pulled the Lasers within two games.
Russell and Hutchins broke Qureshi’s serve to open the final set, but the Pakistani native answered with four easy points, including an ace, to put the Wild back up 3-2.
The Wild duo broke back, beating Russell’s serve, and Bogomolov avenged his singles loss by serving for the victory.
“I’m just trying to play my part,” Qureshi said. “Everybody played really well. Once you have a six-game lead, you can play more freely and I think that helped us.”
Jurak finished off mixed doubles all by herself in the Wild’s 5-2 victory.
Teamed with Qureshi, Jurak — serving for the set — got her first serve over then handled four straight volleys, the last an emphatic winner that set the tone for the match.
The Wild jumped out in women’s doubles 3-0 after Jurak and Garrigues broke Springfield twice.
But the Lasers broke back twice in rallying to tie the game at 3. Jurak put away the winner on a backhand volley that put the Wild back up and Garrigues served out the set winner, 5-3, at gave the Wild a 10-5 lead.
“Washington is always tough,” Qureshi said. “I know that last year, we beat them. So we can win. I think after this win, everybody will be very hungry.”