The Texas Wild tennis team had a rough start Tuesday night during their home opener at the Four Seasons Resort and Club as the Washington Kastles served up a 24-15 defeat to Irving’s only professional team and its head coach Brent Haygarth.
Texas Wild’s Alex Bogomolov Jr., started off strong against Kastle’s Bobby Reynolds in the men’s singles match, but ultimately handed the win to Reynlolds in a 5-2 loss.
Fans regained hope of a Wild home win during the women’s singles where Anabel Garrigues of the Wild faced off against Jarka Gajdosova of the Kastles. Although it was a close match, Garrigues took the win with a 5-4 match.
In mixed doubles action Garrigues and Aisam Qureshi teamed up for the Wild and lost in a close 5-4 match against the Kastle’s Gajdosova and Leander Paes.
The Wild seemed to lose momentum going into the women’s doubles where Wild players Darija Jurak and Garrigues suffered a staggering 5-1 defeat by Kastle players Gajdosova and Anastasia Rodionova.
Bogomolov and Qureshi made a strong effort to bring the Wild’s back during the men’s doubles, but were edged out 5-3 by Paes and Reynolds of the Kastles.
The Wild’s MVP of the evening was clearly Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) newcomer Garrigues who secured the solitary win for the team during the women’s singles.
Garrigues who is currently ranked No. 22 in doubles and No. 213 in singles as of May is a native of Valencia, Spain who joined Mylan WTT for the first time this year. She won back-to-back French Open doubles trophies in 2008 and 2009 and at the tour level has won 11 singles and 23 doubles titles.
Garrigues also touts a silver medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and is credited with reaching the third round, or better, at every major in singles.
The Texas Wild will return home tomorrow for more fast-paced tennis action against the San Diego Aviators who won in a close 20-19 tournament against the Philadelphia Freedoms on the Aviators home turf Tuesday night.