22 – 17, Texas Wild – Boston Lobsters
The Texas Wild celebrated a well-deserved victory after Saturday night’s win against the Boston
Lobsters at the Four Seasons Resort Club in Las Colinas.
After last week’s 25-15 loss to the Orange County Breakers, the Wild looked to step-up their intensity in the Saturday night match-up.
“I feel really good because we bounced back very well after last week’s match,” Texas Wild coach Brent Haygarth explained. “The team was fired up. We knew we needed to get a win.”
The match began with Darija Jurak and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of the Texas Wild vs. Katalin Marosi and Eric Butorac of Boston in Mixed Doubles. The two teams traded wins until the pairs were tied 4-4. Texas began the 9-point tie breaker game with two quick points for a solid lead; however, the Boston team was able to counter, eventually winning the game 5-3, resulting in the overall set score of 5-4 Boston.
Qureshi is currently ranked No. 11 in Doubles as of June 2013. He also started the Stop War Start Tennis charity that aims to help victims of landmines and other weapons of war.
Perhaps the highlight of Saturday night’s win was the Women’s Doubles match up. Texas Wild team members Darija Jurak and Eugenie Bouchard dominated the set, beating Jill Craybas and Katalin Marosi of the Boston Lobsters, 5-0.
The match continued with the Men’s Doubles where Texas Wild team members Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Alex Bogomolov Jr. put on a solid performance against Eric Butorac and Mark Philippousses of the Lobsters. Similar to the mixed doubles, the two pairs traded wins in the beginning of the match up. Despite the intense performance by the Texas Wild, Boston won the set 5-3.
During the Women’s Singles, Craybas faced off against Bouchard – the winner of the 2012 Wimbledon Girl’s Singles – carried on the energy of her earlier Women’s Doubles win, dominating Craybas 5-2, resulting in an overall set score of 17-12 in favor of Texas. During Bouchard’s tennis career, she has won six ITF singles titles.
The final match-up of the evening was the Men’s Singles. During a nail-biting performance, Bogomolov and Philippousses faced-off to determine the winner of the Saturday night match. To call the Men’s Singles contest “close” is an understatement. Continuing the theme of the evening, both men traded wins throughout the ordeal. As if it were planned, Bogomolov won every-other game until the tie breaker game. The crowd cheered loudly for Bogomolov; however, he was not able to secure a win.
Due to Philippousses’ tiebreaker win against Bogomolov, the match went into overtime. The game was quickly tied 2-2 as Bogomolov looked to counter the 6’4” Philippousses. Bogomolov took the lead and ended the overtime game, beating the exhausted Boston team member 5-2. The win resulted in the overall final match score of 22-17 Texas.
During his tennis career, Bogomolov has won 14 ITF singles titles in addition to career wins over a few well-known tennis players including Tommy Haas, James Blake, Nikolay Davydenko, and more.
“I’m so happy we won. We really deserved it,” Jurak excitedly explained. “We made a few little mistakes, but in the end I think Alex put on a great performance for us. I’m so happy.”
Jurak is the newest addition to the Texas Wild team. During her successful tennis career, she has accomplished many feats including reaching the third round of Wimbledon Women’s doubles earlier this year. As of July 2013, she is ranked No. 39 in the world in Women’s Doubles.
“We had a good day’s break and a good day of rest,” Haygarth said after the match. “The women really gave us a great lead. We were able to play a little more freely after the women went 5-0 in doubles. Any time you can win a set 5-0, it’s going to be tough to lose from there. I think the intensity and energy was higher. We had an extra day to practice and an extra day to rest, which is key.”
Excited Texas Wild fans lined up after the game for autographs from both the Texas Wild team and the Boston Lobsters.