After defeating the San Diego Aviators in sunny California 20-19, July 10, the Texas Wild tennis team had a second bout with the Aviators Sunday evening here at home where they lost to the high-flying team 21-18.
Despite a strong lead against the Aviators of 10-6 after both mixed doubles and women’s doubles a mid-game substitution cost the Wild their hefty lead during men’s singles.
During the match between Somdev Devvarman of the Aviators and Alex Bogomolov Jr. of the Wild, Bogomolov became fatigued and Aisam Qureshi was called in to finish the match.
Qureshi, having been out since the mixed doubles match at the beginning of the evening, was unable to find his footing fast enough to recover the win, ending the match in a 5-3 defeat for the Wild.
The Aviator’s having closed the gap between themselves and the Wild to 13-11, quickly pounced on the opportunity to take the lead going into the women’s doubles.
Anabel Garrigues of the Wild, faced off against Daniela Hantuchova of the Aviators, but couldn’t seem to get in the groove, ending in a 5-1 defeat for the Wild and the Aviator’s stealing the lead.
Qureshi and Bogomolov of the Wild, came back strong, but a little too late in the final men’s double match-up of the night, nearly pulling off a Wild win, but falling just short with a 5-4 decision for the Aviators which ended the night with a 21-18 win for the San Diego Aviators.