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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Saturday July 25, 2020

With five days left in the World TeamTennis regular season the Chicago Smash have pulled into a first place tie with the Philadelphia Freedoms after they defeated the New York Empire 21-16 on Saturday at the Greenbrier Club in West Virginia.

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Brandon Nakashima and Sloane Stephens scored singles victory for the Smash (8-2), and Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Genie Bouchard finished off the victory with a win over Kveta Peschke (and Kim Clijsters, who was subbed in late) and Hailey Baptiste.

The Freedoms fell earlier in the day, 23-13 to the Orlando Storm, thanks to a pair of wins by Tennys Sandgren and an upset victory by Jessica Pegula over Sofia Kenin.

Here are the full World TeamTennis standings heading into Sunday’s action.

The Storm have won three in a row and are holding down third place at 6-4 after Saturday’s play.

In other action on Saturday the Washington Kastles knocked off the San Diego Aviators 23-16, while the Orange County Breakers toppled the Springfield Lasers 24-21.

Orlando Storm 23, Philadelphia Freedoms 13

Men's Doubles - Tennys Sandgren\Ken Skupski (Storm) def. Fabrice Martin\Donald Young (Freedoms), 5-0
Women's Singles - Jessica Pegula (Storm) def. Sofia Kenin (Freedoms), 5-2
Mixed Doubles - Martin\Taylor Townsend (Freedoms) def. Skupski\Pegula (Storm), 5-3
Women's Doubles - Pegula\Darija Jurak (Storm) def. Townsend\Caroline Dolehide (Freedoms), 5-3
Men's Singles - Sandgren (Storm) def. Taylor Fritz (Freedoms), 5-3

Orange County Breakers 24, Springfield Lasers 21 (EP)

Men's Singles - Mitchell Krueger (Lasers) def. Steve Johnson (Breakers), 5-4
Women's Singles - Jennifer Brady (Breakers) def. Caty McNally (Lasers), 5-4
Men's Doubles - Johnson\Austin Krajicek (Breakers) def. Jean-Julien Rojer\Robert Lindstedt (Lasers), 5-3
Women's Doubles - Gabriela Dabrowski\Brady (Breakers) def. McNally\Hayley Carter (Lasers), 5-4
Mixed Doubles - McNally\Lindstedt (Lasers) def. Brady\Johnson (Breakers), 5-4
Extended Play - Mixed Doubles - Brady\Johnson (Breakers) def. McNally\Lindstedt (Lasers), 1-0

Washington Kastles 23, San Diego Aviators 16

Women's Singles - Bernarda Pera (Kastles) def. Christina McHale (Aviators), 5-2
Men's Singles - Tommy Paul (Kastles) def. Ryan Harrison (Aviators), 5-4
Women's Doubles - Nicole Melichar\Coco Vandeweghe (Aviators) def. Arina Rodionova\Venus Williams (Kastles), 5-3
Mixed Doubles - Marcelo Arevalo\Pera (Kastles) def. Harrison\Vandeweghe (Aviators), 5-1
Men's Doubles - Arevalo\Nick Monroe (Kastles) def. Harrison\Jonny O’Mara (Aviators), 5-4

Chicago Smash 21, New York Empire 16

Men's Doubles - Jack Sock\Neal Skupski (Empire) def. Rajeev Ram\Brandon Nakashima (Smash), 5-4
Men's Singles - Nakashima (Smash) def. Sock (Empire), 5-3
Mixed Doubles - Sock\Kim Clijsters (Empire) def. Eugenie Bouchard\Ram (Smash), 5-2
Women's Singles - Sloane Stephens (Smash) def. Hayley Baptiste (Empire), 5-1
Women's Doubles - Bethanie Mattek-Sands\Bouchard (Smash), def. Clijsters\Baptiste (Empire), 5-2

Sunday's Schedule:

Springfield Lasers vs. Orlando Storm, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN+
New York Empire vs. Washington Kastles, 12 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network
Vegas Rollers vs. Chicago Smash, 3 p.m. ET, Tennis Channel
San Diego Aviators vs. Philadelphia Freedoms, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2


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