The St. Louis Aces of the World Team Tennis League selected Anna Kournakova with the first overall pick of their draft yesterday.Kournikova is scheduled to play one match in St. Louis and also represent the team in three road matches as well. Kournikova is ranked eighth in the world in singles.
The St. Louis Aces beat the Kansas City Explorers 23-19 in overtime. It’s the first time the Aces have won without Venus Williams. The Aces are 3-8, with one match remaining, Friday against the Springfield Lasers. Springfield beat Sacramento at home last night, 20-19 in overtime.
The St. Louis Aces lost in TeamTennis to the Sacramento Capitals, 23-16. The Aces are 2-8, and their only wins came with Venus Williams playing for the team this past weekend. The Kansas City Explorers lost on the road to Schenectady, 23-19.
Wimbledon Champ Venus Williams drew a big crowd in Kansas City, and helped the St. Louis Aces to victory over the Explorers, 25-16. 4,402 people attended the match, double the normal attendance for the Explorers. Williams won all three sets she played to lift the Aces. The Springfield Lasers won at home over New York, 23-16.
With two new players on the roster, the Springfield Lasers beat the Kansas City Explorers, 22-15, in TeamTennis. Because of injury and other committments, the Lasers debuted newcomers Tara Snyder and Debbie Graham. They combined to win all three sets in which they played. Springfield is 2-4, while Kansas City fell to 4-2. The Lasers play in Schenectady, New York tonight.
The Kansas City Explorers dominated their TeamTennis match against the Delaware Smash, winning 25-10. Missouri’s two other tennis teams lost. The Idaho Sneakers beat the St. Louis Aces 22-18, and the Sacramento Capitals topped the Springfield Lasers 20-18.
In World TeamTennis, the Springfield Lasers lost in Sacramento, 23-18. The two teams play again tonight. The St. Louis Aces play in Idaho this evening, while the Kansas City Explorers host Delaware at Kemper Arena. This coming Sunday, Wimbledon champ Venus Williams will play at Kemper for the Aces, when they play the Explorers.
The Kansas City Explorers are 2-0 after beating the Idaho Sneakers 23-16. The Explorers go on the road for the first time this weekend, playing at Hartford, Connecticut and in St. Louis. The Explorers will play the rest of their home matches at Kemper Arena, rather than Hale Arena because a cattle show at Hale has left behind a stench.
Monica Seles played tennis in Springfield last night, and did what she is supposed to do: win. Seles led the Hartford Foxforce to a 23-18 overtime win over the Springfield Lasers in TeamTennis. Seles won all three of the sets she played, one each in doubles, mixed doubles, and singles. She dominated her singles set, 5 games to none. Lasers general manager Tom Adams says he’s glad TeamTennis gives fans in Missouri a chance to see some top players. Wimbledon champion Venus Williams will play some matches later this summer for the St. Louis Aces.
Monica Seles, one of the biggest names in tennis, will visit Springfield tonight to play against the Springfield Lasers in World TeamTennis. Seles, formerly the number one women’s player in the world, is the marquee player for the Hartford Foxforce one of nine franchises in the league. Missouri has three teams, the Springfield Lasers, the Kansas City Explorers and the St. Louis Aces. The Aces feature Wimbledon champ Venus Williams as their marquee player. Springfield general manager Tom Adams says the league has several other big name players, including Serena Williams, Mary Pierce, Martina Navratilova and Jim Courier. Marquee players compete only in selected matches for their teams.Springfield opened its season last night on the road in Kansas City, where the Kansas City Explorers scored a 21-19 overtime victory.