Tuesday night was a special night for Kastles fans, or more accurately, for Serena Williams fans. In front of a record sold out crowd, Williams and the Kastles made the Newport Beach Breakers look like a high school JV team. While Scott Oudsema and Leander Paes lost the opening men’s doubles set, the Kastles quickly recovered, winning 22-12.
Williams looked lackadaisical at times (her first attempt to hit the ball bounced off the side of her racket into the crowd), however she was able to easily turn up the heat when she needed to. Along with having having power and finesse, Serena is able to do all of the little things right and keep her head in the game. Many times when you see a player scramble back and forth across the court it breaks their mental focus and they lose the point. Williams on the other hand doesn’t miss a beat and knows exactly where to put the ball to win. I guess that’s the reason she’s ranked #2 in the world. While her level of play wasn’t what it is when prize money is on the line, it was still amazing to see a tennis legend play in such a small venue.
Speaking of tennis legends, the Kastles (5-4) host the New York Sportimes (7-2) tonight featuring John McEnroe. Despite being forty fifty years young, Johnny Mac still plays to win. McEnroe is a fierce competitor, and whether prize money or world ranking is on the line or not, failure is not an option. The Kastles have their work cut out for them tonight as they hope to gain ground in the Eastern Conference and continue their impressive five game winning streak by beating the Sportimes without the help of Serena Williams.
This is the last marquee player match of the season, so buy some tickets, buy some beer, and watch McEnroe’s blood boil as he takes on the Kastles tonight!