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Orange County Breakers lose first two World Team Tennis matches

Luke Bambridge of the Orange County Breakers hits a forehand during Monday night's match against Philadelphia.
Luke Bambridge of the Orange County Breakers hits a forehand during Monday night’s match against Philadelphia at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
(Courtesy of Ryan Nixon / World Team Tennis)

The Orange County Breakers lost their first two matches of the World Team Tennis season, falling 23-16 to the rival San Diego Aviators on Sunday and 25-16 to the Philadelphia Freedoms on Monday.

All WTT matches this season are being played at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.

The Freedoms swept all five sets against the Breakers (0-2). Taylor Townsend and Taylor Fritz each won twice.

Townsend and Fabrice Martin defeated Orange County’s Andreja Klepac and Luke Bambridge 5-3 in mixed doubles, before Philadelphia’s Sofia Kenin beat the Breakers’ Jennifer Brady 5-3 in women’s singles.

Fritz and Martin beat Steve Johnson and Bambridge 5-4 in a tiebreaker in men’s doubles. Orange County’s Klepac and Brady fell to Townsend and Caroline Dolehide 5-3 in women’s doubles, and Fritz beat Johnson 5-3 in men’s singles in the final match of the night.

The Breakers won just one of the five sets against San Diego, and it came in men’s doubles. Johnson and Bambridge beat Jonny O’Mara and Ryan Harrison, 5-3.

But Johnson fell to Harrison 5-4 in a tiebreaker in men’s singles. In women’s doubles, Orange County’s Klepac and Brady lost 5-3 to San Diego’s Coco Vandeweghe and Nichol Melichar.

Brady lost 5-4 in a tiebreaker to San Diego’s Christina McHale in women’s singles, and Bambridge and Johnson were blanked 5-0 by O’Mara and Melichar in mixed doubles.

Orange County returns to the court with a match against the Chicago Smash on Wednesday at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. The match will be broadcast on ESPN+.

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