Empire Falls To Orange County, 24-18

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (July 22, 2017) – The New York Empire presented by Citi lost to the Orange County Breakers tonight, 24-18, at Breakers Stadium at Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach, Calif.

 The NY Empire’s west-coast swing got off to a rough start with a 5-0 loss in the women’s singles and first set. Kirsten Flipkens and Maria Sanchez earned the second-set win for the NY Empire, 5-4, however the team faced a 9-5 deficit heading into the men’s doubles and third set. The Breakers won the third set, 5-4, extending their lead to 14-9.

 Another tight battle saw the Breakers win 5-3, setting up the final set of the evening featuring the Breakers Steve Johnson and Marcus Willis of the New York Empire. Willis fought back to win the set, 5-4, forcing extended play. Willis won the first game of extended play but Johnson won the second, securing the 24-18 victory for the Breakers.

 The loss takes the NY Empire’s record to 3-3 while the Breakers improve to 2-3.


New York Empire at Orange County Breakers Box Score 
New York Empire 0 5 4 3 5 1 18 
Orange County Breakers 5 4 5 5 4 1 24 


Women’s Singles:            Yanina Wickmayer (OCB) def. Kirsten Flipkens (NYE), 5-0

Women’s Doubles:         Flipkens/Maria Sanchez (NYE) def. Andreja Klepac/Wickmayer (OCB), 5-4

Men’s Doubles:               Steve Johnson/Ken Skupski (OCB) def. Neal Skupski/ Marcus Willis (NYE), 5-4

Mixed Doubles:               Andreja Klepac/Ken Skupski (OCB) def. Flipkens/Neal Skupski (NYE), 5-3

Men’s Singles:                  Willis (NYE) def. Johnson (OCB), 5-4

Extended Play:                 Johnson (OCB) secures win with hold against Willis (NYE) by winning the second game of extended play. Final score is 24-18.

 The New York Empire continues its west-coast swing tomorrow when they face the San Diego Aviators at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. 

 The New York Empire returns home to Court 17 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Thursday, July 27.


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