The Orange County Breakers captured their second Mylan World TeamTennis championship title with a 22-18 victory over the San Diego Aviators in front of a capacity crowd at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad Saturday night.
This year’s match was a rematch of the 2016 championship tilt which was won by San Diego. One year later, Orange County flipped the script for their first title since 2004.
The win came one day after the league announced that the Breakers made history by sweeping all five award categories. Teymur Gabashvili, who was named the Male MVP for his regular season performance, lived up to his MVP billing in the final as well.
After his teammates handed him a 17-14 lead heading into the final set, Gabashvili battled San Diego’s Rajeev Ram in men’s singles. Gabashvili was solid on serve, winning 79 percent of his first-serve points en route to the 5-4 set win to give Orange County the 22-18 victory.
Gabashvili was also named the Mylan WTT Finals MVP presented by Forevermark for his performance. Gabashvili, who was presented with a Forevermark diamond after the match, posted wins in both men’s doubles and men’s singles.
“It was so tight, everything was shaking,” Gabashvili said of his nerves after the match. “It’s only three to four shots that can make a difference. I was glad I could close it out.”
The night opened with a hard-hitting matchup between 2017 Female Rookie of the Year Yanina Wickmayer and San Diego’s Naomi Broady in women’s singles. Wickmayer and Broady traded service holds to open the night.
Wickmayer turned the tide when she broke Broady’s serve with a blistering forehand winner in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. Wickmayer held serve to close out the set 5-2.
“I had to wait for my time to be aggressive and really go for my shots,” said Wickmayer. “I think I did that well. I moved her around and went for my shot when I had the opportunity.”
Wickmayer gave a nod to the atmosphere at the Finals and the large contingent of Breakers fans who made the drive from Orange County.
“It’s my first year and it has been crazy every single night,” said Wickmayer. “But this atmosphere is sick. I am super nervous but really enjoying it.”
Wickmayer and 2017 Mylan WTT Female MVP Andreja Klepac finished the regular season as the top-ranked women’s doubles team while the Aviators finished in sixth position. However it was San Diego that dominated the set tonight.
Wickmayer nailed a forehand…