The women's singles final was the culmination of a banner US Open for current and former Kastles players.
Kastles captain Leander Paes
and his partner Radek Stepanek
did not drop a set en route to the men's doubles final, where they fell 6-3, 6-4 to No. 2 seeds Bob
and Mike Bryan
. Paes and Stepanek saved 10 of the 12 break points that they faced, but could not break the serves of the American twins.
Counting men's and mixed doubles, the two-time WTT Male MVP has now reached 29 Grand Slam finals in his career, including four this season. Paes and Stepanek defeated the Bryans for the Australian Open men's doubles title, while Paes and Elena Vesnina finished as runners-up in mixed doubles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
In mixed doubles at the US Open, Paes and Vesnina advanced to the quarterfinals, as did fellow Kastle Anastasia Rodionova
and her teammate Jean-Julien Rojer
Rodionova enjoyed success in singles as well, winning three qualifying matches and her first-rounder to jump 33 spots in the latest WTA rankings.
The Australian was one of three current Kastles to enter the main draw through qualifying, joining 2012 WTT Male MVP Bobby Reynolds
and Washington substitute Edina Gallovits-Hall
Though Venus Williams
fell in the second round, she pushed No. 6 seed Angelique Kerber
to three thrilling sets in a late-night match on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The Kastles' late-season mixed doubles team of Raquel Kops-Jones
and Treat Huey
lost in the first round to Paes and Vesnina, but Kops-Jones reached the third round in women's doubles and Huey picked up a victory in men's doubles.
Nadia Petrova, a wild card for Washington in 2009, won three matches each in women's singles and women's doubles, teaming with Maria Kirilenko to knock off the Williams sisters in the third round.
Petrova's play was key for the Kastles during the team's first championship run, as was that of Olga Puchkova
, who resurfaced in the Big Apple in a big way.
The Russian won five singles matches -- three in qualifying and two in the main draw -- to break back into the WTA Top 100.
The stakes remain high for five Kastles players competing in the WTT Playoffs this weekend in Charleston, S.C.
Venus Williams, Paes, Reynolds, Anastasia and Arina Rodionova will lead 14-0 Washington in its quest for a second consecutive perfect season and a third world championship.
Detailed information on WTT Finals Weekend tickets, hotels, flights and team events can be found on WashingtonKastles.com
Bobby Reynolds will be a pivotal player for Washington in the playoffs.
(Photo Courtesy of World TeamTennis)