With Shaughnessy, FoxForce Undefeated
July 13, 2003
By ROBERTO GONZALEZ, Courant Staff Writer
AVON -- While it wasn't a break from competitive tennis, Meghann Shaughnessy enjoyed her stay with the FoxForce, playing her last World Team Tennis match of the season Saturday.
The FoxForce defeated the New York Buzz 23-20 before about 2,000 at Blue Fox Run to remain undefeated (4-0).
The FoxForce won the match in the final set when Stephen Huss and Jeff Tarango defeated Justin Bower and Don Johnson 5-4 in a nine-point tiebreaker in men's doubles.
For Shaughnessy, it was a fun way to end her stay.
"I had such a fun time last year that I wanted to come back and play for Hartford again," Shaughnessy said. "It's such a great team and they take good care of us. It was another great time and I look forward to doing this again next year."
Shaughnessy described playing for WTT as a change of pace from the WTA Tour.
"On the tour every week, it's pretty individual, so it's nice to come here and play with a team and have it a little more rowdy," she said.
This won't be Shaughnessy's last appearance in Connecticut; she is playing at the Pilot Pen in New Haven next month. Her immediate plans include playing for the U.S. Fed Cup team next week, then playing a series of tournaments in California.
Saturday, Shaughnessy began the match with a set against Shenay Perry. Perry had a tough serve and defeated Shaughnessy in a nine-point tiebreaker 5-4 after Shaughnessy returned a serve into the net.
But Shaughnessy atoned for the loss, teaming with Tarango to beat Nannie de Villiers and Johnson in mixed doubles. Shaughnessy picked up her serve and even aced Johnson. She also served out the set, which the FoxForce won 5-3 to take a 9-8 lead.
In the third set, Shaughnessy teamed with Milagros Sequera to win women's doubles against de Villiers and Perry. Late in the set, de Villiers hit a hard shot that hit Sequera on the right wrist. The set was delayed several minutes, as Sequera had her wrist taped.
Shaughnessy and Sequera broke de Villiers to win the third set 5-3 and give the FoxForce a 14-11 lead.
The FoxForce lose Shaughnessy, but James Blake will make his appearance for the team Monday when they play the Delaware Smash.
But FoxForce coach Peter Bradshaw said it's the roster players, such as Tarango, Huss and Sequera, who deserve a lot of the credit for keeping the team undefeated.
"Our players just keep coming up big on the big points and we have a solid all-around team," Bradshaw said. "Meghann certainly is a huge addition, but our roster players are coming up big, too."