Captain Bethanie Mattek-Sands makes perfect decisions as her Team Peace clinches Credit One Bank Invitational title

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Team Peace dominated the Credit One Bank Invitational, the biggest women’s tennis tournament organized during the coronavirus pandemic, clinching victory with an unassailable 26-16 lead against Team Kindness.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands proved to be an outstanding captain, as she picked eight players based on their ability to play well in both singles and doubles and on their compatibility with one another, so her Team Peace absolutely dominated Madison Keys’ Team Kindness.

“Today’s idea was actually to put strong net players with strong baseline players,” said five-time Grand Slam doubles champion Mattek-Sands after a successful final day in Charleston. Her squad included reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard, who played much better than her current ranking of No.332 would suggest, world No.504 Emma Navarro, who almost beat Top 20 player Alison Riske on Thursday, Caroline Dolehide, Ajla Tomljanovic, Danielle Collins, and Jennifer Brady, who won all four matches she played.

The race was ultimately won by Mattek-Sands and her familiar doubles partner Sofia Kenin, as they beat Victoria Azarenka and Amanda Anisimova of Team Kindness 6-3 6-4 to bring Team Peace an insurmountable 26-16 lead.

Earlier on Sunday, Eugenie Bouchard and Jennifer Brady also won three points for Team Peace by defeating Madison Keys and Alison Riske 6-3 6-2, while the day opened with Shelby Rogers‘ 7-5 7-5 singles victory over Mattek-Sands, in a match carried over from rain-affected Saturday’s schedule. (source: Tennis.com)

 

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