The Orange County Breakers will face the defending champion San Diego Aviators in the World TeamTennis Finals in Carlsbad Saturday evening.
The teams tied for first in the six-team league with 9-5 records and split four matches against each other, with the home team winning each time. The Breakers are the top seed and designated as the home team because they won 79 games against the Aviators, losing 75.
As the home team for the match at the Aviators’ home court at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, the Breakers will determine the order of play.
The rosters for both teams will be the same as Monday’s match, which the Breakers won, 24-17.
Maria Sharapova, who had five stints as the No. 1 player on the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings, most recently in 2012, played for the Breakers in each of their first two matches against the Aviators, but is not on the roster for Saturday evening’s action.
Naomi Broady, expected to play women’s singles for San Diego, was not part of the team in its first three meetings against the Breakers.
The Breakers lost to the Aviators, 25-14, in last year’s final. The Breakers are fielding an entirely new team. Raven Klaasen, the 2016 finals MVP, and Darija Jurak, are the only Aviators on Saturday’s roster to play in last year’s finals.
All four players on the Breakers finals roster received a season award Friday. Teymuraz Gabashvili and Andreja Klepac were the male and female MVPs while Ken Skupski and Yanina Wickmayer were the male and female rookies of the year.
Breakers coach Rick Leach was selected coach of the year for the second time in three years for guiding the team to eight victories in its final 10 regular-season matches after a 1-3 start.
The match will begin at 8 p.m. and will air live on the broadband network ESPN3. ESPN2 will join the live coverage at 9 p.m.
—City News Service