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World TeamTennis’s Kastles win 34th straight, passing Lakers

  • Washington Kastles' Martina Hingis, right, of Switzerland, reacts with Anastasia Rodionova, of Russia, after they won a women's doubles World Team Tennis match against the Boston Lobsters' Katalin Marosi and Jill Craybas, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Kastles' Martina Hingis, right, of Switzerland, reacts with Anastasia Rodionova, of Russia, after they won a women's doubles World Team Tennis match against the Boston Lobsters' Katalin Marosi and Jill Craybas, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Kastles' Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, pumps his fist during a World Team Tennis men's singles match against Boston Lobsters' Amir Weintraub, of Israel, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Kastles' Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, pumps his fist during a World Team Tennis men's singles match against Boston Lobsters' Amir Weintraub, of Israel, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Kastles' Martina Hingis, of Switzerland, returns the ball during a World Team Tennis women's doubles match against Boston Lobsters' Jill Craybas and Katalin Marosi, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Kastles' Martina Hingis, of Switzerland, returns the ball during a World Team Tennis women's doubles match against Boston Lobsters' Jill Craybas and Katalin Marosi, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Kastles' Anastasia Rodionova, of Russia, reaches for the ball during a World Team Tennis women's doubles match against the Boston Lobsters' Boston Lobsters' Jill Craybas  and Katalin Marosi, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Kastles' Anastasia Rodionova, of Russia, reaches for the ball during a World Team Tennis women's doubles match against the Boston Lobsters' Boston Lobsters' Jill Craybas and Katalin Marosi, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Boston Lobsters' Jill Craybas returns the ball during a World Team Tennis women's' doubles match against the Washington Kastles' Martina Hingis, of Switzerland, and Anastasia Rodionova, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Boston Lobsters' Jill Craybas returns the ball during a World Team Tennis women's' doubles match against the Washington Kastles' Martina Hingis, of Switzerland, and Anastasia Rodionova, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Kastles' Martina Hingis, of Switzerland, reacts during a World Team Tennis women's doubles match against the Boston Lobsters, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Kastles' Martina Hingis, of Switzerland, reacts during a World Team Tennis women's doubles match against the Boston Lobsters, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Kastles' Martina Hingis, right, of Switzerland, reacts with Anastasia Rodionova, of Russia, after they won a women's doubles World Team Tennis match against the Boston Lobsters' Katalin Marosi and Jill Craybas, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Washington Kastles' Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, pumps his fist during a World Team Tennis men's singles match against Boston Lobsters' Amir Weintraub, of Israel, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Washington Kastles' Martina Hingis, of Switzerland, returns the ball during a World Team Tennis women's doubles match against Boston Lobsters' Jill Craybas and Katalin Marosi, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Washington Kastles' Anastasia Rodionova, of Russia, reaches for the ball during a World Team Tennis women's doubles match against the Boston Lobsters' Boston Lobsters' Jill Craybas  and Katalin Marosi, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Boston Lobsters' Jill Craybas returns the ball during a World Team Tennis women's' doubles match against the Washington Kastles' Martina Hingis, of Switzerland, and Anastasia Rodionova, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Washington Kastles' Martina Hingis, of Switzerland, reacts during a World Team Tennis women's doubles match against the Boston Lobsters, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Lakers’ record falls

The Washington Kastles of World TeamTennis won their 34th consecutive match last night, putting them one ahead of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

Martina Hingis and the Kastles routed the Boston Lobsters, 25-12, at their D.C. waterfront stadium.

The Kastles claim they now hold the longest winning streak “in major U.S. pro sports history.” That’s a matter of debate, considering that the WTT usually isn’t considered a “major” sports league and that its top players appear only in selected matches.

The streak has nevertheless brought invaluable publicity to a league that packs its entire season into a three-week span in July.

The Kastles are 2-0 this season. They’ve won back-to-back WTT titles, going undefeated both years. Their last loss came July 22, 2010, also against the Lobsters.

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