Riske & Huber Lead Freedoms
Charge Down Under
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2013 Freedoms teammates Liezel Huber and PA's own Alison Riske (pictured left to right) have both survived the blisteringly hot first four days of the Australian Open.

Riske is in the midst of yet another breakthrough run at a Grand Slam.  Riske ended her 2013 Grand Slam season by reaching the 3rd round at Wimbledon and knocking off all higher ranked players en route to the Round of 16 at the US Open. 
She's at it again in Melbourne, where she's been dominant in upsets over #23 seed Elena Visnina (6-2, 6-2) and former world #12 Yanina Wickmayer (6-1, 6-1). To advance to the Round of 16 here, she'll have to pull off another upset on Friday (7 PM Thursday, US eastern time) when she challenges #9 seed Angelique Kerber in the first match of the day in Hisense Arena!
Liezel and partner Hao-Ching Chan, the #13 seeds in the women's doubles draw, won their first round match 6-3, 6-3 over Tamarine Tanasugarn and Saisai Zheng. They play their second round match on Friday against Allentown, PA's Varvara Lepchenko and Raluca Olaru.

Lisa & Liezel
Lisa & Liezel, 2011 US Open Champions 
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Liezel is also playing mixed doubles, where she and partner Marcelo Melo are the #3 seeds. In a particularly intriguing first round matchup for Freedoms and doubles fans alike, they'll face Freedoms Community Ambassador Lisa Raymond and partner Mariusz Fyrstenberg. Liezel and Lisa, two all-time doubles greats, played together in 2011, a year highlighted by winning the 2011 US Open women's doubles championship!

Also playing mixed doubles is Freedoms super server Sam Groth. Though he fell in tight first round matches in men's singles and doubles, Sam is teaming with teen sensation Eugenie Bouchard, the highest ranked teenager on the WTA Tour (#31) and a Mylan WTT sensation this past season playing for the Texas Wild. The two World TeamTennis aces face Jie Zheng & American Scott Lipsky in the first round.

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Limited Run Billie Jean King NYC Stage Production
If you're going to be in the New York City area between now and January 26, you might want to go out of your way to check out 'She Is King,' an off-Broadway production of the Incubator Arts Project.  Their website describes the origin and format of this unique project:

"Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the historic "Battle of the Sexes", SHE IS KING is a live performance that uses archival footage to reenact three interviews at pivotal moments in the career of tennis trailblazer Billie Jean King. SHE IS KING captures the legend's big personality and subtle maneuvers as King manages the pressure of her success and being a woman in a field long dominated by men. The use of interactive media via nine old TV screens magnifies the life of King as a public and private figure, and examines the impact of media on gender, sexuality and celebrity."

New York Times theatre reviewer Rachel Salz wrote earlier this week, "'She Is King' is a portrait of Ms. King that presents her as an instinctive egalitarian, a genuine American hero. I believed it when I was a kid, watching her beat Bobby Riggs on TV. And I believe it now."

For more information, go to incubatorarts.org.
Say Hello to the San Diego Aviators

The Philadelphia Freedoms would like to welcome Mylan World TeamTennis' newest franchise, the San Diego Aviators!

The Aviators will make their Mylan WTT debut this summer after local businessman Russell Geyser bought the New York franchise and relocated the team to San Diego.  San Diego's history with Mylan World TeamTennis dates back to the 1970s and 80s when the San Diego Friars played in the League.

For more information, check out WTT.com!
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