Washington Kastles Win Season Opener!

A good turnout last evening for the season opener of the Washington Kastles tennis team.

The Kastles defeated the Kansas City Explorers 21-18, overall.

The franchise favorite, Venus Williams, struggled on the night, especially in the last game of women's doubles, sending the game into overtime. With the Kastles' lead down to 19-17, Venus saved four straight set points on her serve to secure the crucial game. Teammate Renae Stubbs held at love in overtime to clinch the win for Washington.

Venus Williams rallies.

In men's tennis Kastles' Bobby Reynolds rallied strong, and hard, winning all 12 of his points on serve. He broke for 2-0 with a backhand lob. He later captured a second break with a big backhand return to take the set 5-1. The team of Reynolds, and Leander Paes defeated the Explorers' Alex Kuznetsov and Ricardo Mello 5-4(1).

Video - Bobby Reynolds Rallies Strong in Men's Single

The Kastles had quite a bit of sport fans in the house ranging from DC United's head coach Ben Olsen, to NBA Laker great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. DC Mayor Vincent Gray, DC schools chancellor Kaya Henderson and council member Kwame Brown were also present.

The Kastles continue their 2011 season play at their new home, on the Wharf at 700 Water Street, this Thursday with Serena Williams.

For schedule info and ticket info visit www.washingtonkastles.com. You can also view games on The Tennis Channel and live