Williams was scheduled to face five-time Grand Slam singles champion and Buzz player Martina Hingis in the women's singles match. Hingis said she was disappointed that she would not face Williams, whom Sports Illustrated recently ranked as the best female tennis player of all-time. "But, on the other hand I'm a little bit relieved," Hingis said with a laugh. "I'm sure she would (compete) if she could."
"I didn't even know I was going to play her," Williams said. "It would've been fun. We've had so many wonderful matches." With Wimbledon champion Serena Williams on the sideline watching, the Washington Kastles were still able to rally past the NY Buzz 20-12. Leander Paes and Rennae Stubbs paced the Kastles winning 2 doubles matches apiece. The Buzz effort was highlight by 5-time Slam winner Martina Hingis who blanked Serena's replacement Angela Haynes 5-0.
Serena took part in a pre-match press conference. She also made an appearance at the sponsor party and she spent 45 minutes after the match signing autographs for kids. It's obviously disappointing," Williams said. "I'm a big supporter of team tennis, so I'm still glad to be here."