Wednesday, July 20, 2011

King, Capitals crush Springfield

   For the second time in three matches, Vania King was almost unbeatable Tuesday night.
   The World TeamTennis veteran won her three sets by a combined score of 15-1 to lead the visiting Sacramento Capitals over the Springfield (Mo.) Lasers 25-7.
   King, the 2009 WTT Female MVP for Springfield, accomplished the same feat in the Capitals' 22-11 overtime victory at Newport Beach on Saturday.
   Sacramento won all five sets for the first time in 2011 and tied the biggest winning margin in WTT this season. The Kansas City Explorers -- featuring reigning Wimbledon doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan and Kveta Peschke -- demolished the New York Sportimes by the same score Saturday.
   The Capitals (7-5) remained in a three-way tie with Kansas City and the St. Louis Aces for first place in the Western Conference with two matches left in the regular season. The top two teams in each conference advance to the WTT playoffs, Friday through Sunday in Charleston, S.C.
   Sacramento, which has won six of its last eight matches after starting the season
1-3, is in the best position of the three teams. The Capitals host Boston (5-7) tonight and Springfield (4-8) on Thursday, while Kansas City and St. Louis face each other in a home-and-home series.
   The Bryans completed their regular-season stint for the Explorers. The Aces, meanwhile, have 2003 Wimbledon runner-up Mark Philippoussis, who has won 10 of his 13 singles games (.769) this season.
   Capitals 25, Springfield 7
   Mixed doubles -- Mark Knowles and Vania King, Capitals, def. Carly Gullickson and Rik de Voest, Spr., 5-1.
   Women's singles -- King, Capitals, def. Lilia Osterloh, Spr., 5-0.
   Men's doubles -- Knowles and Dusan Vemic, Capitals, def. de Voest and Doug Elly, Spr., 5-3.
   Women's doubles -- King and Yasmin Schnack, Capitals, def. Gullickson and Osterloh. Spr., 5-0.
   Men's singles -- Vemic, Capitals, def. de Voest, Spr., 5-3.

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