Sunday, July 17, 2011

King stars in Capitals' easy win

   This time, there was no suspense.
   Vania King helped see to that.
   One night after eking out a one-point victory over Newport Beach, the Sacramento Capitals dominated the host Breakers 22-11 in overtime Saturday night.
    King won her three sets by a combined score of 15-1. She breezed 5-1 in the opening set (mixed doubles with Mark Knowles), 5-0 in the next set (women's doubles with Yasmin Schnack) and 5-0 in the fourth set (women's singles).
    King, who rested during the week after Wimbledon and joined the Capitals in their fifth match, ranks second among 10 WTT players in women's singles (21-14, .600), third among 19 in women's doubles (21-12, .636) and fourth among 18 in mixed doubles (21-16, .568).
   The Capitals led 19-6 after four sets Saturday, but the Breakers' Lester Cook beat Dusan Vemic 5-2 in the last set to send the match to overtime. Vemic won the first game to end it.
   First-place Sacramento (6-4) leads the Kansas City Explorers (5-4) by one-half match and the St. Louis Aces (5-5) by one match in the Western Conference of World TeamTennis. The top two teams in each conference after the 14-match regular season advance to the WTT playoffs, Friday through next Sunday in Charleston, S.C.
   After starting the season 1-3, the Capitals have won five of their last six matches. They have a rare day off today before facing the host Washington Kastles (10-0) Monday in a showdown of conference leaders.  
   Capitals 22, Newport Beach 11 (OT)
   Mixed doubles -- Mark Knowles and Vania King, Capitals, def. Travis Rettenmaier and Marie-Eve Pelletier, NB, 5-1. 
   Women's doubles -- King and Yasmin Schnack, Capitals, def. Pelletier and Anne Keothavong, NB, 5-0.
   Men's doubles -- Lester Cook and Trevor Kronemann, NB, def. Dusan Vemic and Knowles, Capitals, 5-4.
   Women's singles -- King, Capitals, def. Keothavong, Breakers, 5-0.
   Men's singles -- Cook, NB, def. Vemic, Capitals, 5-2.
   Overtime -- Vemic, Capitals, def. Cook, NB, 1-0.

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