Sunday, July 10, 2011

Serena, Kastles beat Capitals

   The good news for the Sacramento Capitals is they won't face a future International Tennis Hall of Famer tonight. The bad news is that two more are coming to town Tuesday.
   For the second straight night at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, Calif., a future immortal led her team over Sacramento as Serena Williams and the Washington Kastles rallied for a 21-16 victory Saturday before an announced sellout crowd of 2,500. On Friday, Martina Hingis and the New York Sportimes triumphed 21-12.
   After hosting the rival Newport Beach Breakers (3-2) tonight at 7:30 and resting Monday, the Capitals (1-3) will take on the Kansas City Explorers (1-3) at Sunrise Mall.
   Identical twins Bob and Mike Bryan, arguably the greatest men's doubles team ever, will make their season debut for the defending champions of World TeamTennis against their father, Sacramento coach Wayne Bryan.
   After the Capitals took a 14-11 lead over Washington (5-0) at intermission, Williams crushed WTT rookie Yasmin Schnack 5-0 in 14 minutes.
   The Kastles' Leander Paes and Bobby Reynolds then beat Mark Knowles and Dusan Vemic 5-2 to preserve the victory. Paes, a 38-year-old Indian, has won 12 Grand Slam doubles titles (six men's and six mixed). Reynolds, a 28-year-old tour veteran, earned last year's WTT Male Rookie of the Year award.
   In Williams' other two sets, which opened the match, she lost 5-2 in mixed doubles and won 5-4 in women's doubles.
   Williams played in the Sacramento area for the first time. She recently returned to action after missing 11 months because of two foot operations and blood clots in both of her lungs.

Kastles 21, Capitals 16  
   Mixed doubles -- Mark Knowles and Yasmin Schnack, Capitals, def. Leander Paes and Serena Williams, Kastles, 5-2.
   Women’s doubles -- Rennae Stubbs and Williams, Kastles, def. Christina Fusano and Schnack, Capitals, def. 5-4.
   Men’s singles -- Dusan Vemic, Capitals, def. Bobby Reynolds, Kastles, 5-4.
   Women’s singles --Williams, Kastles, def. Schnack, Capitals, 5-0.
   Men’s doubles -- Reynolds and Paes, Kastles, def. Knowles and Vemic, Capitals, 5-2.

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