Wednesday, August 17, 2011

King triumphs in doubles return

   Third-seeded Vania King, who completed her second season with the Sacramento Capitals last month, and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan edged American wild cards Alexa Glatch and Christina McHale 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5 match tiebreaker) Wednesday in the second round of the $2.05 million Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
   It was King's first doubles match since a second-round loss with Shvedova at Wimbledon, where they were the defending champions. The pair received a first-round bye in Cincinnati.
   McHale, who won the USTA girls 18 national singles title two years ago in Berkeley at 17 years old, earlier stunned top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-4, 7-5 in the second round.
   King and Shvedova advanced to a quarterfinal showdown against fifth-seeded American veterans Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond after today's 4 p.m. (PDT) match between Roger Federer and James Blake.
   Huber and Raymond, who became partners four months ago, won their first title together last week in Toronto. Huber, a naturalized U.S. citizen from South Africa who will turn 35 Sunday, has won four Grand Slam women's doubles titles; Raymond, who turned 38 last week, has captured five. King and Shvedova have won two each, including last year's U.S. Open.
   In men's doubles, former Stanford All-American Scott Lipsky and Bruno Soares of Brazil lost to seventh-seeded Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the second round.
   Top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan, the 1998 NCAA men's doubles champions from Stanford, will face unseeded Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic and Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine tonight in the second round.


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