Friday, August 19, 2011

King nets impressive doubles win

   Vania King of the Sacramento Capitals and Yaroslava Shvedova posted an encouraging victory Thursday night as they prepare to defend their U.S. Open women's doubles title.
   The third-seeded pair eliminated fifth-seeded American veterans Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the $2.05 million Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
   Huber, who will turn 35 Sunday, has won four Grand Slam women's doubles titles, and Raymond, who turned 38 last week, has captured five. They were coming off the title in Toronto last week.
   King and Shvedova will face unseeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia and Jie Zheng of China in today's semifinals. Makarova and Zheng stunned second-seeded Gisela Dulko of Argentina and Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-4, 5-7, 10-7 tiebreak.
   Also defending their doubles title in the U.S. Open, Aug. 29 through Sept. 11 in Flushing Meadows, will be twins Bob and Mike Bryan. Seeded first in Cincinnati, the former Stanford stars beat Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic and Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-2, 4-6, 10-1 tiebreak in the second round.
   Last week in Montreal, 33-year-old Bob Bryan became the seventh player in ATP World Tour history to surpass 700 doubles match victories with 703. He joined Daniel Nestor (811), Todd Woodbridge (782), the Capitals' Mark Knowles (734), Sherwood Stewart (723), Mike Bryan (716) and Jonas Bjorkman (709).

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