Saturday, August 20, 2011

King reaches Cincinnati doubles final

   A current Sacramento Capital will play a former one Sunday in the women's doubles final of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
   Third-seeded Vania King, a Long Beach product who completed her second season with the Capitals last month, and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan will face unseeded Natalie Grandin, a South African who played as an early-season substitute for the Capitals in 2007, and Vladimira Uhlirova of the Czech Republic for the title.
   King and Shvedova, preparing for their U.S. Open title defense, dispatched unseeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia and Jie Zheng of China 6-1, 6-3 in Friday's semifinals. Grandin and Uhlirova, meanwhile, upset No. 1 seeds and reigning Wimbledon champions Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia 6-1, 6-4.
   The Cincinnati final will be a rematch of the teams' second-round encounter at Indian Wells in March. King and Shvedova prevailed 6-7 (4), 6-3, 10-7 tiebreak.
   King is playing in her first doubles event since she and Shvedova fell  in the second round at Wimbledon as the defending champions. They reached the French Open semifinals in June.
   Grandin and Uhlirova, Australian Open quarterfinalists in January, lost in the first round at Stanford last month to Shuko Aoyama and Rika Fujiwara of Japan. King and Shvedova did not play in the tournament.
   In men's doubles at Cincinnati, No. 1 seeds and former Stanford All-Americans Bob and Mike Bryan beat seventh-seeded Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) in the quarterfinals.
   The Bryan twins seek their second consecutive Cincinnati title, third in four years and fourth overall.

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