Sunday, September 4, 2011

King falls to Wozniacki in U.S. Open

   At least Vania King can turn her full attention to defending her U.S. Open women's doubles title with Yaroslava Shvedova.
    King, who has played for the Sacramento Capitals in World TeamTennis for the past two seasons, lost to top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-2, 6-4 Saturday in the third round of the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows.
   “To be honest, I felt like I was playing with her,” King, who had lost to Wozniacki 6-1, 6-0 the last time they had met, told reporters. “But she isn’t No. 1 without a good reason. She is used to winning. She has that confidence.”
   The match took place on a warm, windy day.
   “The wind, it was going everywhere,” said Wozniacki, the runner-up in the 2009 U.S. Open to Kim Clijsters. “You had to keep the margin over the net and away from the lines.”
   King, a Los Angeles-area native who's listed at 5-foot-5 but appears smaller, fell to 0-3 lifetime against the 5-10 Wozniacki.
   King was seeded fifth in mixed doubles with Rohan Bopanna of India, but they lost to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic and Philipp Petzschner of Germany 7-6 (1), 4-6, 10-7 tiebreak Friday in the first round.
   King and Shvedova, from Kazakhstan, will face American wild cards Jessica Pegula, 17, and Taylor Townsend, 15, in the third round of women's doubles. That match likely will be on Monday.
   Meanwhile, wild cards Melanie Oudin, 19, and Jack Sock, 18, stunned top seeds and defending champions Liezel Huber and Bob Bryan 2-6, 6-3, 10-6 tiebreak in the second round of mixed doubles.
   Bryan, a former Stanford All-American, has won four U.S. Open mixed doubles titles (all with different partners) and seven overall. He and his twin brother, Mike, lost in the first round of men's doubles in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in 10 years last week.
   Scott Lipsky, another ex-Stanford All-American, also lost in mixed doubles. He and U.S. veteran Lisa Raymond fell to Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia and Bruno Soares of Brazil 6-4, 7-6 (3).
   Lipsky, who turned 30 last month, teamed with Casey Dellacqua of Australia to win the French Open mixed doubles title in June for his first Grand Slam crown. Raymond, 38, has won two U.S. Open mixed doubles titles (1996 and 2002) and four overall.


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