Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ex-Cal star Kops-Jones scores big doubles win

   Raquel Kops-Jones, a former NCAA doubles champion from Cal, and Abigail Spears upset the reigning Australian Open champions Tuesday.
   Kops-Jones, from Fresno, and Spears, from San Diego, knocked off third-seeded Gisela Dulko of Argentina and Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-4, 7-5 in the first round of the $637,000 Apia International in Sydney.
   The winners, who reached the final of last week's Brisbane International, improved to 4-1 this year. They will face either unseeded Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania and Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands or wild cards Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden and Jelena Dokic of Australia in the quarterfinals.
   In Sydney men's doubles, top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan opened their year with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over the new pairing of Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and Jean-Julien Rojer of Netherlands Antilles.
   The Bryan twins, ex-NCAA doubles champions from Stanford, will meet either Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic or Fabio Fognini of Italy and Sacramento-area resident Dmitry Tursunov in the quarters.
    Beginning next week, the Bryans will seek their fourth consecutive Australian Open title and sixth in seven years.

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