Friday, April 20, 2012

Bryans win battle of brothers; TV schedule, calendar

   Andy and Jamie Murray have played tennis together for a long time.
   But not as long as Bob and Mike Bryan.
   The Bryans, identical twins and former Stanford All-Americans who will turn 34 on April 29, outdueled 24-year-old Andy Murray and his 26-year-old brother, both of Scotland, 7-5, 6-4 Thursday in the second round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in Monaco.
   Both teams featured not only brothers but one left-hander (Bob Bryan and Jamie Murray). All except Andy Murray are doubles specialists.
   Earlier Thursday, fourth-ranked Andy Murray advanced to the quarterfinals when France's Julien Benneteau, a semifinalist in his SAP Open debut at San Jose in February, retired with Murray leading 6-5. Benneteau slipped on the court and injured his right ankle and right wrist.
  The top-seeded Bryans, who won Monte Carlo last year and in 2007, will meet fifth-seeded Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek today in the quarterfinals. Paes and Stepanek beat the Bryans 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the Australian Open final in January, ending the Americans' streak of three straight titles in the year's first Grand Slam tournament. Bob Bryan's wife, Michelle, gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Micaela, four days later.
    Women's Challenger in Dothan, Ala. -- American wild cards Irina Falconi and CoCo Vandeweghe topped fourth-seeded Erika Sema of Japan and Roxane Vaisemberg of Brazil 6-4, 5-7, 10-7 tiebreak to reach the semifinals of the $50,000 Dothan Pro Classic.
   The 6-foot-1 Vandeweghe, 20, will return to the Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis in July after playing for them in 2009. She competed for the Boston Lobsters in the last two seasons.
   Maria Sanchez of Modesto and Yasmin Schnack of Elk Grove in the Sacramento area knocked off third-seeded Jill Craybas and Tetiana Luzhanska, both of the United States, 6-4, 6-2 to move into the quarterfinals.
   UC Davis women win -- The UC Davis women (10-11, 5-2) moved within one victory of earning the No. 2 seed in the Big West Conference Championships with a 5-2 win over Pacific (4-14, 1-6) in Stockton.
   The Aggies end the regular season at home on Saturday against Cal State Fullerton (7-10, 1-5).
   On Wednesday, Dahra Zamudio of UC Davis was named the Big West Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week. Zamudio, a senior from Orange, won all four of her matches (two singles and two doubles) and helped the Aggies upset No. 66 UC Irvine.
   WEEKEND TV SCHEDULE
   Today 
   Monte Carlo quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 1:30-9:30 a.m. (live), 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (taped), 3-11 p.m. (taped).
Saturday
   Monte Carlo semifinals, Tennis Channel, 4-9 a.m. (live), 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (taped).
   Fed Cup, World Group playoffs, United States at Ukraine, Tennis Channel, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (taped).
   Fed Cup, World Group semifinals, Italy at Czech Republic, Tennis Channel, 1-5 p.m. (taped).
   Sunday
   Monte Carlo final, Tennis Channel, 4:30-7 a.m. (live), 5-10 p.m. (taped).
   Fed Cup, World Group playoffs, United States at Ukraine, Tennis Channel, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (taped).
   Fed Cup, World Group semifinals, Italy at Czech Republic, Tennis Channel, 1:30-3:30 p.m. (taped).
   CALENDAR
   Saturday
   Big Sky Conference Tournament, Gold River Racquet Club (Sacramento area), women's semifinals (No. 1 Sacramento State vs. No. 4 Northern Colorado, No. 2 Northern Arizona vs. No. 3 Montana) at 10 a.m., men's semifinals (No. 1 Montana vs. No. 4 Weber State, No. 2 Sac State vs. No. 3 Eastern Washington) at 2 p.m.
   Sierra College Women's Tennis Fundraiser, Ben Combs' clay court, 8582 Westin Lane, Orangevale (Sacramento area), blue group at 10 a.m., red group at 11:30 a.m., playoffs at 1 p.m., doubles exhibition match (players to be announced) at 1:30 p.m.
   Sunday
   Big Sky Conference Tournament, Gold River Racquet Club (Sacramento area), women's final at 10 a.m., men's final at 2 p.m.   

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