Saturday, June 23, 2012

Tursunov, Wang draw seeds at Wimbledon

   Dmitry Tursunov of Russia and Jimmy Wang of Taiwan have more in common than might be readily apparent.
   Both train at the Gorin Tennis Academy in the Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay. Both returned from extended injury layoffs in 2010. And both drew seeds Friday at Wimbledon.
   Tursunov will face No. 31 Florian Mayer of Germany in the first round, and Wang will meet No. 17 Fernando Verdasco of Spain. Wimbledon begins Monday and continues through
July 8.
   Both Mayer, 28, and Tursunov, 29, have had their best Grand Slam singles results at Wimbledon early in their careers. Mayer reached the quarterfinals in 2004, and Tursunov advanced to the fourth round in 2005 and 2006.
   Wang, 27, will play in the main draw at Wimbledon for the first time since 2007, when he reached the second round as a qualifier.
   Meanwhile, five part-time Sacramento Capitals in World TeamTennis will play singles at Wimbledon.
   Mardy Fish, seeded 10th, is scheduled to play his first match since early April when he faces Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain in the opening round. Fish, a Wimbledon quarterfinalist last year, underwent a procedure on May 23 for heart palpitations.
   Kevin Anderson, seeded 32nd, will meet dangerous Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. Sam Querrey, a San Francisco native, will take on rising Canadian Vasek Pospisil and could face another Canadian, 21st-seeded Milos Raonic, in the second round.
   Qualifier Ryan Sweeting will play Potito Starace of Italy. The winner will face either eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia or David Nalbandian of Argentina. Nalbandian, the Wimbledon runner-up 10 years ago, was defaulted from Sunday's final at Queen's Club in London for kicking a wooden box around a line judge in anger and slightly injuring him.
   On the women's side, qualifier CoCo Vandeweghe drew 10th-seeded Sara Errani of Italy. Errani reached the French Open final two weeks ago but has not advanced past the third round at Wimbledon in four attempts.
   Five men's and two women's doubles teams at Wimbledon feature at least one player with Northern California ties.
   Second-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan, former NCAA doubles champions from Stanford, won Wimbledon last year and in 2006. Other men's pairings are: Tursunov-Sergiy Stakhovsky, Querrey-James Blake, Mark Knowles (Capitals)-Paul Hanley and Scott Lipsky (ex-Stanford All-American)-Rajeev Ram.
   Raquel Kops-Jones, a former NCAA doubles champion from Cal, and Abigail Spears are seeded 10th in women's doubles. Also, Yasmin Schnack, who plays for her hometown Capitals, will make her Grand Slam debut. She will team with close friend Vania King, the 2010 Wimbledon champion with Yaroslava Shvedova.     
   UNICEF Open in s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands -- Juan Sebastian Cabal of Colombia and Tursunov reached the doubles final of the grass-court UNICEF Open. Playing in their first tournament together, they defeated Germans Benjamin Becker and Philipp Petzschner 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) in a battle of unseeded teams.
   Cabal and Tursunov will face top-seeded Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Horia Tecau of Romania today for the title. Lindstedt and Tecau, the 2010 UNICEF Open champions, have reached the last two Wimbledon finals. Tursunov seeks his sixth ATP World Tour doubles crown and Cabal, 26, his first.
TV SCHEDULE
(All times PDT)
   Today -- Eastbourne (women), final, Tennis Channel, 4-6 a.m. (live), 6-8 a.m. (repeat), 2-4 p.m. (repeat). s'-Hertogensbosch (women), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 8 a.m.-noon (delay), 4-8 p.m. (repeat). Eastbourne (men), final, Tennis Channel, noon-2 p.m. (delay), 8-10 p.m. (repeat).
   Sunday -- Eastbourne (women), final, Tennis Channel, 10 a.m.-noon (repeat), 7-9 p.m. (repeat). s'-Hertogenbosch (women), final, Tennis Channel, noon-2 p.m. (delay). s'-Hertogenbosch (men), final, Tennis Channel, 2-4 p.m. Eastbourne (men), final, Tennis Channel, 5-7 p.m. (repeat). 
   Monday -- Wimbledon, first round, ESPN2, 3:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (live). Wimbledon Primetime, Tennis Channel, 2 p.m. (premiere), 6 p.m. (repeat), 10 p.m. (repeat).
   Tueday-Thursday -- Wimbledon, early rounds, ESPN2, 4 a.m.-2 p.m. (live). Wimbledon Primetime, Tennis Channel, 2 p.m. (premiere), 6 p.m. (repeat), 10 p.m. (repeat).
   Friday -- Wimbledon, early rounds, ESPN, 4 a.m.-2 p.m. (live). Wimbledon Primetime, Tennis Channel, 2 p.m. (premiere), 6 p.m. (repeat), 10 p.m. (repeat).
   Saturday -- Wimbledon, early rounds, 5 a.m.-noon, ESPN (live). Wimbledon Primetime, Tennis Channel, 2 p.m. (premiere), 6 p.m. (repeat), 10 p.m. (repeat).  
   Sunday -- No matches scheduled. Wimbledon Primetime, Tennis Channel, 1 p.m. (premiere), 5 p.m. (repeat), 9 p.m. (repeat). 
CALENDAR  
   MONDAY-JULY 8 -- WIMBLEDON, www.wimbledon.com.
   June 29 -- Renowned tennis psychologist and author Allen Fox speaks at 5:30 p.m. at the Gorin Tennis Academy, 8970 Carriage Drive, Granite Bay (Sacramento area), $10, (916) 797-8444.
   July 7-10 -- West Coast Junior Championships, Rio Del Oro Racquet Club, 119 Scripps Dr., Sacramento, www.norcal.usta.com.
   July 7-15 -- WTA, Bank of the West Classic, Stanford University, www.bankofthewestclassic.com.
   July 9 -- World TeamTennis, Sacramento Capitals' season opener at Boston, 4 p.m., www.saccaps.com.
   July 12 -- World TeamTennis, Capitals' home opener (with Mardy Fish) vs. Kansas City, Sunrise Marketplace Stadium, Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, 7:35 p.m., www.saccaps.com.
   July 12 -- 2012 Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame Brunch and Induction Ceremony (Nick Saviano, Andrea Norman, Steve Cornell and Martha Downing), Stanford University, Pac 12 Plaza/Cardinal Plaza, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., tickets $75 each at http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=230538.
   July 28-Aug. 5 -- Olympic tennis tournament at Wimbledon, www.london2012.com.

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