Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Capitals rally late to stun New York

   Mark Knowles and Sam Querrey won 5-0 in the final set as the host Sacramento Capitals stunned Martina Hingis and the New York Sportimes 18-17 Monday night.
   New York (3-2) won the first two sets, mixed doubles and women's doubles, to lead 10-6. But the 6-foot-6 Querrey, ranked among the top 20 in the world before undergoing elbow surgery in June 2011, defeated Jesse Witten 5-2 to pull Sacramento within 12-11.
   Hingis, formerly ranked No. 1 in singles and doubles, beat Asia Muhammad 5-2 to increase New York's lead to 17-13. Then the 40-year-old Knowles, formerly No. 1 in doubles, and Querrey blitzed Robert Kendrick and Witten.
   Querrey was born in San Francisco, and Kendrick hails from Fresno.
   After a day off today, Sacramento (4-2) will visit Washington (6-0) on Wednesday in a showdown between the two conference leaders. The match will end the first half of the regular season for both teams.
   The Kastles, who won the WTT title last year with a 16-0 record, have a 22-match winning streak dating to July 22, 2010.      
   See below for full results of Monday night's match.
   WTA tour in Carlsbad --Varvara Lepchenko, a Ukrainian-born American, routed wild card Nicole Gibbs, the reigning NCAA singles and doubles champion from Stanford, 6-3, 6-1 in the opening round of the Mercury Insurance Open in the San Diego area.
   Wild card CoCo Vandeweghe, from nearby Rancho Santa Fe, is scheduled to face eighth-seeded Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa tonight in the first round. The 20-year-old Vandeweghe reached the final of last week's Bank of the West Classic at Stanford as a lucky loser, falling to Serena Williams.
   ATP World Tour in Atlanta --  Xavier Malisse of Belgium and Michael Russell of Houston outdueled the all-Northern California team of John Paul Fruttero and Dmitry Tursunov 1-6, 6-1, 10-3 in the first round of the BB&T Atlanta Open.
   Fruttero, a 31-year-old San Jose resident, earned All-America honors at Cal in 2001 and 2002. Tursunov, a 29-year-old Moscow native, has lived in the Sacramento area for the past 12 years.
WORLD TEAMTENNIS
Capitals 18, New York 17 
In Citrus Heights, Calif.
   Mixed doubles -- Ashley Harkleroad-Robert Kendrick (Sportimes) def. Yasmin Schnack-Mark Knowles (Capitals) 5-4.
   Women's doubles -- Martina Hingis-Ashley Harkleroad (Sportimes) def. Asia Muhammad-Yasmin Schnack (Capitals) 5-2.
   Men's singles -- Sam Querrey (Capitals) def. Jesse Witten (Sportimes) 5-2.
   Women's singles -- Martina Hingis (Sportimes) def. Asia Muhammad (Capitals) 5-2.
   Men's doubles -- Mark Knowles-Sam Querrey (Capitals) def. Robert Kendrick-Jesse Witten (Sportimes) 5-0.
TV SCHEDULE
(All times PDT)
   Today -- Bastad (women), early rounds, Tennis Channel, 4-8 p.m. (delay), 8 p.m.-midnight (repeat).
   Wednesday -- Bastad (women), early rounds, Tennis Channel, 4-8 p.m. (delay), 8 p.m.-midnight (repeat).
   Thursday -- Hamburg (men), early rounds, Tennis Channel, 5:30-11:30 a.m. (live); Bastad (women), early rounds, Tennis Channel, 4-8 p.m. (delay), 8 p.m.-midnight (repeat).
   Friday -- Hamburg (men), quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 3-11 a.m. (live), 8-10 p.m. (repeat); Atlanta (men), quarterfinals, ESPN2, 1-6 p.m. (live), Tennis Channel, 6-8 p.m. (live); Bastad (women), quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 2-6 p.m. (delay); Carlsbad (women), quarterfinals, ESPN2, 8-10 p.m. (live).
CALENDAR
   Wednesday -- World TeamTennis, Sacramento Capitals at Washington, 4:10 p.m.
   Thursday -- Capitals at Springfield, 5:05 p.m.
   Friday -- Capitals at Kansas City, 5:35 p.m.
   Sunday -- Springfield at Capitals (with Querrey, CoCo Vandeweghe), Sunrise Marketplace Outdoor Pavilion, Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, 7:35 p.m., http://www.saccaps.com/.
   July 24 -- Orange County (with Lindsay Davenport) at Capitals (with Kevin Anderson, Vandeweghe), Sunrise Marketplace Outdoor Pavilion, Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, 7:35 p.m., http://www.saccaps.com/.
   July 25 -- Capitals (with Vandeweghe) at Orange County, 7 p.m.
   July 27 -- Philadelphia (with Mark Philippoussis) at Capitals (with Anderson, Vandeweghe), Sunrise Marketplace Outdoor Pavilion, Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, 7:35 p.m., http://www.saccaps.com/.
   July 28 -- Boston at Capitals (with Anderson, Vandeweghe), Sunrise Marketplace Outdoor Pavilion, Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, 7:35 p.m., http://www.saccaps.com/.
   July 28-Aug. 5 -- OLYMPIC TENNIS TOURNAMENT, Wimbledon, www.london2012.com.

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