Friday, July 13, 2012

Fish lifts Capitals over Kansas City

   The Sacramento Capitals waited a long time for this.
   Marquee player Mardy Fish finally debuted for Sacramento on Thursday night, lifting the Capitals to a 22-21 World TeamTennis victory over the Kansas City Explorers at Sunrise Marketplace Outdoor Pavilion in Citrus Heights, Calif.
   Kansas City (1-2) led 18-17 entering the last set, men's singles, in the home opener for Sacramento (2-1), but Fish defeated Nick Monroe 5-3.
   Fish was scheduled to play one match for Sacramento last season but withdrew the day before with an abdominal muscle injury. Moreover, his two planned appearances this year looked shaky when he underwent a procedure for an irregular heartbeat in May. However, he returned to action late last month at Wimbledon and reached the fourth round.
   Fish, ranked 13th in the world after reaching a career-high No. 7 last August, is set to play again for Sacramento tonight at 7:35 against the visiting Orange County Breakers (1-1).
   See below for Thursday's full results.
   Bank of the West Classic at Stanford -- Second-seeded Marion Bartoli of France saved two set points, then rolled to a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Stanford wild card Mallory Burdette of Jackson, Ga., in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic.
   Burdette jumped out to a 5-2 lead, then lost the last 11 games against the 2009 Bank of the West champion and two-time runner-up at Stanford. Burdette reached the NCAA singles final this year as a junior, losing to teammate Nicole Gibbs, and won her second straight NCAA doubles crown.
   "Mallory played extremely well at the beginning, taking the ball very early and hitting very flat into the corners -- I felt at times like I was playing against myself," Bartoli, the 2007 Wimbledon runner-up, told reporters. "She just won her first match on the WTA in the first round, which probably gave her a huge confidence boost coming into this match. I expected her to go for her shots and play very well against me today.
   "I knew I had to wait a bit for her to come down and that I had to improve my level. I've played so many matches in my career, and I know when you're down, you can turn the match around. I couldn't worry about the score."
   Burdette, who hits hard but is mentally fragile, admitted she got nervous on the set points. 
   Urszula Radwanska, the younger sister of 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska, upset eighth-seeded Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. 
   Pete Sampras withdrew from his exhibition against Jim Courier after retiring from his match against Michael Chang on Wednesday night with a left calf injury. Courier played Chang instead, winning 7-6 (3), 6-4.
   Top seed and defending champion Serena Williams, who won her fifth Wimbledon singles title Saturday, will meet sixth-seeded Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa in the quarterfinals tonight at 7.
   See below for Thursday's full results and today's schedule.
Capitals 22, Kansas City 21
In Citrus Heights, Calif.
   Mixed doubles -- Mark Knowles-Yasmin Schnack (Capitals) def. Tetiana Luzhanska-Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Explorers) 5-4.
   Women's doubles -- Tetiana Luzhanska-Chanel Simmonds (Explorers) def. Asia Muhammed-Yasmin Schnack (Capitals) 5-3.
   Men's doubles -- Mardy Fish-Mark Knowles (Capitals) def. Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi-Nick Monroe (Explorers) 5-4.
   Women's singles -- Chanel Simmonds (Explorers) def. Asia Muhammed (Capitals) 5-4.
   Men's singles - Mardy Fish (Capitals) def. Nick Monroe (Explorers) 5-3.
At Stanford
Second-round singles
   Marion Bartoli (2), France, def. Mallory Burdette (Stanford), Jackson, Ga., 7-5, 6-0.
   Dominika Cibulkova (3), Slovakia, def. Erika Sema, Japan, 6-1, 6-3.
   Urszula Radwanska, Poland, def. Marina Erakovic (8), New Zealand, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
   Sorana Cirstea (9), Romania, def. Saisai Zheng, China, 6-3, 6-3.
Doubles quarterfinals
   Natalie Grandin, South Africa, and Vladimira Uhlirova (3), Czech Republic, def. Eleni Daniilidou, Greece, and Urszula Radwanska, Poland, walkover.
Legends round robin
   Jim Courier, New York, def. Michael Chang, Orange County, 7-6 (3), 64.
Today's schedule
(Starting at noon)
   Urszula Radwanska, Poland, vs. CoCo Vandeweghe, Rancho Santa Fe.
   Yanina Wickmayer (5), Belgium, vs. Marion Bartoli (2), France (not before 2 p.m.).
   Dominika Cibulkova (3), Slovakia, vs. Sorana Cirstea (9), Romania.
   Serena Williams (1), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., vs. Chanelle Scheepers (6), South Africa (not before 7 p.m.).
   Exhibition match: Michael Chang vs. Jim Courier.   

(All times PDT)
   Today -- Bastad (men), quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (repeat); Stanford (women), quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 2-6 p.m. (live), 7-9 p.m. (live).
   Saturday -- Newport, Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Jennifer Capriati, Gustavo Kuerten, Manuel Orantes, Randy Snow and Mike Davies), Tennis Channel, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (live); Newport (men), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (live); Stanford (women), semifinals, ESPN2, 1-3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. (live); Stuttgart (men), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 3-7 p.m. (delay); Bastad (men), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 7-11 p.m. (delay).
   Sunday -- Newport (men), final, Tennis Channel, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (live); Stanford (women), final,  ESPN2, 1-3 p.m. (live); Stuttgart (men), final, Tennis Channel, 1-3 pm. (delay); Bastad (men), final, Tennis Channel, 3-5 p.m. (delay); Umag (men), final, Tennis Channel, 5-7 p.m. (delay); Palermo (women), final, Tennis Channel, 7-9 p.m. (delay).
   Following are this week's world rankings of professional players with Northern California ties (change from last week in parentheses):
   Kevin Anderson, Sacramento Capitals (2012) of World TeamTennis -- No. 33 in singles (-2), No. 153 in doubles (-27).
   Bob Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 3 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 3 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mardy Fish, Capitals (2012) -- No. 13 in singles (-1), No. 722 in doubles (+8).
   John Paul Fruttero, Cal All-American in 2001 and 2002 -- No. 95 in doubles (+2), unranked in singles.
   Bradley Klahn, 2010 NCAA singles champion and 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 661 in singles (+34), No. 713 in doubles (+120). 
   Mark Knowles, Capitals (2001-07, 2009-12), three-time World TeamTennis Male MVP (2001, 2005 and 2007) -- No. 70 in doubles (+1), unranked in singles.
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 36 in doubles (+3), unranked in singles.
   Sam Querrey, San Francisco native, Capitals (2012) -- No. 55 in singles (+9), No. 61 in doubles (no change).   Ryan Sweeting, Capitals (2012) -- No. 116 in singles (+14), No. 849 in doubles (+6).
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 134 in singles (-5), No. 173 in doubles (-25).
   Jimmy Wang, Folsom resident -- No. 201 in singles (+6), No. 389 in doubles (-33).
   Pedro Zerbini, All-Pacific-10 Conference first team at Cal (2009-11) -- No. 642 in singles (+5), No. 996 in doubles (+15).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- Career-high No. 19 in doubles (+5), No. 716 in singles (+11).
   Asia Muhammed, Capitals (2012) -- No. 187 in doubles (-9), No. 480 in singles (-66).
   Maria Sanchez, Modesto resident -- Career-high No. 137 in doubles (+1), career-high No. 220 in singles (+5).
   Yasmin Schnack, Elk Grove resident, Capitals (2011-12) -- No. 145 in doubles (+1), No. 455 in singles (-23).
   Romana Tedjakusuma, Tracy resident -- No. 541 in singles (+19), No. 1,147 in doubles (+17).
   CoCo Vandeweghe, Capitals (2009, 2012) -- No. 120 in singles (+12), No. 501 in doubles (+14).
   Today -- WTA, Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, quarterfinals, noon and 7 p.m. Exhibition, Michael Chang vs. Jim Courier, not before 8 p.m.
   World TeamTennis, Sacramento Capitals (with Mardy Fish) vs. Orange County, Sunrise Marketplace Outdoor Pavilion, Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, 7:35 p.m.,
   Saturday -- WTA, Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, semifinals, 1 and 7 p.m.
   Capitals at Orange County, 7 p.m.
   Sunday -- WTA, Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, singles final at 1 p.m., doubles final to follow.
   Monday -- Capitals (with Sam Querrey) vs. New York, Sunrise Marketplace Outdoor Pavilion, Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, 7:35 p.m.,
   July 18 -- Capitals at Washington, 4:10 p.m.
   July 19 -- Capitals at Springfield, 5:05 p.m.
   July 20 -- Capitals at Kansas City, 5:35 p.m.
   July 22 -- Springfield at Capitals (with Querrey, Vandeweghe), Sunrise Marketplace Outdoor Pavilion, Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, 7:35 p.m.,
   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.,
   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.,
   July 28 -- Boston at Capitals (with Anderson, Vandeweghe), Sunrise Marketplace Outdoor Pavilion, Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, 7:35 p.m.,
   July 28-Aug. 5 -- OLYMPIC TENNIS TOURNAMENT, Wimbledon,

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