Thursday, August 2, 2012

Olympic dream rematch thwarted

   There will be no dream doubles rematch in the Olympics, but Bob and Mike Bryan probably aren't complaining.
   Israelis Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram upset sixth seeds and defending gold medalists Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 Wednesday in the second round at Wimbledon.
   “We’re very pleased; it’s not every day that you beat the No. 1 in the world, the best player in the history of tennis,” Ram said on atpworldtour.com. “It’s great fun. I’m very excited about this. It’s not a normal win, but still we have a long way for our goal. We came here to go all the way, not just to beat Federer, which is very exciting.”
   Said Federer, who earlier reached the singles quarterfinals: “Overall, I think we played a good tournament. It just wasn’t meant to be today.”
   Erlich and Ram, the 2008 Australian Open champions, will face the top-seeded Bryan brothers, former NCAA doubles champions from Stanford, in the quarterfinals. The Americans lost to Federer and Wawrinka in the semifinals of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and settled for the bronze medal.
   The Bryans, arguably the greatest men's doubles team ever, seek their first Olympic gold medal.
   WTA tour/ATP World Tour in Washington, D.C. -- Fourth-seeded Vania King, 23, will meet seventh-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe, 20, for the first time in the quarterfinals of the Citi Open. Both played part-time for the Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis last month.
   The 6-foot-1 Vandeweghe, from Rancho Santa Fe in the San Diego area, cruised past qualifier Arevane Rezai of France 6-2, 6-2 in the second round. The 5-foot-5 King, who grew up in Long Beach, topped Irina Falconi of Atlanta 6-2, 7-6 (5).  
   In men's doubles, Kevin Anderson of South Africa and Sam Querrey, a San Francisco native living in Dallas, defeated Pablo Andujar of Spain and Michael Kohlmann of Germany 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) in the first round. Anderson and Querrey each played part-time for the Capitals.
   Mark Knowles, a full-time Capital from the Bahamas, and Tommy Haas of Germany lost to third-seeded Eric Butorac, a former Capital from Rochester, Minn., and Paul Hanley of Australia 6-3, 5-7, 13-11 tiebreak. Knowles won the 2010 crown with American Mardy Fish.
   Women's/men's Challengers in Vancouver, British Columbia -- Stanford's Nicole Gibbs, Mallory Burdette and Krista Hardebeck and Modesto's Maria Sanchez won in the first round of singles at the Odlum Brown VanOpen.
   Gibbs, a qualifier who won this year's NCAA singles and doubles titles, upset fifth-seeded Madison Brengle 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. Hardebeck, an incoming freshman, outlasted fellow qualifier Ashley Weinhold 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. Burdette, a wild card who lost to Gibbs in the NCAA singles final and won the doubles crown with Gibbs, routed lucky loser Sherazad Benamar of France 6-1, 6-2. Sanchez, a former USC All-American, dominated Heidi El Tabakh of Canada 6-2, 6-1.
   In the opening round of doubles, second-seeded Alexa Glatch and Sanchez lost by walkover, and Burdette and Gibbs fell to third-seeded Americans Jessica Pegula and Taylor Townsend 6-4, 6-3.
   In men's doubles, top-seeded John Paul Fruttero, a former Cal star from San Jose, and Rajeev Ram of Carmel, Ind., beat Rik de Voest of South Africa and Adil Shamasdin of Canada 7-6 (7), 6-3 in the first round.
   Also advancing to the doubles quarterfinals was the team of Danai Udomchoke of Thailand and Jimmy Wang, a veteran from Chinese Taipei who trains in the Sacramento area.
   Wild cards Devin Britton and Austin Krajicek dispatched qualifiers Chase Buchanan and Bradley Klahn, a former Stanford star, 6-2, 6-2. Britton won the $15,000 Sacramento Futures in June.
   Men's Futures in Decatur, Ill. -- Artem Ilyushin, a Russian living in Granite Bay, downed fifth-seeded Ji Sung Nam of South Korea 6-1, 6-4 in the opening round of the USTA/Ursula Beck Tennis Classic. Ilyushin also reached the doubles semifinals with David Sofaer of Australia.
   World TeamTennis playoffs -- The Capitals will have Querrey, Mark Knowles, CoCo Vandeweghe and either Asia Muhammad or Yasmin Schnack for the World TeamTennis playoffs, coach Wayne Bryan wrote in an e-mail.
   The postseason is scheduled for Sept. 14-16 in Charleston, S.C. Sacramento (7-7) will face the Orange County Breakers (8-6) in the Western Conference finals on Sept. 14, and the Washington Kastles (14-0) will play the New York Sportimes (9-5) in the Eastern Conference finals the following day. The winners will meet Sept. 16 for the title.
   The Capitals lost three of four matches to Orange County during the regular season, which ended Saturday. The postseason will be played in September because of the Olympics.
  The 6-foot-6 Querrey played six matches for Sacramento, finishing second in men's singles with a .580 winning percentage and fifth (among 16 players) in men's doubles at .531.
  Vandeweghe, in four matches for the Capitals, did not play enough games to be ranked among WTT players. She went 12-8 (.600) in women's singles, 9-15 (.375) in women's doubles and 9-9 in mixed doubles.
   Overall in the eight-team league, Sacramento ranked third in men's singles (.522), fifth in women's singles (.485), fourth in men's doubles (.518), seventh in women's doubles (.429) and fourth in mixed doubles (.532).
   WTT awards -- Bobby Reynolds of Washington and former world No. 1 Martina Hingis of New York were named the Male and Female MVPs, respectively, of World TeamTennis.
   John-Patrick Smith of Orange County and Kristyna Pliskova of the Philadelphia Freedoms were selected as the WTT Rookies of the Year, and Murphy Jensen of Washington was tabbed as the WTT Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.   Hingis, 35, led the league in women's singles this season with a .593 winning percentage and teamed with Ashley Harkleroad to finish first in women's doubles at .571.
   Reynolds, the 2010 Rookie of the Year at 28 years old, topped WTT in men's singles with a .610 winning percentage and paired with 2009 and 2011 Male MVP Leander Paes to head the league with a .620 mark.
   Smith, a 23-year-old Australian, finished third in men's singles at .568 and in men's doubles, with Travis Parrott, at .537.
   Pliskova, 20, of the Czech Republic, finished third in women's doubles with her identical twin sister, Karolina, and fourth in mixed doubles with Jordan Kerr.
   Jensen led Washington to its second consecutive undefeated regular season. The Kastles have won 30 matches in a row, the second-longest winning streak in professional sports history behind the Los Angeles Lakers' 33 straight in 1971-72.
TV SCHEDULE
(All times PDT)
   Thursday -- Olympics, singles and mixed doubles quarterfinals and doubles semifinals, Bravo, 4 a.m.-noon (live).
   Friday -- Olympics, singles and mixed doubles semifinals, Bravo, 4 a.m.-noon (live).
   Saturday -- Olympics, women's singles final, NBC, 6-8 a.m. (live); men's doubles final, NBCSN, 8:30-11 a.m. (live).
   Sunday -- Olympics, mixed doubles final, NBCSN, 4-5:30 a.m. (live); men's singles bronze-medal match, MSNBC, 4-6 a.m. (live); men's singles final, NBC, 6-8:30 a.m. (live); women's doubles final, NBCSN, 9:15-11 a.m. (live).  
CALENDAR
   Through Sunday -- OLYMPIC TENNIS TOURNAMENT, Wimbledon, www.london2012.com.
   Friday-Aug. 12 -- USTA National Championships, boys 18s and 16s, Kalamazoo, Mich. 
   Saturday-Aug. 12 -- USTA National Championships, girls 18s and 16s, San Diego.
   Saturday-Aug. 9 -- USTA National Championships, girls 14s, Peachtree City, Ga.
   Saturday-Aug. 12 -- $100,000 Comerica Bank Challenger, Seascape Sports Club, 1505 Seascape Blvd., Aptos, Calif., 95003, www.seascapesportsclub.com/challenger, (831) 688-1993.
   Sunday-Aug. 10 -- USTA National Championships, boys 14s, San Antonio.
   Sunday-Aug. 10 -- USTA National Championships, boys 12s, North Little Rock, Ark.
   Sunday-Aug. 10 -- USTA National Championships, girls 12s, Alpharetta, Ga. 
   Aug. 27-Sept. 9 -- U.S. OPEN, Flushing Meadows, N.Y., www.usopen.org.
   Sept. 9-16 -- $25,000 USTA Oak River Rehab Challenger, Sun Oaks Tennis & Fitness, 3452 Argyle Road, Redding, Calif., 96002, www.sunoakschallenger.com, (530) 227-3498.
   Sept. 14 -- World TeamTennis, Western Conference finals, Sacramento Capitals vs. Orange County Breakers, 3:30 p.m. PDT, Charleston, S.C.
   Sept. 15 -- WTT, Eastern Conference finals, Washington Kastles vs. New York Sportimes, 3:30 p.m. PDT, Charleston, S.C.
   Sept. 16 -- WTT Finals, Western Conference champion vs. Eastern Conference champion, 12:30 p.m. PDT, Charleston, S.C.
   Sept. 29-Oct. 7 -- Natomas Men's $100,000 Challenger, Natomas Racquet Club, 2450 Natomas Park Drive, Sacramento, Calif., 95833, www.natomaschallenger.com, (916) 649-0909.
   Oct. 6-14 -- First Republic Bank Men's $100,000 Challenger, Tiburon Peninsula Club, 1600 Mar West St., Tiburon, Calif., 94920, www.tiburon challenger.com, (415) 789-7900.

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