Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ex-Stanford star falls to familiar foe in SAP Open

   Bradley Klahn probably has seen enough of Jesse Levine for a while.
   Klahn, playing a few miles down the road from where he starred for four years at Stanford, lost to Levine for the second time in one week Monday night.
   In a matchup of diminutive left-handers, Levine defeated wild card Klahn 7-5, 6-2 in the first round of the SAP Open at HP Pavilion in San Jose. Levine, a 25-year-old Canadian, also had beaten Klahn, 22, of Poway in the San Diego area, 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-3 in the first round of the Dallas Challenger. 
   Klahn won the 2010 NCAA singles title as a sophomore at Stanford but was plagued by back pain as a junior. He underwent surgery for a herniated disc in October 2011 and returned one year ago for his senior season. Since turning pro last July, he has soared from No. 661 in the world rankings to No. 223.
   Levine, the runner-up to Santiago Giraldo of Colombia in the 2009 Sacramento Challenger, is ranked No. 95. He will face fourth-seeded Tommy Haas, 34, of Germany in the second round of the SAP Open. Haas, who reached No. 2 in the world in 2002 before battling injuries, received a bye in the first round.
SAP OPEN
In San Jose
First-round singles
   Xavier Malisse (8), Belgium, def. Go Soeda, Japan, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
   Jesse Levine, Canada, def. Bradley Klahn, United States,7-5, 6-2.
First-round doubles
   Santiago Gonzalez, Mexico, and Scott Lipsky (3), United States, def. James Cerretani, United States, and Adil Shamasdin, Canada, 6-3, 6-4.
   Alejandro Falla and Robert Farah, Colombia, def. Ryan Harrison and John Isner, United States, 6-2, 6-1.
   Rik de Voest, South Africa, and Tommy Haas, Germany, def. David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco (2), Spain, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 10-6 tiebreak.
Final-round singles qualifying
   Tim Smyczek (1), United States, def. Erik Chvojka, Canada, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
   Ryan Sweeting, United States, def. Alex Bogomolov Jr. (2), Russia, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (4).
   Rik de Voest, South Africa, def. Illya Marchenko (4), Ukraine, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
   Donald Young (7), United States, def. Denis Kudla (3), United States, 6-4, 6-3.
Today's schedule
Center Court
(Beginning at 9:30 a.m.) 
   Vasek Pospisil, Canada, vs. Evgeny Donskoy, Russia.
   Blaz Kavcic, Slovenia, vs. Lleyton Hewitt, Australia.
   Benjamin Becker, Germany, vs. Ryan Harrison, United States.
   Jack Sock, United States, vs. Marinko Matosevic (7), Australia.
   Ryan Sweeting, United States, vs. Denis Istomin (6), Uzbekistan.
   (Not before 7 p.m.)
   Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan (1), United States, vs. Steve Johnson and Jack Sock, United States.
   Fernando Verdasco (5), Spain, vs. Tim Smyczek, United States.
Courtside Club 16
 (Beginning at 6 p.m.)
   Benjamin Becker, Germany, and Flavio Cipolla, Italy, vs. Matthew Ebden, Australia, and Michael Russell, United States.
   Philipp Marx, Germany, and Florin Mergea, Romania, vs. Lleyton Hewitt and Marinko Matosevic, Australia.

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