Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Bryans advance in eight minutes in French Open

   Bob and Mike Bryan needed only eight minutes today to reach the men's doubles quarterfinals of the French Open.
   No, the top-ranked identical twins didn't complete the match that quickly. The 35-year-old Bryans are arguably the greatest men's doubles team in history, but they're not superhuman.
   The former Stanford All-Americans, originally from Camarillo in the Los Angeles area, led unseeded Christopher Kas of Germany and Oliver Marach of Austria 1-0, 15-0 when the right-handed Marach retired with a right shoulder injury.
   The Bryans, who have won a record 13 Grand Slam men's doubles titles but only one French Open 10 years ago, will meet eighth-seeded Spaniards David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday.
   Meanwhile, 11th-seeded Taylor Townsend of Stockbridge, Ga., dispatched Victoria Rodriguez of Mexico 6-2, 6-3 in the third round of girls singles.
   The 17-year-old Townsend, who will make her World TeamTennis debut for the Sacramento Capitals on July 7, will face second-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on Thursday in the quarterfinals. Bencic, 16, advanced with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 victory over Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil.
   Townsend is ranked No. 333 in the world in women's singles and Bencic No. 366.
   In Townsend's WTA main-draw debut in March, she stunned then-No. 57 Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic in the first round at Indian Wells before losing to 2008 champion and former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic.
   Bencic qualified for a $50,000 clay-court tournament in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., in late April and reached the semifinals.

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