Sunday, June 16, 2013

Bryans win eighth title of year; junior sectional finals

   At 35, Bob and Mike Bryan are having the best year of their careers.
   That's saying something for arguably the greatest men's doubles team in history.
   The top-ranked Bryans won their eighth title of the year and 90th overall today, nipping fourth-seeded Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil 4-6, 7-5, 10-3 match tiebreaker in the Aegon Championships in London.
   The Bryans, former NCAA champions from Stanford, won their fifth title at The Queen's Club and improved to 4-0 against Peya and Soares this year.
   "Like they've been doing all year, Bruno and Alex played really solid tennis, and we had to hit some great shots at the end to get the win,” Bob Bryan said on atpworldtour.com. “It'll be nice to put the racquets down for a couple days and recharge the batteries for Wimbledon.
   “Special thanks to Chris Kermode and The Queen's Club for putting on another fantastic event. And happy Father's Day to our awesome dad back home in California. He is the reason we fell in love with this game so many years ago.”
   Wayne Bryan, 66, will begin his 12th season as the coach of the Sacramento Capitals in World TeamTennis on July 7. The three-time WTT Coach of the Year (2004-06) and author of the 2004 book "Raising Your Child to be a Champion in Athletics, Arts and Academics" is scheduled to face his sons when the Capitals host the Texas Wild on July 17 at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights.
   Bob and Mike Bryan, who grew up in Camarillo in the Los Angeles area, are threatening to shatter their career high of 11 titles in one year (2007 and 2010). They will take an 18-match winning streak to Wimbledon following titles in Madrid, Rome, the French Open and London. They are 44-6 overall this year.
   For the first time in their career, the Bryans are halfway to the Grand Slam. They have won a record 14 major titles in men's doubles, including two Wimbledon crowns (2006 and 2011). This year's tournament at the All England Lawn Tennis Club is scheduled for June 24 through July 7.
NORCAL 18s JUNIOR SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Sacramento State
Finals
   Boys singles -- William Griffith (2), Fresno, def. Logan Staggs (1), Tracy, 7-5, 6-4.
   Girls singles -- Sarah Hu (1), Oakland, def. Emily Zheng (7), Fremont, 6-4, 6-4.
   Boys doubles -- David Ball, Palo Alto, and Logan Staggs (4), Tracy, def. Corey Spang, Redwood City, and Eric Spence, Los Gatos, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. 
   Girls doubles -- Isabella Heidenreich, Napa, and Sarah Hu (2), Oakland, def. Hadley Berg, Greenbrae, and Emma Critser (1), Mountain View, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5).  

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