Monday, June 17, 2013

Ex-Capital King withdraws from Gold River Challenger

   Well, that didn't take long.
   Two days after the initial acceptance list for the $50,000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger was released, Vania King withdrew Sunday.
   King had topped all players on the list with a world ranking of No. 117 before improving to No. 113 this week. The 24-year-old Long Beach product played all or part of the past three seasons for the Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis. But she will return to the Springfield Lasers this season after being named the 2009 WTT Female MVP as a member of the Missouri-based team. 
   The top three entries for the Gold River Challenger, July 1-6 at the Gold River Racquet Club in the Sacramento area, are now No. 129 Julia Glushko of Israel, No. 131 Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal and No. 135 Jessica Pegula of Boca Raton, Fla.
   Glushko, 23, won three qualifying matches to advance to the main draw of the recent French Open. She then lost to 71st-ranked Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain in the first round.
   Larcher de Brito played one season for the Capitals, helping them win the last of their record six WTT titles in 2007. At 14, she was the youngest player in league history until Madison Keys surpassed her by 19 days two years later as a 14-year-old with the Philadelphia Freedoms. Keys, who also lives in Boca Raton, is now ranked a career-high 53rd.
   Pegula, whose billionaire father owns the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League, reached the final of last year's inaugural Gold River Challenger at age 18. She lost to Modesto native Maria Sanchez, who is not entered this year but could receive a wild card.

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