Monday, June 3, 2013

One Capital wins, another loses in French Open

   Sacramento Capitals players had mixed results today in the French Open.
   Eleventh-seeded Taylor Townsend of Stockbridge, Ga., defeated Jana Fett of Croatia 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of girls singles in Paris. But Megan Moulton-Levy and fellow American Lauren Davis lost to seventh-seeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States and Sania Mirza of India 1-6, 6-3, 6-0 in the second round of women's doubles.
   Townsend, 17, and Moulton-Levy, 28, are scheduled to make their World TeamTennis debuts for the Capitals on July 7 against the Texas Wild at Capitals Stadium at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, Calif.
   Townsend will play singles and team with Moulton-Levy in doubles for Sacramento this season. Moulton-Levy also will pair with Mark Knowles, 41, in mixed doubles. It will be Knowles' 12th WTT season, all with the Capitals.
   In 2012, Townsend became the first American in 30 years to hold the year-end No. 1 world ranking among junior girls. She will face unseeded Victoria Rodriguez of Mexico on Tuesday in the third round. Rodriguez advanced with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Alice Bacquie of France.
   Also Tuesday, top-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan will meet unseeded Christopher Kas of Germany and Oliver Marach of Austria in the third round of men's doubles. The Bryan twins, 35, won the 1998 NCAA doubles title as Stanford sophomores and then turned pro.
   Mirza and Mattek-Sands each won Grand Slam mixed doubles titles last year. Mirza captured the French Open championship with countryman Mahesh Bhupathi, and Mattek-Sands took the Australian Open crown with Horia Tecau of Romania.
   Mirza also won the 2009 Australian Open mixed doubles title with Bhupathi to become the first Indian female Grand Slam champion. 

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