Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Townsend, 17, makes strong WTT debut in Capitals' win

   Taylor Townsend showed Monday night why she's a potential star.
   Two days after falling in the Wimbledon junior girls singles final, the 17-year-old left-hander from Boca Raton, Fla., made an impressive World TeamTennis debut for the Sacramento Capitals.
   Townsend won both of her sets as the Capitals improved to 2-0 with a 23-19 victory over the Philadelphia Freedoms at Sunrise Marketplace Outdoor Pavilion in Citrus Heights, Calif.
   She defeated Maria Sanchez, who grew up in nearby Modesto, 5-3 in women's singles and paired with Megan Moulton-Levy to edge Liezel Huber and Sanchez 5-4 in women's doubles. Huber, a 36-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen from South Africa, reached No. 1 in the world in women's doubles in 2007.
   Townsend flew from London to Florida on Sunday and from Florida to Sacramento early Monday, arriving about eight hours before Monday night's match.
    Marquee player Mardy Fish of the Capitals lost to Samuel Groth 5-3 to open the match and dropped to 0-2 in singles. Fish ended a 10-week layoff in Sunday's season opener. The 31-year-old Los Angeles-area resident has battled an irregular heartbeat for the past 15 months.
   Groth, a 25-year-old Australian, set a world record with a 163.4-mph (263.0-kph) serve at a Challenger tournament in Busan, South Korea, last year.
In Citrus Heights, Calif.
   Men's singles -- Samuel Groth (Freedoms) def. Mardy Fish, 5-3.
   Women's singles -- Taylor Townsend (Capitals) def. Maria Sanchez, 5-3.
   Mixed doubles -- Mark Knowles and Megan Moulton-Levy (Capitals) def. Liezel Huber and Jordan Kerr, 5-3.
   Women's doubles -- Moulton-Levy and Townsend (Capitals) def. Huber and Sanchez, 5-4.
   Men's doubles --  Fish and Knowles (Capitals) def. Kerr and Groth, 5-4.

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