Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Vandeweghe, 2012 runner-up, ousted at Stanford

   STANFORD, Calif. -- Fifth-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania defeated qualifier and 2012 runner-up CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-3 today to reach the quarterfinals of the Bank of the West Classic.
   Vandeweghe advanced to last year's final, in which she held a set point in a 7-5, 6-3 loss to Serena Williams, despite losing in the last round of qualifying. Vandeweghe had advanced to the main draw because of a withdrawal. Williams did not return this year.
   Cirstea -- who trains in Las Vegas with her idol, Steffi Graf -- will meet unseeded Olga Govortsova of Belarus on Friday in a bid for her second straight berth in the Bank of the West semifinals. Govortsova shocked second-seeded Samantha Stosur, the 2011 U.S. Open champion, 6-2, 6-4 Tuesday night in the second round.
    Also advancing to the quarterfinals was sixth-seeded Varvara Lepchenko, an American citizen from Uzbekistan who beat Tamira Paszek of Austria 6-4, 6-4. Lepchecko, a 27-year-old left-hander, lost her serve at 5-3 in the second set and squandered three match points while serving at 5-4 before finally putting away Paszek.
   Lepchenko is playing in the main draw of the Bank of the West Classic for the first year. She lost in the second round of qualifying in 2005.
   The fifth-ranked American at No. 40 in the world, Lepchenko will play top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland. Radwanska defeated Francesca Schiavone, a 33-year-old Italian who won the 2010 French Open, 6-4, 6-3 in tonight's featured match.
   The Bank of the West Classic, in its 43rd year, is the longest-running women's professional tennis tournament in the world.
In Stanford, Calif.
Second-round singles
   Varvara Lepchenko (6), United States, def. Tamira Paszek, Austria, 6-4, 6-4.
   Sorana Cirstea (5), Romania, vs. CoCo Vandeweghe, United States, 6-3, 6-3.
   Agnieszka Radwanska (1), Poland, def. Francesca Schiavone, Italy, 6-4, 6-3.
First-round doubles
   Julia Goerges, Germany, and Darija Jurak (2), Croatia, def. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia, and Monica Niculescu, Romania, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8).
   Olga Govortsova, Belarus, and Alla Kudryavtseva, Russia, def. Miki Miyamura, Japan, and Olga Puchkova, Russia, 6-3, 6-1.
   Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears, United States, def. Christina McHale, United States, and Tamira Paszek, Austria, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8).
   Daniela Hantuchova, Slovakia, and Lisa Raymond (3), United States, def. Mallory Burdette, United States, and Sorana Cirstea, Romania, 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8).
Thursday's schedule
(Starting at noon)
   Stefanie Voegele, Switzerland, vs. Dominika Cibulkova (3), Slovakia.
   Jamie Hampton (4), United States, vs. Nicole Gibbs, United States.
   Urszula Radwanska (7), Poland, vs. Daniela Hantuchova, Slovakia.
(Not before 7 p.m.)
   Vera Dushevina, Russia, vs. Madison Keys, United States.
   Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears (1), United States, vs. Jacqueline Cako and Natalia Pluskota, United States.
Court 6
(Not before 4:30 p.m.; possible court change)
   Natalie Grandin, South Africa, and Alicja Rosolska, Poland, vs. Julia Goerges, Germany, and Darija Jurak (2), Croatia.

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