Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bryans save match point in win; Cal star ousted

   Bob and Mike Bryan, the top seeds and three-time champions, saved a match point in a 7-6 (3), 1-6 (14-12 match tiebreaker) victory over Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands today in the round-robin phase of the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
   The Bryans, 35-year-old identical twins originally from Camarillo in the Los Angeles area, converted their fourth match point. The 1998 NCAA doubles champions from Stanford will meet the Polish pair of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in Group A on Saturday for a berth in the semifinals.
   Already clinching semifinal spots are Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil in Group A and the Spanish team of David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco in Group B.
   Cal's Susanyi upset -- Maho Kowase of Georgia shocked fifth-seeded Zsofi Susanyi of Cal 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 in the first round of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
   Susanyi, a junior from Hungary, led 5-2 in the second set.
   Meanwhile, Jenny Jullien of Saint Mary's advanced with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Lorraine Guillermo of Pepperdine.
   On the men's side, Campbell Johnson of Cal defeated Max Schnur of Columbia 6-1, 7-6 (2).
   In doubles, Cal's Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton lost to fourth-seeded Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski of Illinois 8-5. Third-seeded Marcos Giron and Mackenzie McDonald of UCLA fell to Simon Felix and Deni Zmak of Embry-Riddle 8-7 (5). McDonald, a freshman, lives in Piedmont (near Oakland).

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