Saturday, January 18, 2014

Bryans cruise into third round of Australian Open

   Top seeds and defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Robin Haase of the Netherlands and Christopher Kas of Germany 6-3, 6-2 on Friday (California time) in the second round of the Australian Open in Melbourne.
   The Bryans, 35-year-old identical twins and former NCAA champions from Stanford, will face Eric Butorac, a former Sacramento Capital in World TeamTennis from Rochester, Minn., and Raven Klaasen of South Africa for a berth in the quarterfinals.
   Jarkko Nieminen of Finland and Dmitry Tursunov, a Russian who trains in the Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay, lost a heartbreaker to ninth-seeded Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (4).
   In the first round of mixed doubles, second-seeded Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia and Rohan Bopanna of India dispatched Raquel Kops-Jones of Fresno and Treat Huey of the Philippines 6-2, 6-3.
   Kops-Jones, 31, won the 2003 NCAA women's doubles title with Sacramento native Christina Fusano. Huey was born in Washington, D.C., and starred at Virginia.
   In the opening round of junior girls singles, 14-year-old Michaela Gordon of Los Altos Hills in the San Francisco Bay Area lost to 18-year-old Jasmine Paolini of Italy 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.  

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