Monday, February 17, 2014

Bryans lose in Memphis final; No. 11 Cal men fall

  Bob and Mike Bryan, who tied their career high of 11 men's doubles titles last year, are still looking for their first one of 2014.
   The top seeds and former Stanford All-Americans lost to No. 2 seeds Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen 6-4, 6-4 Sunday in the final of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis.
   Butorac, a 32-year-old left-hander living in Cambridge, Mass., and Klaasen, 31, of South Africa also defeated the 35-year-old Bryan twins in the third round of last month's Australian Open.
   It was the Bryans' earliest exit from the Australian Open in 11 years and their quickest departure from a Grand Slam tournament since losing in the first round of the 2011 U.S. Open to 6-foot-11 (2.11-meter) Ivo Karlovic of Croatia and 6-5 (1.96-meter) Frank Moser of Germany.
   Butorac and Klaasen went on to reach their first Grand Slam final, losing to Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden.
   The Bryans have won a record 15 Grand Slam men's doubles titles, including three last year. They were bidding for their fourth Memphis crown (2001, 2004 and last year) and 94th overall title.
   No. 10 Texas def. No. 11 Cal 4-2, consolation bracket, ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships in Houston. No. 1 singles: No. 53 Soren Hess-Oleson (T) def. No. 62 Ben McLachlan 6-2, 6-3. Clinching match: At No. 5, Nick Naumann def. Gregory Bayane 6-5 (3), 6-4. Records: Texas 9-2, Cal 6-2. Note: The Bears led 2-0.
   No. 74 Santa Clara def. Fresno State 4-0 in Santa Clara. No. 1 singles: John Lamble def. Sai Kartik Nakireddi, unfinished. Records: Santa Clara 5-1, Fresno State 2-6. Note: The Broncos won for the first time in the series after 18 losses.
   UC Davis def. Sacramento State 6-1 in Sacramento. No. 1 singles: Kyle Miller (UCD) def. Roy Brandys 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. Clinching match: At No. 6, Adam Levie def. Ayman Abdulwahab 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Records: UC Davis 4-4, Sac State 2-4. Note: The Aggies ended a seven-match losing streak to the Hornets, earning their first win in the series since 2006.
   No. 41 Washington def. No. 35 Saint Mary's 4-3 in Seattle. No. 1 singles: Thirteenth-ranked Jenny Jullien (SM) def. Grace Ysidora 6-1, 6-3. Clinching match: At No. 3, Julija Lukac def. Danielle Flores 6-4, 6-1. Records: Washington 7-1, Saint Mary's 3-2.
   No. 56 Santa Clara def. Cal Poly 4-3 in Santa Clara. No. 1 singles: No. 28 Katie Le (SC) def. Jennifer Cornea 6-3, 6-2. Clinching match: At No. 4, Delphine Rouvillois def. Kathryn Webb 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Records: Santa Clara 2-2, Cal Poly 2-4.
   UC Davis def. UC Riverside 7-0 in Riverside. No. 1 singles: Megan Heneghan def. Jasmine Almaguer 6-3, 6-2. Clinching match: At No. 3, Melissa Kobayakawa def. Kate Bergeson 6-3, 6-0. Records: UC Davis 3-4 overall, 1-1 Big West Conference; UC Riverside 0-8, 0-2.
   Pacific def. UC Santa Barbara 6-1 in Santa Barbara. No. 1 singles: Iveta Masarova (P) def. Kaiulani Boyer 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4) [10-8]. Records: Pacific 4-2, UCSB 1-6.

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