Monday, February 24, 2014

Bryans win Delray title; Stanford women blank rivals

   It was a good day for Stanford.
   Former Cardinal stars Bob and Mike Bryan won their first doubles title of the year on Sunday, and the No. 3 Stanford women crushed No. 5 Florida 7-0 on the Farm. The No. 39 Cardinal men were idle.
   The top-ranked Bryan twins outclassed unseeded Frantisek Cermak of the Czech Republic and Mikhail Elgin of Russia 6-2, 6-3 to win their third Delray Beach (Fla.) crown.
   Jack Nicklaus watched the Bryans win their 94th career title.
   "We never thought we'd get this high," Mike Bryan told reporters.
   The Bryans never lost more than three games in a set in four matches, including one walkover, in Delray Beach.
   "We're very happy to kick-start the year here in Delray," Bob Bryan said. "We're starting to hit our stride."
   Meanwhile, sophomore Krista Hardebeck clinched the victory for defending NCAA champion Stanford (7-0) over Florida (8-2) with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over 29th-ranked Alexandra Cercone at No. 2 singles. Either the Cardinal or the Gators have won the last four NCAA titles.
   Hardebeck also beat Cercone at No. 3 singles last May to give Stanford a 4-3 win over two-time defending national champion Florida in the NCAA semifinals.
   At No. 1 singles on Sunday, fifth-ranked Kristie Ahn topped No. 11 Olivia Janowicz 6-2, 7-5.
   No. 74 Santa Clara def. No. 69 New Mexico 4-1 in Santa Clara. No. 1 singles: John Lamble (SC) vs. No. 89 Samir Iftikhar, unfinished. Clinching match: At No. 3, Ahot Khacharyan def. Rodolfo Jauregui 6-2, 6-7 (tiebreaker score unavailable), 6-2. Records: Santa Clara 7-1, New Mexico 6-4. Note: Khacharyan is from Sochi, Russia.
   Pacific def. Sacramento State 7-0 in Stockton. No. 1 singles: Sem Verbeek def. Marek Marksoo 7-5, 6-2 (clinching match). Records: Pacific 3-5, Sac State 2-6.
   USF def. Lamar 6-1 in Fort Worth, Texas. No. 1 singles: Bernardo Saraiva (USF) def. Michael Feucht 4-6, 6-3 [10-3]. Clinching match: At No. 6, Timothy Tan def. Trey Crysel 6-4, 6-2.
   UC Davis def. Sacramento State 4-3 in Davis. No. 1 singles: Megan Heneghan (UCD) def. Jennifer Nguyen 6-2, 6-1. Clinching match: At No. 4, Melissa Kobayakawa def. Katharina Knoebl 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. Records: UC Davis 4-5, Sac State 1-5.

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