Sunday, June 1, 2014

Bryans cruise into French Open doubles quarters

   The Bryan brothers aren't messing around as they defend their French Open men's doubles title.
   The top-seeded Bryans, former NCAA champions from Stanford, dispatched 15th-seeded Jamie Murray of Great Britain and John Peers of Australia 6-3, 6-1 on Saturday to reach the quarterfinals in Paris.
   The Bryans, who grew up in Camarillo in the Los Angeles area, have not lost more than three games in a set in three matches. The 36-year-old identical twins, seeking their third French Open men's doubles crown, will face 12th-seeded Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez of Spain.    
   Murray, Andy's older brother, won the 2007 SAP Open in San Jose with American Eric Butorac.
   In the second round of women's doubles, sixth-seeded Raquel Kops-Jones of Fresno and Abigail Spears of San Diego lost to Irena-Camelia Begu of Romania and Karin Knapp of Italy 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.
   Kops-Jones and Spears reached the Australian Open semifinals in January for their best Grand Slam result.
   Neither Kops-Jones, a 31-year-old doubles specialist and former NCAA champion from Cal, nor Spears, 32, has advanced past the third round of the French Open in seven and nine attempts, respectively.
   Third seeds and defending champions Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia fell to Julie Coin and Pauline Parmentier of France 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
   Coin, 31, played in the $50,000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger in the Sacramento area last July, losing in the second round of singles and the first round of doubles (with fellow Clemson alumna Keri Wong).

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