Friday, July 24, 2015

Bryans lift Dream to dramatic win in WTT

   This was a tall order, even for the Bryan brothers.
   The California Dream trailed the San Diego Aviators by three games entering the final set, men's doubles, in a World TeamTennis match on Thursday night.
   But Bob and Mike Bryan, making their debut for California, pounded Raven Klaasen and Taylor Fritz, a top 17-year-old prospect playing for his hometown team, 5-1 to give the Dream a dramatic 20-19 victory at Sunrise Mall in the Sacramento suburb of Citrus Heights.
   Mike Bryan, who has teamed with Bob for a record 16 Grand Slam men's doubles titles, also won 5-3 in mixed doubles with Anabel Medina Garrigues.
   The match was televised live on Tennis Channel and ESPN3.
   Second-place California (6-4) pulled within 2 1/2 matches of the Austin Aces (8-1) in the Western Conference with its third straight win and fourth in its last five contests.
   More importantly, the Dream extended its lead over San Diego (3-6) to 2 1/2 matches for the last playoff spot in the conference. California has four matches left in the regular season.
   The Bryans will play two more matches for the Dream, on Saturday night at Boston (4-6) and on Sunday night at Philadelphia (4-6). California is off today to travel.
In Citrus Heights, Calif. 
   Men's singles -- Taylor Fritz (Aviators) def. Tennys Sandgren 5-4.
   Women's singles -- Chani Scheepers (Aviators) def. Jarka Gajdosova 5-3.
   Mixed doubles -- Mike Bryan and Anabel Medina Garrigues (Dream) def. Raven Klaasen and Daruja Jurak 5-3.
   Women's doubles -- Jurak and Scheepers (Aviators) def. Gajdosova and Garrigues 5-3.
   Men's doubles -- Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan (Dream) def. Klaasen and Fritz 5-1.

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