Saturday, July 18, 2015

Gibbs, Austin beat Dream again in WTT

   The California Dream started well, but it was downhill from there.
   The Austin Aces beat the Dream for the second consecutive night, 22-16 in a World TeamTennis match on Friday at Dream Stadium at Sunrise Mall in the Sacramento suburb of Citrus Heights.
   California won the opening set 5-2 behind Tennys Sandgren and Neal Skupski in men's doubles. But Austin took the last four sets to improve to 4-0 and hand the Dream (2-3) its first home loss in its inaugural season.
   Nicole Gibbs, a 22-year-old former Stanford star and WTT rookie, won both of her sets for Austin. She teamed with Alla Kudryavtseva for a 5-3 victory in women's doubles and clinched the match by nipping Jarka Gajdosova 5-4 (5-4) in the last set, women's singles.
   California lost to Austin 20-19 in Austin, Texas, on Thursday night.
   The Dream will return to action tonight at 7:30 against the Boston Lobsters (3-2) at Sunrise Mall.
In Citrus Heights, Calif.
   Men's doubles -- Tennys Sandgren and Neal Skupski (Dream) def. Teymuraz Gabashvili and Jarmere Jenkins 5-2.
   Women's doubles -- Nicole Gibbs and Alla Kudryavtseva (Aces) def. Jarka Gajdosova and Anabel Medina Garrigues 5-3.
   Mixed doubles -- Kudryavtseva and Gabashvili (Aces) def. Garrigues and Skupski 5-1.
   Men's singles -- Gabashvili (Aces) def. Sandgren 5-3.
   Women's singles -- Gibbs (Aces) def. Gajdosova 5-4.

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