Sunday, July 19, 2015

Gabashvili helps Austin top Dream again in WTT

   Teymuraz Gabashvili is a nightmare for the California Dream.
   For the third time in four nights, Gabashvili beat Tennys Sandgren in men's singles as the Austin Aces beat California. And for the second time in that span, Gabashvili lifted Austin in the final set.
   In a matchup of World TeamTennis rookies, Gabashvili beat Tennys Sandgren 5-2 to give the Aces a 20-18 victory over the Dream tonight in Austin, Texas.
   Gabashvili, 30, was born in the Asian country of Georgia but plays for Russia. He is ranked No. 52 and recently reached the fourth round of the French Open for the second time.
   Sandgren, a resident of Wesley Chapel, Fla., who will turn 24 on Wednesday, is ranked No. 260. The former University of Tennessee All-American has never played in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament.
   California (3-4) led 14-10 at intermission tonight, but Austin (6-0) won 5-2 in women's doubles to cut the deficit to 16-15 entering the last set.
   Austin's Nicole Gibbs, a 22-year-old former Stanford star, split her two sets.
   The good news for the Dream midway through the regular season is that it won't have to play Austin again (unless both reach the playoffs).  
   After a much-needed day off on Monday, California will play the Springfield (Mo.) Lasers (2-5) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Dream Stadium at Sunrise Mall.
In Austin, Texas
   Men's doubles -- Teymuraz Gabashvili and Jarmere Jenkins (Aces) def. Tennys Sandgren and Neal Skupski 5-4.
   Women's singles -- Jarka Gajdosova (Dream) def. Nicole Gibbs 5-3.
   Mixed doubles -- Anabel Medina Garrigues and Skupski (Dream) def. Alla Kudryavtseva and Gabashvili 5-2.
   Women's doubles -- Gibbs and Kudryavtseva (Aces) def. Gajdosova and Garrigues 5-2.
   Men's singles -- Gabashvili (Aces) def. Sandgren 5-2.

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