Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sanchez repeats in Vancouver doubles

Maria Sanchez, playing singles in last month's Stockton
Challenger, won the doubles crown in Vancouver with
Johanna Konta of Great Britain. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Modesto product Maria Sanchez claimed her second straight Vancouver Challenger doubles title on Saturday.
   The unseeded team of Sanchez and Johanna Konta of Great Britain beat fourth-seeded Raluca Olaru of Romania and Anna Tatishvili of the United States 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the final of the $100,000 Odlum Brown VanOpen.
   The 25-year-old Sanchez has won four doubles titles this year (two with Konta) and 14 in her career, including one on the elite WTA tour with Sharon Fichman of Canada.
   Sanchez triumphed in Vancouver last year with countrywoman Asia Muhammad.
   Konta, seeded seventh in singles, will try for a sweep today when she faces top-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium in the final. Flipkens reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2013.   
   Sanchez and Konta split $6,200. 

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