Sunday, July 3, 2016

Bryans reach third round at Wimbledon

   Former Stanford All-Americans Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, seeded second, downed Malek Jaziri of Tunisia and Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4 today in the second round at Wimbledon.
   The 38-year-old Bryan twins, originally from Camarillo in the Los Angeles area, will face either  14th-seeded Radel Stepanek of the Czech Republic and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia or Serbians Dusan Lajovic and Viktor Troicki in the third round.
   The Bryans have won a record 16 Grand Slam men's doubles titles, including three at Wimbledon (2006, 2011 and 2013), but none since the 2014 U.S. Open.
   The 40-year-old Zimonjic has captured three major men's doubles titles (all with Daniel Nestor of Canada), including Wimbledon in 2008 and 2009. The 37-year-old Stepanek has earned two (both with Leander Paes of India) but none at Wimbledon.
   Neither Lajovic nor Troicki has won a Grand Slam title in any event.
   The Bryans played at Stanford in 1997 and 1998, leading the Cardinal to the NCAA championship both years. They won the doubles title in 1998.
   In the first round of Wimbledon women's doubles today, Johanna Konta of Great Britain and Modesto product Maria Sanchez outlasted Kristen Flipkens of Belgium and Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
   Meanwhile, Scott Lipsky, a 34-year-old ex-Stanford All-American, and Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia ousted 12th-seeded  Nestor and Chia-Jung Chuang of Taiwan 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of mixed doubles.
   Nestor, 43, has won seven Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, including Wimbledon in 2013 with Kristina Mladenovic of France.
   Seventh-seeded Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Raquel Atawo (formerly Kops-Jones) of San Jose lost to Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain 6-4, 6-4.
   In the first round of junior girls singles, Michaela Gordon of Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area defeated Chihiro Muramatsu of Japan 6-2, 6-4. Gordon, 16, has reached the quarterfinals the last two years.
   Sam Riffice, 17, of Roseville in the Sacramento area lost to Nicola Kuhn of Spain 7-6 (9), 6-3.

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