Saturday, September 2, 2017

Bryans rout Aussies; Gibbs' doubles match halted

   Fifth-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan routed Australians Nick Kyrgios and Matt Reid 6-1, 6-1 today in the second round of the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
   The 39-year-old Bryans (Stanford, 1997-98) will meet ninth-seeded Oliver Marach of Austria and Mate Pavic of Croatia on Monday for a quarterfinal berth.
   Marach and Pavic reached the Wimbledon final in July, falling 13-11 in the fifth set to Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Marcelo Melo of Brazil. It was the first Grand Slam men's doubles final for Marach, Pavic and Kubot and second for Melo, who lost in the 2013 Wimbledon title match with Ivan Dodig of Croatia.
   The Bryans grew up in Camarillo in the Los Angeles area and now live in Florida. They are trying to end a three-year Grand Slam title drought in men's doubles. They own a record 16 major crowns, including five in the U.S. Open.
   In women's doubles, the second-round match pitting 11th-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands and Johanna Larsson of Sweden against Los Angeles-area residents Julia Boserup and Nicole Gibbs (Stanford, 2011-13) was suspended by rain at 1-1.
   The match is scheduled to resume on Sunday at about 5 p.m. EDT. More rain is forecast for the morning but should end by noon. Matches are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. 
   Gibbs' first-round singles match against Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay also was suspended overnight by rain. Gibbs won in three sets before falling to top-ranked Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in three sets in the second round.

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