Sunday, July 26, 2020

Vegas falls again, eliminated from playoff contention

   The Vegas Rollers of World TeamTennis suffered their fourth consecutive loss and sixth in seven matches today, eliminating them from playoff contention.
   Vegas, featuring ex-Stanford All-Americans Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan and San Francisco native Sam Querrey, lost to the expansion Chicago Smash 22-18 at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.V., to fall to 4-8 with two matches remaining.
   Chicago, with Fresno product Sloane Stephens and University of California, Berkeley volunteer assistant coach Rajeev Ram, improved to 9-2 with its fourth consecutive win.
    The Rollers' Ajla Tomljanovic, ranked No. 56, beat Eugenie Bouchard, ranked No. 332 after reaching a career-high No. 5 in 2014, 5-3 to cut the Smash's lead to 17-16 entering the last set.
   However, Bouchard and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, formerly ranked No. 1 in doubles, dominated Monica Puig and Tomljanovic 5-2 for the victory.
   Vegas will meet the two-time defending champion Springfield (Mo.) Lasers (3-8) for the second time this season on Monday at noon PDT (Tennis Channel) at The Greenbrier. The Rollers beat the Lasers 20-18 (1-0 extended play) on July 17.
CHICAGO SMASH 22, VEGAS ROLLERS 18
   Men's doubles – Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan (LV) def. Rajeev Ram and Brandon Nakashima 5-4.
   Men's singles – Nakashima (Chi.) def. Sam Querrey 5-4.
   Mixed doubles – Ram and Sloane Stephens (Chi.) def. Mike Bryan and Monica Puig 5-2.
   Women's singles – Ajla Tomljanovic (LV) def. Eugenie Bouchard 5-3.
   Women's doubles – Eugenie Bouchard and Bethanie Mattek-Sands (Chi.) def. Puig and Tomljanovic 5-2.

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