Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Bryans stunned in first round of U.S. Open

   For the first time in 10 years, Bob and Mike Bryan lost in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament.
   The top seeds and defending champions fell to 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic of Croatia and Frank Moser of Germany 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 Wednesday at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
   The Bryan twins, the 1998 NCAA men's doubles champions as Stanford sophomores, had won the Australian Open and Wimbledon and reached the semifinals of the French Open this year. They hadn't lost in the opening round of a Grand Slam since the 2001 Australian Open.
   Meanwhile, neither Karlovic nor Moser had reached the second round of a Grand Slam in men's doubles.
   Also falling in the first round of men's doubles were 16th-seeded Scott Lipsky of Huntington Beach and Rajeev Ram of Carmel, Ind., and Folsom resident Dmitry Tursunov and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.
   Lipsky, another former Stanford All-American, and Ram, the singles runner-up in the 2006 Sacramento Challenger, lost to Germans Michael Kohlmann and Alexander Waske 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5). Lipsky, who grew up in Merrick, N.Y., near the site of the tournament, fell to 0-5 in U.S. Open men's doubles.
   Dimitrov and Tursunov lost to eighth-seeded Eric Butorac of Rochester, Minn., and Jean-Julien Rojer of Netherlands Antilles 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-0. Butorac played for the Sacramento Capitals in 2008. 
   Third-seeded Vania King, a current member of the Capitals who grew up in Long Beach, and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan opened the defense of their women's doubles title with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Czechs Petra Cetkovska and Renata Voracova.    
   Raquel Kops-Jones, the 2003 NCAA women's doubles champion from Cal, and Abigail Spears of Valley Center (north of San Diego) fell to fourth-seeded Liezel Huber of Houston and Lisa Raymond of Wayne, Pa., 6-2, 6-2.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Niland's dream match ends quickly

   Even though he lost, Conor Niland fulfilled a dream Tuesday.
   After toiling in tennis' minor leagues for years, the former Cal All-American faced world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open.
   Trailing 6-0, 5-1 in the biggest tennis stadium in the world with a capacity of 22,547, Niland retired with food poisoning after 44 minutes in the first round at Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
   “To get to play Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 player in the world, is amazing,” the 29-year-old Irishman, who won three qualifying matches to enter the main draw, was quoted as saying on the ATP World Tour Web site before the match. “It was always my goal to get to these type of situations.
   "Being an Irish player, we did not have that many guys on tour, and it was always kind of exciting to think that maybe I could be the guy to get here. It took me a long time to do it. Had it not been for the support of my family, I am not sure if I would have continued. They always told me to back myself and keep believing.”
   Niland, who beat Roger Federer when they were 13 and was named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year in 2006, is ranked No. 197 in the world in singles after reaching a career-high of No. 129 last December. He has singles records of 117-72 on the ITF Futures circuit, 68-77 on the ATP Challenger Tour, 9-10 on the ATP World Tour and 0-2 in Grand Slam tournaments.
   “Six months is a long time on the tennis tour,” said Niland, who also lost in the first round at Wimbledon in June as a qualifier. “And you can always turn your career around in that period of time. You can go from losing matches in Futures to winning a few in Challengers to qualifying for ATP 250s. And then you are in qualies of a Slam with the chance to play against great players.
   "Nobody knows this better than me. For all those guys playing Challengers this week, keep believing and keep trying for the biggest stages in tennis.”
  Also in men's singles at the U.S. Open, Folsom resident Dmitry Tursunov lost to Steve Darcis of Belgium for the second consecutive week. Tursunov fell 6-7 (4), 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, 7-6 (0) after succumbing 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the second round at Winston-Salem, N.C.
   In women's singles, Vania King of the Sacramento Capitals in World TeamTennis dispatched Greta Arn of Hungary 6-1, 6-4. King, who had won only one singles match in five tournaments since the French Open, will meet 29th-seeded Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia in the second round.
   King's teammate on the Capitals, Mark Knowles of the Bahamas, ended a four-match losing streak in doubles. Knowles and Belgium's Xavier Malisse, seeded 15th, defeated wild cards Jack Sock and Jack Withrow, both from Nebraska, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1.
   Knowles, who will turn 40 Sunday, and Malisse, a comparative youngster at 31, won the Los Angeles title last month in their first tournament together. Sock and Withrow captured the boys 18 doubles title in the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., this month to earn an automatic berth in the U.S. Open.
   Another American wild-card team, Stanford senior Bradley Klahn and former Cardinal All-American David Martin, lost to seventh-seeded Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Horia Tecau of Romania 6-4, 6-4. Lindstedt and Tecau have lost in the Wimbledon final for the past two years.
   New rankings -- Following are this week's world rankings of players with Northern California ties (change from last week in parentheses):  
Men
   Bob Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 1 in doubles (no change), no singles ranking.
   Mike Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 1 in doubles (no change), no singles ranking.
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 28 in doubles (no change), no singles ranking.
   Mark Knowles, Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis (2001-07, 2009-11) -- No. 40 in doubles (-2), no singles ranking.
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 43 in singles (+1), No. 96 in doubles (-2).
   David Martin, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 105 in doubles (-2), No. 701 in singles (no change).
   John Paul Fruttero, Cal All-American in 2001 and 2002 -- No. 152 in doubles (+2), 1,234 in singles (-5).
   Conor Niland, 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year and two-time All-American at Cal -- No. 197 in singles (+2), no doubles ranking. 
   Jimmy Wang, Folsom resident -- No. 390 in singles (-7), No. 682 in doubles (-5).
   Dusan Vemic, Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis (2010-11) -- No. 503 in doubles (-5), No. 1,508 in singles (-4).
   Kiryl Harbatsiuk, three-time Big Sky Conference MVP (2009-11) at Sacramento State -- No. 767 in singles (-20), No. 1,225 in doubles (-2).
Women
   Vania King, Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis (2010-11) -- No. 7 in doubles (no change), No. 103 in singles (+2).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 53 in doubles (-2), no singles ranking.
   Christina Fusano, Sacramento native, Plymouth resident, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 174 in doubles (no change), no singles ranking.
   Yasmin Schnack, Elk Grove resident, Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis (2011) -- No. 220 in doubles (-1), No. 380 in singles (-2).

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fusano earns U.S. Open mixed doubles berth

   Christina Fusano is on her way to the U.S. Open.
   The Sacramento native teamed with David Martin of Tulsa, Okla., to beat Yasmin Schnack of Elk Grove and Eric Roberson of Sacramento 2-6, 6-1, 10-5 tiebreak Saturday in the U.S. Open National Playoffs mixed doubles final at New Haven, Conn.
   The victory gave Fusano and Martin a wild card into the mixed doubles main draw of the U.S. Open. The year's final Grand Slam tournament is scheduled to begin Monday, with mixed doubles starting Wednesday.
   Fusano and Martin, who emerged from a field of almost 200 teams in the inaugural U.S. Open National Playoffs in mixed doubles, have several similarities.
   Both are 30. Both are former All-Americans at Bay Area colleges, Fusano at Cal and Martin at Stanford. Both have starred in doubles on the USTA Pro Circuit, Martin winning 20 titles and Fusano 11.
   And both reached their career-high world rankings in doubles in 2008, Martin at No. 38 and Fusano at No. 84. Currently, Martin is No. 103 and Fusano No. 174.
   However, Fusano is right-handed and Martin left-handed, which only adds to their effectiveness as a doubles team.
   Martin has competed in men's doubles in all Grand Slam tournaments, reaching the round of 16 at Wimbledon in 2007 as a qualifier with former Stanford teammate Scott Lipsky, but never in mixed doubles. Fusano has played women's doubles in two Grand Slam tournaments, losing in the first round of the U.S. Open in 2003 and 2008.
   Fusano and Schnack, meanwhile, are part-time doubles partners on the USTA Pro Circuit. They won the $25,000 USTA Challenger of Redding last September in Schnack's professional debut.
     

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sacramento-area residents eye U.S. Open berth

   Today's mixed doubles final in the U.S. Open National Playoffs will have a strong Sacramento-area flavor.
   Top-seeded Christina Fusano, a Sacramento native who lives in nearby Plymouth, and David Martin, a former Stanford All-American from Tulsa, Okla., will play unseeded Yasmin Schnack of Elk Grove and Eric Roberson of Sacramento in New Haven, Conn., for a berth in the mixed doubles main draw of the U.S. Open.
   Fusano and Martin demolished Brook Connelly of Yukon, Okla., and Dave Mullins of Norman, Okla., 6-1, 6-1 in Friday's semifinals, and Schnack and Roberson eliminated Amanda Rodgers of Bradenton, Fla., and Ellis Ferreira of South Africa 6-2, 7-6 (3).
   Fusano, a 30-year-old veteran and former NCAA doubles champion from Cal, and Schnack, a 23-year-old ex-UCLA star, are part-time doubles partners on the USTA Pro Circuit. They won the title in the $25,000 USTA Challenger of Redding last September.
    U.S. Open singles qualifying -- Stanford senior Bradley Klahn, last year's NCAA men's singles champion, lost to Canadian veteran Frank Dancevic 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the final round of qualifying at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
   ATP World Tour doubles -- Former Stanford All-American Scott Lipsky of Huntington Beach and Colin Fleming of Great Britain lost to Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram of Israel 6-4, 6-4 in the doubles semifinals of the $553,125 Winston-Salem (N.C.) Open.
   Lipsky and Martin reached the NCAA doubles final in 2002, losing to Andrew Colombo and Mark Kovacs of Auburn. Erlich and Ram won the 2008 Australian Open for their only career Grand Slam men's doubles title.  


Friday, August 26, 2011

Tursunov to meet familiar face in U.S. Open

   Dmitry Tursunov won't have to wait long for a chance at revenge.
   The Folsom resident, ranked 44th in the world, drew Belgium's Steve Darcis, ranked No. 102, on Thursday in the U.S. Open. Tursunov lost to Darcis 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 Tuesday in the second round of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Open to even their career head-to-head record at 1-1.
   The winner of the Tursunov-Darcis match in the U.S. Open, which begins Monday in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., could play 24th-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina in the second round. Tursunov is 0-2 lifetime against Chela.
   Tursunov has lost in the first round of the last two U.S. Opens. That he even played in them was a considerable achievement, considering that he underwent three operations on his left ankle or foot between April 2009 and February 2010.
   In fact, when Tursunov reached the second round at Wimbledon in June, he ended a streak of nine consecutive first-round singles losses in Grand Slam tournaments dating to the 2009 Australian Open. He had been on a string of three straight third-round showings.
  Tursunov, 28, will be playing in his ninth consecutive U.S. Open since debuting in 2003. His best results are third-round appearances in 2003, 2006 and 2008.
   Meanwhile, Vania King of the Sacramento Capitals will face Greta Arn of Hungary in the U.S. Open. The 5-foot-5 King, ranked No. 105 in singles, and the 5-11 Arn, ranked No. 62, have never met.
   The winner could play 29th-seeded Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia in the second round, and top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki looms in the third round. King is 0-1 against Gajdosova and 0-2 vs. Wozniacki.
   King, 22, will be playing in her seventh consecutive U.S. Open since debuting in 2005. Her best showing in singles was the third round in 2009. She will defend her doubles title with Yaroslava Shvedova.
   U.S. Open qualifying -- Stanford senior Bradley Klahn, last year's NCAA singles champion, defeated 14th-seeded Matthew Ebden of Australia 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in the second round of qualifying at the U.S. Open.
   Klahn will meet unseeded Canadian veteran Frank Dancevic, ranked No. 183 after reaching a career-high No. 65 in 2007, today for a berth in the main draw.
   U.S. Open mixed doubles playoffs -- Sacramento-area players Christina Fusano, seeded first with former Stanford All-American David Martin of Tulsa, Okla., and Yasmin Schnack, unseeded with Sacramento's Eric Roberson, advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Open National Playoffs in mixed doubles at New Haven, Conn.
   Fusano and Martin coasted to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Marie-Eve Pelletier of Canada and Aleksander Vlaski of Serbia, while Schnack and Roberson eked out a 6-4, 6-7 (6), 12-10 tiebreak win over Imke Reimers of Minneapolis and Erik Donley of Duluth, Minn.
   The winner of the tournament will earn a wild card in the mixed doubles main draw of the U.S. Open.
 
    
  

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Knowles suffers fourth straight loss

   Sacramento Capitals veteran Mark Knowles suffered his fourth consecutive doubles loss on the ATP World Tour on Wednesday.
   The third-seeded team of Knowles and Mahesh Bhupathi fell to Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram of Israel 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the $553,125 Winston-Salem (N.C.) Open.
   All four players have won Grand Slam men's doubles titles. Bhupathi has captured four, Knowles three, and Erlich and Ram one each.
   Knowles, who turns 40 on Sept. 4 and has three young children, has dropped to No. 38 in the world doubles rankings after being no lower than 11th from January 2002 through last August. He was No. 1 for parts of 2002, 2003 and 2005.
   In the doubles quarterfinals, former Stanford All-American Scott Lipsky of Huntington Beach and Colin Fleming of Great Britain beat Treat Conrad Huey, a Washington, D.C., native who plays for the Philippines, and Cory Parr of Jericho, N.Y., 7-6 (5), 6-4. Parr played on the courts where he starred at Wake Forest from 2005 through 2009.
   Two years ago, Huey reached the singles quarterfinals of the Sacramento Challenger as a qualifier and won the doubles title at the Tiburon Challenger with Harsh Mankad of India.
   U.S. Open qualifying -- Nicole Gibbs, a Stanford sophomore from Santa Monica, lost to Melinda Czink of Hungary 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0 in the first round of qualifying at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Gibbs advanced to the NCAA singles semifinals in May on her home courts.
  
   

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tursunov ousted in Winston-Salem

   Eleventh-seeded Dmitry Tursunov of Folsom lost to Steve Darcis of Belgium 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 Tuesday in the second round of the $553,125 Winston-Salem (N.C.) Open.
   In their only previous meeting, Tursunov beat Darcis 6-3, 6-4 on carpet in the final of a Challenger tournament in Kolding, Denmark, in 2005.
   Tursunov, who received a first-round bye in Winston-Salem, has won only two matches in four tournaments since capturing his seventh career ATP World Tour singles title, at s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, in June.
   U.S. Open qualifying -- In a matchup of American wild cards, Bradley Klahn defeated Tennys Sandgren 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of qualifying at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
   Klahn won the NCAA singles title last year as a sophomore at Stanford, and Sandgren reached the NCAA singles semifinals this year as a sophomore at Tennessee. Sandgren won back-to-back singles crowns on the Futures circuit this summer.

Kendrick suspension reduced, new rankings, etc.

   The Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced Robert Kendrick's one-year doping suspension to eight months Monday in Lausanne, Switzerland.
   The 31-year-old Fresno native is eligible to return Jan. 22, 2012, one week after the Australian Open begins. The full decision, with reasons, will come "in due course," the International Tennis Federation said in a news release.
    Kendrick must forfeit his 15,000 euros ($21,571) in prize money and 10 ATP ranking points from his first-round loss in the French Open. However, he may keep his 3,905 euros from a grass-court tournament in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, in June.
   Kendrick tested positive for methylhexaneamine at the French Open on May 22. He appealed the ban by the ITF, saying he took a capsule to fight jet lag and had no intent to enhance his performance.
   The ITF accepted Kendrick's explanation but noted that he did not apply for a therapeutic-use exemption and that players are reponsible for anything they ingest.
   Ranked a career-high No. 69 in 2009, Kendrick has dropped to No. 120. He reached the singles final of the Sacramento Challenger in 2008 and 2010 and won the doubles title there with Brian Wilson in 2007.
   Seeing stars -- John McEnroe, Tracy Austin and Bob and Mike Bryan headline the field for the seventh annual Esurance Tennis Classic, Sept. 23-25 at the The Club at Harbor Point in Mill Valley. McEnroe and Austin will appear on Sept. 25 only.
   Proceeds benefit the To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation and the Youth Tennis Advantage.
   For more information, call (415) 383-6114 or visit http://www.tennisclassic.org/.
   Lipsky wins --  Unseeded Colin Fleming of Great Britain and Scott Lipsky, a former Stanford star living in Huntington Beach, stunned second-seeded Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland, 3-6, 7-6 (1), 10-4 tiebreak in the first round of doubles at the $625,000 Winston-Salem (N.C.) Open.  
   New rankings -- Following are this week's world rankings of players with Northern California ties (change from last week in parentheses):  
Men
   Bob Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 1 in doubles, no singles ranking.
   Mike Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 1 in doubles, no singles ranking.
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 28 in doubles (+1), no singles ranking.
   Mark Knowles, Capitals -- No. 38 in doubles (-7), no singles ranking.
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 44 in singles (no change), No. 94 in doubles (no change).
   David Martin, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 103 in doubles (-1), No. 701 in singles (-3).
   John Paul Fruttero, ex-Cal star -- No. 154 in doubles (+11), 1,229 in singles (-7).
   Jimmy Wang, Folsom resident -- No. 383 in singles (no change), No. 677 in doubles (-5).
   Dusan Vemic, Capitals -- No. 498 in doubles (-2), No. 1,504 in singles (-8).
   Kiryl Harbatsiuk, former Sacramento State star -- No. 747 in singles (-37), No. 1,223 in doubles (-196).
Women
   Vania King, Capitals -- No. 7 in doubles (no change), No. 105 in singles (-16).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 51 in doubles (+1), no singles ranking.
   Christina Fusano, Sacramento native, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal, Plymouth resident -- No. 174 in doubles (+1), no singles ranking.
   Yasmin Schnack, Elk Grove resident -- No. 219 in doubles (+2), No. 378 in singles (+3).
   NorCal Hall adds four -- Larry Stefanki, Meredith McGrath, Larry Huebner and Carolyn Nichols were inducted into the Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame last month.
   Stefanki earned All-America status at Cal and reached No. 35 in the world in singles before coaching Marcelo Rios and Yevgeny Kafelnikov to No. 1 in the world. Stefanki currently coaches former world No. 1 Andy Roddick.
   McGrath won the 1990 NCAA women's doubles title with Stanford teammate Teri Whitlinger, attained career highs of No. 5 in the world in doubles and No. 18 in singles, and won the 1995 U.S. Open mixed doubles title with former Cal All-American Matt Lucena.
   Huebner was known was "Mr. Tennis" in his hometown of Fresno, and Nichols represents the United States around the world as a top senior player.
   Super Seniors to represent U.S. -- The USTA selected five Northern Californians to represent the United States in the ITF Super Senior International Team Championships, Oct. 10-15 in Antalya, Turkey.
   Picked for the team were Martha Downing of Shingle Springs, Dori deVries of Reno, Tony Dawson of Carmel, Charlie Hoeveler of Ross and Ken Robinson of San Carlos.
   The ITF Super Senior World Individual Championships are scheduled for Oct. 16-23 in Antalya.
   Donations sought -- The Fair Oaks Racquet Club, which will celebrate 50 years of tennis at Miller Park in 2012, seeks tax-deductible donations for improvements. Checks made out to the Fair Oaks Recreation Foundation can be mailed to the Fair Oaks Racquet Club, P.O. Box 672, Fair Oaks, CA, 95628.
   The club plans a fundraiser at Chevy’s in Gold River from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday, a booth at the Fair Oaks Chicken Festival on Sept. 17 and a tournament on Oct. 15. Businesses are asked to donate prizes for the tournament.
   For more information, visit http://www.forctennis.com/.



Sunday, August 21, 2011

King, Shvedova take Cincinnati doubles title

   Vania King of the Sacramento Capitals and Yaroslava Shvedova picked a good time to win their first women's doubles title of the year.
   In their last tournament before defending their U.S. Open crown, the third seeds edged unseeded Natalie Grandin and Vladimira Uhlirova 6-4, 3-6, 11-9 tiebreak Sunday in the $2.05 million Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
   Grandin, a South African who played as an early-season substitute for the Capitals in their World TeamTennis championship season of 2007, and Uhlirova, a Czech, came within two points of winning while leading 8-7 in the match tiebreaker.  
   King, a Long Beach product living in Boynton Beach, Fla., won her 13th WTA doubles title and Kazakhstan's Shvedova her fifth. They captured their third career title together, but first outside of a Grand Slam, since pairing up in June 2010. King and Shvedova took the Wimbledon crown last year in their third tournament together.
   Grandin and Uhlirova fell to 0-5 in WTA doubles finals. Still, they knocked off top-seeded Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, fourth-seeded Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova and seventh-seeded Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka en route to the final.
   Peschke and Srebotnik are the reigning Wimbledon champions and world No. 1s, and Hlavackova Hradecka are the current French Open champs.
   The U.S. Open is scheduled for Aug. 29 through Sept. 11.
   Schnack falls short -- Second-seeded Yasmin Schnack of Elk Grove lost to unseeded Robin Anderson of Matawan, N.J., 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 in the final of the U.S. Open National Playoffs in New Haven, Conn.
   Anderson, an incoming UCLA freshman, advanced to the U.S. Open qualifying tournament, Tuesday through Friday in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
   Schnack, who graduated from UCLA last year, will turn her attention to mixed doubles with Sacramento's Eric Roberson in the U.S. Open National Playoffs beginning Wednesday in New Haven. Also entered are the team of Christina Fusano, a Sacramento native and ex-Cal star living in nearby Plymouth, and  David Martin, a former Stanford All-American. The winners of the 16-team event earn a berth in the main draw of mixed doubles at the U.S. Open.
   Stryhas, Meliuk earn titles -- In an all-Rio del Oro Racquet Club final, top-seeded Anton Stryhas routed second-seeded Aliaksandr Malko 6-2, 6-1 to win the men's open singles title in the Spare Time Adult Tennis Championships at the Gold River Racquet Club.
   Maryia Meliuk emerged from round-robin play to win the women's open singles crown.
   Second-seeded Jordan Boyls and Kevin Vieria and top-seeded Gergana Avramova-Hunt and Joyce Martinez won the men's and women's open doubles titles, respectively.   
  
 
  

Schnack seeks U.S. Open qualifying berth

   Second-seeded Yasmin Schnack of Elk Grove edged unseeded veteran Mashona Washington of Houston 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 Saturday in the semifinals of the U.S. Open National Playoffs  at New Haven, Conn.
   Schnack, who graduated from UCLA last year, will play incoming UCLA freshman Robin Anderson of Matawan, N.J., today for a berth in the U.S. Open qualifying tournament, Tuesday though Friday in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
   In the men's final, top-seeded Blake Strode of St. Louis will meet unseeded Nathan Healey of Wyomissing, Pa. Strode, who has deferred his acceptance to Harvard Law School to play professional tennis, reached the final of the Chico Futures tournament in June.
   Healey advanced with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory over second-seeded David Martin, a former Stanford All-American living in Key Biscayne, Fla.
   ATP World Tour -- Top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan, the 1998 NCAA doubles champions from Stanford, fell to third-seeded Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes of India 1-6, 7-6 (2), 10-7 in the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
  

Saturday, August 20, 2011

King reaches Cincinnati doubles final

   A current Sacramento Capital will play a former one Sunday in the women's doubles final of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
   Third-seeded Vania King, a Long Beach product who completed her second season with the Capitals last month, and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan will face unseeded Natalie Grandin, a South African who played as an early-season substitute for the Capitals in 2007, and Vladimira Uhlirova of the Czech Republic for the title.
   King and Shvedova, preparing for their U.S. Open title defense, dispatched unseeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia and Jie Zheng of China 6-1, 6-3 in Friday's semifinals. Grandin and Uhlirova, meanwhile, upset No. 1 seeds and reigning Wimbledon champions Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia 6-1, 6-4.
   The Cincinnati final will be a rematch of the teams' second-round encounter at Indian Wells in March. King and Shvedova prevailed 6-7 (4), 6-3, 10-7 tiebreak.
   King is playing in her first doubles event since she and Shvedova fell  in the second round at Wimbledon as the defending champions. They reached the French Open semifinals in June.
   Grandin and Uhlirova, Australian Open quarterfinalists in January, lost in the first round at Stanford last month to Shuko Aoyama and Rika Fujiwara of Japan. King and Shvedova did not play in the tournament.
   In men's doubles at Cincinnati, No. 1 seeds and former Stanford All-Americans Bob and Mike Bryan beat seventh-seeded Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) in the quarterfinals.
   The Bryan twins seek their second consecutive Cincinnati title, third in four years and fourth overall.
    
  

Friday, August 19, 2011

King nets impressive doubles win

   Vania King of the Sacramento Capitals and Yaroslava Shvedova posted an encouraging victory Thursday night as they prepare to defend their U.S. Open women's doubles title.
   The third-seeded pair eliminated fifth-seeded American veterans Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the $2.05 million Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
   Huber, who will turn 35 Sunday, has won four Grand Slam women's doubles titles, and Raymond, who turned 38 last week, has captured five. They were coming off the title in Toronto last week.
   King and Shvedova will face unseeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia and Jie Zheng of China in today's semifinals. Makarova and Zheng stunned second-seeded Gisela Dulko of Argentina and Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-4, 5-7, 10-7 tiebreak.
   Also defending their doubles title in the U.S. Open, Aug. 29 through Sept. 11 in Flushing Meadows, will be twins Bob and Mike Bryan. Seeded first in Cincinnati, the former Stanford stars beat Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic and Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-2, 4-6, 10-1 tiebreak in the second round.
   Last week in Montreal, 33-year-old Bob Bryan became the seventh player in ATP World Tour history to surpass 700 doubles match victories with 703. He joined Daniel Nestor (811), Todd Woodbridge (782), the Capitals' Mark Knowles (734), Sherwood Stewart (723), Mike Bryan (716) and Jonas Bjorkman (709).

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

King triumphs in doubles return

   Third-seeded Vania King, who completed her second season with the Sacramento Capitals last month, and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan edged American wild cards Alexa Glatch and Christina McHale 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5 match tiebreaker) Wednesday in the second round of the $2.05 million Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
   It was King's first doubles match since a second-round loss with Shvedova at Wimbledon, where they were the defending champions. The pair received a first-round bye in Cincinnati.
   McHale, who won the USTA girls 18 national singles title two years ago in Berkeley at 17 years old, earlier stunned top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-4, 7-5 in the second round.
   King and Shvedova advanced to a quarterfinal showdown against fifth-seeded American veterans Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond after today's 4 p.m. (PDT) match between Roger Federer and James Blake.
   Huber and Raymond, who became partners four months ago, won their first title together last week in Toronto. Huber, a naturalized U.S. citizen from South Africa who will turn 35 Sunday, has won four Grand Slam women's doubles titles; Raymond, who turned 38 last week, has captured five. King and Shvedova have won two each, including last year's U.S. Open.
   In men's doubles, former Stanford All-American Scott Lipsky and Bruno Soares of Brazil lost to seventh-seeded Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the second round.
   Top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan, the 1998 NCAA men's doubles champions from Stanford, will face unseeded Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic and Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine tonight in the second round.



   
 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lipsky advances in Cincinnati doubles; new rankings

   Although Scott Lipsky was born and raised on Long Island and lives in Huntington Beach, he has several Northern California ties.
   Lipsky starred at Stanford, won the doubles titles in the 2005 (inaugural) Sacramento Challenger and this year's SAP Open in San Jose, and is coached by Woodland product Scott McCain.
   Lipsky, a 30-year-old doubles specialist, continued his strong year Monday night as he and Bruno Soares of Brazil defeated Mark Knowles of the Sacramento Capitals and Xavier Malisse of Belgium 6-4, 7-5 in the first round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
   The winners will meet seventh-seeded Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, both of Poland, in the second round.
   Lipsky has improved from No. 55 in the world in doubles at the beginning of the year to No. 29, three spots below his career high last month. In addition to winning his first Grand Slam title (French Open mixed doubles with Casey Dellacqua of Australia), he has captured three men's doubles titles on the ATP Tour and three on the Challenger circuit this year.
   In the Barcelona final on clay in April, Lipsky and Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico edged Bob and Mike Bryan, arguably the greatest men's doubles team of all time, 5-7, 6-2 (10-8 match tiebreaker).
   New rankings -- Following are this week's world rankings of other players with Northern California connections (change from last week in parentheses):
Women
   Vania King, Capitals -- No. 7 in doubles (no change), No. 89 in singles (-6).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 52 in doubles (+2), no singles ranking.
   Christina Fusano, Sacramento native, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal, Plymouth resident -- No. 175 in doubles (+1), no singles ranking.
   Yasmin Schnack, Elk Grove resident -- No. 221 in doubles (no change), No. 381 in singles (-2).
Men
   Bob Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 1 in doubles, no singles ranking.
   Mike Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford --  No. 1 in doubles, no singles ranking.
   Knowles -- No. 31 in doubles (-1), no singles ranking.
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 44 in singles (+1), No. 94 in doubles (no change).
   David Martin, former Stanford All-American -- No. 102 in doubles (-4), No. 698 in singles (+6).
   Jimmy Wang, Folsom resident -- No. 383 in singles (+1), No. 672 in doubles (-3).
   Dusan Vemic, Capitals -- No. 496 in doubles (-210), No. 1,496 in singles (+2).
   Kiryl Harbatsiuk, former Sacramento State star -- No. 710 in singles (+83), No. 1,027 in doubles (+151).
        

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Stanford's Gibbs falls again in USTA national final

   Nicole Gibbs, a Stanford sophomore from Santa Monica, lost in the final of the USTA Girls 18 National Championships in San Diego for the second consecutive year Sunday.
   Gibbs, seeded fourth, fell to top-seeded Lauren Davis of Gates Mills, Ohio, 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-4 after losing to Shelby Rogers of Daniel Island, S.C.,  last year by the even more agonizing score of 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (4).
  As a Stanford freshman in May, Gibbs reached the NCAA semifinals on her home courts before losing to top-ranked and eventual champion Jana Juricova, a Cal junior at the time. 
   The 5-foot-2 Davis made her professional debut at the Australian Open in January, losing to fifth-seeded Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-1, 6-1 in the first round. Since then, Davis has improved from No. 444 in the world to No. 331.  
    "You've never seen a competitor like this," John Evert, Chris' brother and one of Davis' coaches at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Fla., told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "She's raw, but she's got heart and has gone from not ranked in the ITF (juniors) to (a career-high No. 3 last December)."
   In Kalamazoo, Mich., top-seeded Jack Sock of Lincoln, Neb., won his second consecutive boys 18 singles title and teamed with Jackson Withrow of Omaha, Neb., to take the doubles crown. Sock, who turned pro two weeks ago, and Withrow were seeded No. 1.
   The boys and girls 18 singles and doubles champions earned wild cards in the main draws of the U.S. Open, Aug. 29 through Sept. 11 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
   Northern California juniors won four USTA national titles, all in the lower age groups. Cameron Klinger of San Jose swept the boys 14 singles and doubles crowns, Catherine Bellis of Atherton took the girls 12 singles title, and Sam Riffice of Roseville won in boys 12 doubles.
   Interestingly, no Southern Californians won titles.
   Following are the results of all finals in the USTA junior national championships:
In Kalamazoo, Mich.
   Boys 18 singles -- Jack Sock (1), Lincoln, Neb., def. Mitchell Frank (2), Annandale, Va., 6-3, 6-0.
   Boys 18 doubles -- Sock and Jackson Withrow (1), Omaha, Neb., def. Frank and Junior Ore (5), Gaithersburg, Md., 7-6 (5), 6-3.
   Boys 16 singles -- Ronnie Schneider (2), Bloomington, Ind., def. Luca Corinteli (4), Alexandria, Va., 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-2.
   Boys 16 doubles --Yale Goldberg, Beachwood, Ohio, and Schneider (1) def. Joseph Di Giulio, Newport Beach, and Gregory Garcia (5), Poway, 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-3.
 In San Diego
   Girls 18 singles --  Lauren Davis (1), Gates Mills, Ohio, def. Nicole Gibbs (4), Santa Monica, 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-4.
   Girls 18 doubles --Samantha Crawford, Tamarac, Fla., and Madison Keys (2), Boca Raton, Fla., def. Jennifer Brady, Boca Raton, Fla., and Kendal Woodard, Stockbridge, Ga., 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
   Girls 16 singles -- Peggy Porter (3), Dallas, def. Alyssa Smith (15), Laguna Niguel, 7-6 (8), 6-4.
   Girls 16 doubles -- Mariana Gould, Boise, Idaho, and Spencer Liang (2), Potomac, Md., def. Dasha Ivanova, Beaverton, Ore., and Mia King (3), Hendersonville, N.C., 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.
In San Antonio
   Boys 14 singles -- Cameron Klinger (2), San Jose, def. Jake Devine (14), Boca Raton, Fla.,  7-6(8), 4-6, 6-1.
   Boys 14 doubles -- Klinger and Tommy Paul (1), Greenville, N.C., def. Ryan Dickerson, Marlton, N.J., and Kyle Seelig (7), Hatfield, Pa., 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-1.
In Peachtree City, Ga.
   Girls 14 singles -- Lauren Goodman (1), Fort Wayne, Ind., def. Mia Horvit (6), Parkland, Fla., 6-2, 6-2.
   Girls 14 doubles -- Andie Daniell, Douglasville, Ga., and Karina Traxler (3), Rockwall, Texas, def. Helen Altick, Monroe, La., and Kaitlyn McCarthy (5), Cary, N.C., 6-1, 0-6, 6-4.
In North Little Rock, Ark.
   Boys 12 singles -- Alexander del Corral (2), Doral, Fla., def. Nathan Perrone (1), Mount Laurel, N.J., 6-2, 6-2.
   Boys 12 doubles -- Sam Riffice, Roseville, and Noah Schachter (2), Steilacoom, Wash., def. Patrick Kypson, Greenville, N.C., and del Corral (1),  6-2, 3-6, 7-5.
In Alpharetta, Ga.
   Girls 12 singles -- Catherine Bellis (1), Atherton, def. Michaela Gordon (5), Los Altos Hills, 6-1, 6-1.
   Girls 12 doubles -- Samantha Martinelli, Denver, and Delaney Nothaft (4), Tempe, Ariz., def. Kayla Day, Santa Barbara, and Gordon (2), 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Two NorCal juniors win national titles

   Northern California juniors ended their main-draw participation in the USTA national championships Friday with two more titles.
   San Jose's Cameron Klinger, seeded second in boys 14 singles in San Antonio, defeated 14th-seeded Jake Devine of Boca Raton, Fla., 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-1 to complete a sweep. The top-seeded team of Klinger and Tommy Paul of Greenville, N.C., won the doubles crown Wednesday.   
   Atherton's Catherine Bellis, seeded first in girls 12 singles in Alpharetta, Ga., coasted past fifth-seeded Michaela Gordon of Los Altos Hills 6-1, 6-1 for the title.
   Gordon also fell in the doubles final with Kayla Day of Santa Barbara. Seeded second, they lost a heartbreaker to fourth-seeded Samantha Martinelli of Denver and Delaney Nothaft of Tempe, Ariz., 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4).
   Hillsborough's Connor Farren, seeded first in boys 16 singles in Kalamazoo, Mich., lost to 13th-seeded J.C. Aragone of Yorba Linda 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
   Pleasanton's Ellen Tsay, unseeded in girls 18 doubles in San Diego with Robin Anderson of Matawan, N.J., fell to unseeded Jennifer Brady of Boca Raton and Kendal Woodard of Stockbridge, Ga., 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals.

  

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Klinger reaches USTA Boys 14 final

   Second-seeded Cameron Klinger of San Jose edged unseeded Anudeep Kodali of Durham, N.C., 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (1) Thursday to reach the final of the USTA Boys 14 National Championships in San Antonio.
   Klinger will face 14th-seeded Jake Devine of Boca Raton, Fla., in today's final.
   Top-seeded Klinger and Tommy Paul of Greenville, N.C., beat seventh-seeded Ryan Dickerson of Marlton, N.J., and Kyle Seelig of Hatfield, Pa., 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-1 for the doubles title.    
   In San Diego, unseeded Ellen Tsay of Pleasanton and Robin Anderson of Matawan, N.J., surprised ninth-seeded Kourtney Keegan of Roswell, Ga., and Megan Kurey of Alpharetta, Ga., 6-1, 7-5 in the 18-and-under doubles quarterfinals at the USTA girls nationals.
   Tsay and Anderson will meet unseeded Jennifer Brady of Boca Raton, Fla., and Kendal Woodard of Stockbridge, Ga., in the semifinals. Brady and Woodard knocked off top-seeded Gabrielle Andrews of Pomona and Taylor Townsend of Stockbridge, Ga., in the round of 32.
   Tsay, seeded 10th in singles, lost to fourth-seeded Nicole Gibbs of Santa Monica 6-3, 6-0 in the round of 16. Gibbs reached the NCAA singles semifinals on her home courts at Stanford last May as a freshman. She lost to top-ranked and eventual champion Jana Juricova of Cal.    
   Also in San Diego, unseeded Hadley Berg of Greenbrae and Mary Closs of Menlo Park fell in the 16-and-under doubles quarterfinals.
   In Kalamazoo, Mich., top-seeded Connor Farren of Hillsborough is scheduled to play 13th-seeded JC Aragone of Yorba Linda on Friday in the 16-and-under singles quarterfinals of  the USTA Boys National Championships.
   In Alpharetta, Ga., top-seeded Catherine Bellis of Atherton and fifth-seeded Michaela Gordon of Los Altos Hills advanced to the singles final at the USTA Girls 12 National Championships.
   Second-seeded Gordon and Kayla Day of Santa Barbara reached the doubles final, but top-seeded Bellis and Ryan Peus of Santa Barbara lost to fourth-seeded Samantha Martinelli of Denver and Delaney Nothaft of Tempe, Ariz., 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5.
   Men's Futures -- Kiryl Harbatsiuk, a former Sacramento State star from Belarus, and Boris Nicola Bakalov of Bulgaria lost to Nicolas Meister of  Trabuco Canyon and John Peers of Australia 6-3, 6-4 in the doubles semifinals of the $10,000 Edwardsville (Ill.) Futures.
   It was incorrectly reported that Harbatsiuk and Bakalov had lost to top-seeded Erik Crepaldi of Italy and Tal Eros of Israel 7-6 (6), 6-2 in the first round. Harbatsiuk and Bakalov won by that score.
   I've been on vacation in Hawaii this week and must have suffered from sunstroke.



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Farren advances in USTA boys 16s

  Top-seeded Connor Farren of Hillsborough defeated ninth-seeded Spencer Papa of Edmond, Okla., 6-1, 7-6 (7) Wednesday to reach the 16-and-under singles quarterfinals at the USTA Boys National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.
  Farren, coached by ex-Stanford star and former world No. 7 Sandy Mayer, next faces 13th-seeded JC Aragone of Yorba Linda.
   In boys 18 singles, top-seeded Jack Sock of Lincoln, Neb., beat 10th-seeded Emmett Egger of Issaqua, Wash., 6-1, 6-1 in the round of 16. Egger won the West Coast Junior Championships last month at the Rio del Oro  Racquet Club in Sacramento.
   In San Diego, 10th-seeded Ellen Tsay of Pleasanton reached the round of 16 in 18-and-under singles at the USTA Girls National Championships. Tsay, who's also in the doubles quarterfinals with Robin Anderson of Matawan, N.J., next meets fourth-seeded Nicole Gibbs of Santa Monica in singles.
   Gibbs reached the NCAA singles semifinals, falling to top-ranked and eventual champion Jana Juricova of Cal in three sets, in May as a Stanford freshman.
   In 16-and-under singles, unseeded Mary K. Closs of Menlo Park lost to Emma Alderman of Hingham, Mass., 6-4, 6-1 in the round of 16.
   In San Antonio, second-seeded Cameron Klinger of San Jose breezed into the boys 14 singles semifinals. As the top seeds in doubles, Klinger and Tommy Paul of Greenville, N.C., will face seventh-seeded Ryan Dickerson of Marlton, N.J., and Kyle Seelig of Hatfield, Pa., today for the title.
   In North Little Rock, Ark., eighth-seeded Sam Riffice of Roseville fell to top-seeded Nathan Perrone of Mount Laurel, N.J., 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in the boys 12-and-under quarterfinals. Second-seeded Riffice and Noah Schachter of Steilacoom, Wash., have reached the doubles quarterfinals. 
   In Alpharetta, Ga., top-seeded Catherine Bellis of Atherton and fifth-seeded Michaela Gordon of Los Altos Hills gained the girls 12-and-under semifinals. Both are in the doubles semifinals on separate teams.

 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Harbatsiuk has bad luck; Tsodikov falls in juniors

   The tennis gods were not on Kiryl Harbatsiuk's side Tuesday.
   But the former Sacramento State star made the best of it.
   On the first day of the $10,000 Edwardsville (Ill.) Futures, Harbatsiuk lost to the second seed in singles but teamed with Boris Nicola Bakalov of Bulgaria to knock off the top seeds in doubles.
   Harbatsiuk, a native of Minsk, Belarus, fell to Blake Strode 6-4, 6-3 but won 7-6 (6), 6-2 against Erik Crepaldi of Italy and Tal Eros of Israel.
   Harbatsiuk, arguably the best men’s tennis player in Sac State history, turned pro in June after completing his eligibility. A three-time Big Sky Conference MVP and first-team all-conference selection all four years, he  also was named Sac State’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year in April.
   Strode, a former University of Arkansas All-American, has deferred his acceptance to Harvard Law School to play professional tennis.
   USTA junior nationals -- Seventeenth-seeded Anthony Tsodikov of San Francisco lost to top-seeded Jack Sock of Lincoln, Neb., 6-1, 6-1 in the fourth round of 18 singles at the USTA Boys National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.
   Sock, the defending champion and 2010 U.S. Open boys champion, turned pro two weeks ago after graduating from high school. He will face 10th-seeded Emmett Egger of Issaqua, Wash., in the round of 16.
   Egger won the boys 18 singles title in the West Coast Junior Championships at the Rio del Oro Racquet Club in Sacramento last month. He will play on scholarship at the University of Washington in the fall.
   In 16 singles in Kalamazoo, top-seeded Connor Farren of Hillsborough defeated 18th-seeded Elliott Orkin of Marietta, Ga., 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the round of 16.
   In San Diego, 10th-seeded Ellen Tsay of Pleasanton and unseeded Mary K. Closs of Menlo Park advanced to the round of 16 in 18 and 16 singles, respectively, at the USTA Girls National Championships.
   In San Antonio, second-seeded Cameron Klinger of San Jose moved into the boys 14 singles quarterfinals, but 13th-seeded Victor Pham of Saratoga lost to sixth-seeded Catalin Mateas of Braintree, Mass., 6-2, 6-1.
   In North Little Rock, Ark., eighth-seeded Sam Riffice of Roseville gained the boys 12 singles quarterfinals, in which he will face top-seeded Nathan Perrone of Mount Laurel, N.J. Jenson Brooksby of Sacramento and Keenan Mayo of Roseville fell in the second round earlier in the tournament.  
   In Alpharetta, Ga., top-seeded Catherine Bellis of Atherton and fifth-seeded Michaela Gordon of Los Altos Hills reached the girls 12 singles quarterfinals. However, 16th-seeded Katya Tabachnik of San Francisco lost to fourth-seeded Anna Bright of Fort Worth, Texas, 6-1, 6-1 in the round of 16.   


      

Knowles ousted in doubles; USTA juniors update

   Mark Knowles of the Sacramento Capitals and Philipp Petzschner of Germany lost to Serbians Novak Djokovic and Janko Tipsarevic 5-7, 6-3 (12-10 match tiebreaker) Monday in the first round of doubles at the $2.43 million Rogers Cup in Montreal.
   Petschner won last year's Wimbledon men's doubles title with Jurgen Melzer of Austria.
   Knowles, a Bahamian who turns 40 on Sept. 4, won his first men's doubles title of the year and the 54th of his career two weeks ago. In his initial tournament with Xavier Malisse of Belgium, Knowles won in Los Angeles for the first time. The tournament was held at UCLA, where Knowles played from 1990 to 1992.
   Knowles ranks fourth among active players in career men's doubles titles -- behind Mike Bryan (75), Bob Bryan (73) and Daniel Nestor (73) -- and is tied for 16th in the Open Era (since 1968). Knowles played for most of his career with Nestor, winning all three of his Grand Slam men's doubles titles with the Canadian. 
   USTA junior nationals --Seventeenth-seeded Anthony Tsodikov of San Francisco reached the fourth round of 18 singles in the USTA Boys National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. Tsodikov will face No. 1 seed Jack Sock of Lincoln, Neb. Sock, the defending champion, recently turned pro.
   Matthew Alves of Gold River lost to 20th-seeded Michael Redlicki of Hawthorn Woods, Ill., 6-4, 6-4 in the third round.
   Top-seeded Connor Farren of Hillsborough advanced the fourth round of the 16s, but Brandon Sutter of El Dorado Hills fell to Konrad Zieba of Glenview, Ill., 6-1, 2-6, 6-2.
   In San Diego, 10th-seeded Ellen Tsay of Pleasanton gained the third round of girls 18 singles, and unseeded Mary K. Closs of Menlo Park moved into the round of 32 in the 16s.
   In San Antonio, second-seeded Cameron Klinger of San Jose and 13th-seeded Victor Pham of Saratoga reached the round of 16 in boys 14 singles, but 17th-seeded Kenneth Tao of San Jose fell in the round of 32.
   In North Little Rock, Ark., eighth-seeded Sam Riffice of Roseville advanced to the round of 16 in boys 12 singles.
   In Alpharetta, Ga., top-seeded Catherine Bellis of Atherton, fifth-seeded Michaela Gordon of Los Altos Hills and 16th-seeded Katya Tabachnik of San Francisco reached the round of 16 in girls 12 singles. Gordon beat 17th-seeded Alexa Corcoleotes of Hillsborough 6-2, 6-1 in the round of 32. 
 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Farren, Sutter advance in USTA boys nationals

   Top-seeded Connor Farren of Hillsborough and unseeded Brandon Sutter of El Dorado Hills on Sunday advanced to the third round of boys 16 singles at the USTA national championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.
   Farren defeated Christopher Barrus of Marmora, N.J., 7-5, 6-0, and Sutter beat Samuel Shropshire of Philadelphia 6-1, 7-5.
   Meanwhle, all three Sacramento-area players lost in singles at the USTA Girls 18 and 16 National Championships in San Diego.
   In the 18s, Tiffany Pham of Elk Grove fell to Madeleine Hamilton of Greensboro, N.C., 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, and Karolina Kecki of Orangevale lost to Sarah Bessen of Henderson, Nev., 6-0, 6-1.
   In the 16s, Kassidy Jump of Granite Bay was ousted by 17th-seeded Kimmy Guerin of Weston, Conn., 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4).
   All Northern California seeds in lower age groups advanced to the third round of singles:
   Boys 14s in San Antonio -- No. 2 Cameron Klinger of San Jose, No. 13 Victor Pham of Saratoga and No. 17 Kenneth Tao of San Jose.
   Boys 12s in North Little Rock, Ark. -- No. 8 Sam Riffice of Roseville.
   Girls 12s in Alpharetta, Ga. -- No. 1 Catherine Bellis of Atherton, No. 5 Michaela Gordon of Los Altos Hills, No. 16 Katya Tabachnik of San Francisco and No. 17 Alexa Corcoleotes of Hillsborough.

Defending champ Knowles falls; other results

   Mark Knowles, a longtime Sacramento Capital from the Bahamas, and Xavier Malisse of Belgium lost to Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Horia Tecau of Romania 6-4, 6-4 Friday in the doubles quarterfinals at the $1,166,400 Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C.
  Knowles, 39, was the defending champion with Mardy Fish. They broke up at the end of last year because Fish wanted to concentrate on singles, Knowles said in March. Lindstedt and Tecau have lost in the past two Wimbledon finals.
   Knowles' teammate on the Capitals, Vania King, fell to 16th-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of singles at the $721,000 Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad. King, who won the women's doubles title at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year (both with Yaroslava Shvedova), did not play doubles in Carlsbad.
   Men's Futures -- Kiryl Harbatsiuk, a former Sacramento State star, lost to Tennys Sandgren of Gallatin, Tenn., 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the semifinals of the $10,000 USTA/Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic in Decatur, Ill.
   Harbatsiuk equaled his best result since turning pro in June.
   Sandgren, an NCAA singles semifinalist at Stanford in May who will be a junior at Tennessee in the fall, is seeking his second title in two weeks. He will face third-seeded Bassam Beidas, a former Pepperdine All-American from Lebanon, in Sunday's final.
   USTA junior nationals -- Matthew Alves of Gold River defeated Hudson Barnhart of Wenatchee, Wash., 7-6 (6), 6-1 in the second round of the USTA Boys 18 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.
   No. 17 seed Anthony Tsodikov of San Francisco also advanced, but No. 32 Eric Johnson of San Jose fell to Jordan Daigle of Lafayette, La., 6-2, 6-3.
   Kassidy Jump of Granite Bay beat Vivian Cheng of Woodbury, N.Y., 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the girls 16s in San Diego.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Tursunov falls to Monfils; other results

   Fifteenth-seeded Dmitry Tursunov of Folsom lost to top-seeded Gael Monfils of France 6-2, 7-6 (9) Thursday in the third round of the $1,166,400 Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C.
   Tursunov, who underwent three operations on his left ankle or foot between March 2009 and February 2010, has fought his way back to No. 45 in the world rankings after reaching a career high of No. 20 in 2006.
   Women's $100,000 tournament -- The Sacramento-area team of Christina Fusano and Yasmin Schnack fell to third-seeded Monica Niculescu of Romania and Urszula Radwanska of Poland 6-4, 6-1 this week in the first round of doubles at the $100,000 Odlum Brown Vanopen in Vancouver, British Columbia.
   Radwanska is the younger sister of Agnieszka Radwanska, ranked 13th in the world in singles.
   Schnack, in her first full year as a professional after an All-America career at UCLA, lost in the second round of singles qualifying. Fusano plays only doubles.
   Men's Futures --Kiryl Harbatsiuk, a Belarus native who turned pro in June after starring at Sacramento State, upset seventh-seeded John Peers of Australia 6-3, 6-2 to reach the semifinals of the $10,000 USTA/Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic in Decatur, Ill.
   Harbatsiuk will face unseeded Tennys Sandgren, a junior-to-be at the University of Tennessee from Gallatin, Tenn. Sandgren, a singles semifinalist in the NCAA championships at Stanford in May, won his first pro title last week in singles at Godfrey, Ill.
   Habatsiuk also reached the doubles semifinals with Boris Nicola Bakalov of Bulgaria. Seeded third, they lost to unseeded Americans Devin Britton and Bradley Cox 6-3, 6-4.
   USTA junior nationals -- Matthew Alves of Gold River beat David Doehring of Fallbrook, Calif., 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the USTA Boys 18 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.

NorCal juniors seeded in USTA nationals

   Connor Farren of Hillsborough is seeded first in boys 16 singles in the USTA National Championships, Friday through Aug. 14 in Kalamazoo, Mich.
   Anthony Tsodikov of San Francisco and Eric Johnson of San Jose are seeded 17th and 32nd, respectively, in boys 18 singles in Kalamazoo.
   Meanwhile, Ellen Tsay of Pleasanton is seeded 10th in national girls 18 singles, Saturday through Aug. 14 in San Diego. No Northern Californians are seeded in girls 16 singles in San Diego.
   The nationals in lower age groups are scheduled for Sunday through Aug. 12 at various sites across the country. Seeded players from Northern California are:
   --No. 2 Cameron Klinger of San Jose, No. 13 Victor Pham of Saratoga and No. 17 Kenneth Tao of San Jose in the boys 14s in San Antonio.
   --No. 8 Sam Riffice of Roseville in the boys 12s in North Little Rock, Ark.
   --No. 1 Catherine Bellis of Atherton, No. 5 Michaela Gordon of Los Altos Hills, No. 16 Katya Tabachnik of San Francisco and No. 17 Alexa Corcoleotes of Hillsborough in the girls 12s in Alpharetta, Ga.
   Unseeded singles players from the Sacramento area include:
   --Matthew Alves in the boys 18s.
   --Brandon Sutter in the boys 16s.
   --Tiffany Pham, Kamila Kecki and Karolina Kecki in the girls 18s.
   --Kassidy Jump in the girls 16s.
   --Jenson Brooksby and Keenan Mayo in the boys 12s.