Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sweeting faces tough match, but it could be worse

   Ryan Sweeting of the Sacramento Capitals in World TeamTennis faces a tough second-round match against eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic on Wednesday at Wimbledon.
   But it beats last year, when Sweeting lost to Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the same situation. Sweeting will take his chances with Tipsarevic, thank you very much.
   The 6-foot-5 Sweeting, who's scheduled to play three matches for the Capitals next month, advanced Monday as a qualifier when "Sweet" Potito Starace of Italy retired while trailing 6-2, 2-0. The reason was not available.
   Tipsarevic, from Serbia, defeated David Nalbandian of Argentina 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-2. Nalbandian, the Wimbledon runner-up 10 years ago, was defaulted from the June 17 final at Queen's Club in London for kicking a wooden box around a line judge in anger and slightly injuring him.
   Tipsarevic is 3-0 lifetime against Sweeting, including a 6-1, 7-6 (2) decision in the second round at the recent Queen's Club tournament.
   Meanwhile, Dmitry Tursunov and qualifier Jimmy Wang, who both train at the Gorin Tennis Academy in the Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay, lost as they continue their comebacks from long injury layoffs.
   Tursunov fell to 31st-seeded Florian Mayer of Germany 7-6 (3), 6-2, 6-3, and Wang succumbed to 17th-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-5. 
(All times PDT)
   Today-Thursday -- Wimbledon, early rounds, ESPN2, 4 a.m.-2 p.m. (live). Wimbledon Primetime, Tennis Channel, 2 p.m. (premiere), 6 p.m. (repeat), 10 p.m. (repeat).
   Friday -- Wimbledon, early rounds, ESPN, 4 a.m.-2 p.m. (live). Wimbledon Primetime, Tennis Channel, 2 p.m. (premiere), 6 p.m. (repeat), 10 p.m. (repeat).
   Saturday -- Wimbledon, early rounds, 5 a.m.-noon, ESPN (live). Wimbledon Primetime, Tennis Channel, 2 p.m. (premiere), 6 p.m. (repeat), 10 p.m. (repeat).  
   Sunday -- No matches scheduled. Wimbledon Primetime (first-week highlights), Tennis Channel, 1 p.m. (premiere), 5 p.m. (repeat), 9 p.m. (repeat). 
   THROUGH-JULY 8 -- WIMBLEDON, www.wimbledon.com.
   Friday -- Renowned tennis psychologist and author Allen Fox speaks at 5:30 p.m. at the Gorin Tennis Academy, 8970 Carriage Drive, Granite Bay (Sacramento area), $10, (916) 797-8444.
   July 7-10 -- West Coast Junior Championships, Rio Del Oro Racquet Club, 119 Scripps Dr., Sacramento, www.norcal.usta.com.
   July 7-15 -- WTA, Bank of the West Classic, Stanford University, www.bankofthewestclassic.com.
   July 9 -- World TeamTennis, Sacramento Capitals' season opener at Boston, 4 p.m., www.saccaps.com.
   July 12 -- World TeamTennis, Capitals' home opener (with Mardy Fish) vs. Kansas City, Sunrise Marketplace Stadium, Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, 7:35 p.m., www.saccaps.com.
   July 12 -- 2012 Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame Brunch and Induction Ceremony (Nick Saviano, Andrea Norman, Steve Cornell and Martha Downing), Stanford University, Pac 12 Plaza/Cardinal Plaza, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., tickets $75 each at http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=230538.
   July 28-Aug. 5 -- Olympic tennis tournament at Wimbledon, www.london2012.com.
   Following are this week's world rankings of professional players with Northern California ties (change from last week in parentheses):
   Kevin Anderson, Sacramento Capitals (2012) of World TeamTennis -- No. 31 in singles (-1), No. 126 in doubles (no change).
   Bob Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 3 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 3 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mardy Fish, Capitals (2012) -- No. 12 in singles (no change), No. 730 in doubles (-7).
   John Paul Fruttero, Cal All-American in 2001 and 2002 -- No. 97 in doubles (-1), unranked in singles.
   Mark Knowles, Capitals (2001-07, 2009-12), three-time World TeamTennis Male MVP (2001, 2005 and 2007) -- No. 71 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 39 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Conor Niland, 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year and two-time All-American at Cal -- No. 374 in singles (-4), unranked in doubles.
   Sam Querrey, San Francisco native, Capitals (2012) -- No. 64 in singles (-1), No. 61 in doubles (-1).
   Ryan Sweeting, Capitals (2012) -- No. 130 in singles (-1), No. 855 in doubles (-3).
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 129 in singles (-1), No. 148 in doubles (+57).
   Jimmy Wang, Folsom resident -- No. 207 in singles (no change), No. 356 in doubles (-2).
   Pedro Zerbini, All-Pacific-10 Conference first team at Cal (2009-11) -- No. 647 in singles (-1), No. 1,011 in doubles (-5).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 24 in doubles (-1), No. 727 in singles (-5).
   Asia Muhammed, Capitals (2012) -- No. 178 in doubles (no change), No. 414 in singles (-4).
   Maria Sanchez, Modesto resident -- No. 138 in doubles (no change), No. 225 in singles (-1).
   Yasmin Schnack, Elk Grove resident, Capitals (2011-12) -- No. 146 in doubles (no change), No. 432 in singles (-1).
   Romana Tedjakusuma, Tracy resident -- No. 560 in singles (-4), No. 1,164 in doubles (-4).
   CoCo Vandeweghe, Capitals (2009, 2012) -- No. 132 in singles (no change), No. 515 in doubles (no change).

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