Sunday, June 24, 2012

Tursunov, Cabal fall in UNICEF doubles final

   Dmitry Tursunov and Jean Sebastian Cabal fared well in their first tournament together.
   The unseeded pair reached the final of the UNICEF Open in s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, falling to top-seeded Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Horia Tecau of Romania 6-3, 7-6 (1).
   Tursunov, a 29-year-old Russian living in the Sacramento area, sought his sixth ATP World Tour doubles title and Cabal, 26, of Colombia his first. In Cabal's only other final, he and Eduardo Schwank of Argentina advanced to last year's French Open final. 
   Lindstedt and Tecau, both doubles specialists, now will try to gain their third consecutive berth in the Wimbledon final. They lost to Bob and Mike Bryan last year and Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner in 2010. This year's tournament starts Monday.
   Tursunov will play singles and doubles (with Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine) at Wimbledon. Cabal will compete in doubles with his countryman and regular partner, Robert Farah.
  UNICEF Open in s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands -- Juan Sebastian Cabal of Colombia and Tursunov reached the doubles final of the grass-court UNICEF Open. Playing in their first tournament together, they defeated Germans Benjamin Becker and Philipp Petzschner 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) in a battle of unseeded teams.
   Cabal and Tursunov will face top-seeded Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Horia Tecau of Romania today for the title. Lindstedt and Tecau, the 2010 UNICEF Open champions, have reached the last two Wimbledon finals. Tursunov seeks his sixth ATP World Tour doubles crown and Cabal, 26, his first.
TV SCHEDULE
(All times PDT)
   Today -- Eastbourne (women), final, Tennis Channel, 10 a.m.-noon (repeat), 7-9 p.m. (repeat). s'-Hertogenbosch (women), final, Tennis Channel, noon-2 p.m. (delay). s'-Hertogenbosch (men), final, Tennis Channel, 2-4 p.m. Eastbourne (men), final, Tennis Channel, 5-7 p.m. (repeat). 
   Monday -- Wimbledon, first round, ESPN2, 3:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (live). Wimbledon Primetime, Tennis Channel, 2 p.m. (premiere), 6 p.m. (repeat), 10 p.m. (repeat).
   Tuesday-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).  
   July 1 -- No matches scheduled. Wimbledon Primetime, Tennis Channel, 1 p.m. (premiere), 5 p.m. (repeat), 9 p.m. (repeat). 
CALENDAR  
   MONDAY-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.

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