Sunday, March 16, 2014

Bryans keep BNP title; Altamirano falls in Futures semis

   It took Bob and Mike Bryan 15 attempts to win the doubles title at Indian Wells in their native Southern California.
   Now the identical twins, who will turn 36 next month, have won two in a row. The top-ranked Bryans outclassed second-seeded Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday in the BNP Paribas Open.
   Peya and Soares had eliminated Switzerland's Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, the 2008 Olympic gold medalists, in the semifinals.
   The Bryans won their second title of the year, 27th in a Masters 1000 tournament and record 95th overall. They were born and raised in Camarillo in the Los Angeles area and led Stanford to NCAA team titles in their two years there (1997 and 1998) before turning professional.
   Futures -- Collin Altamirano, an 18-year-old qualifier from Elk Grove in the Sacramento area, lost to third-seeded Daniel Kosakowski of Downey in the Los Angeles region 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the semifinals of the $15,000 Three-Way Chevrolet Cadillac Bakersfield (Calif.) Tennis Open.
   Kosakowski, a former UCLA star who qualified for the BNP Paribas Open before losing in the first round, will meet eighth-seeded Mitchell Krueger of Aledo, Texas, in today's final. Krueger dispatched seventh-seeded Marek Michalicka of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-3.
   No. 12 Baylor def. No. 20 Cal 4-1 in Indian Wells. No. 1 singles: Eighth-ranked Julian Lenz (B) def. No. 84 Ben McLachlan 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Clinching match: At No. 5, Mate Zsiga def. Gregory Bayane 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Records: Baylor 10-4, Cal 8-3.
   New Mexico State def. Sacramento State 5-2 in Sacramento. No. 1 singles: Marek Marksoo (SS) def. Strahinja Trecakov 7-5, 6-3. Records: New Mexico State 8-7, Sac State 4-10.
   Utah State def. Saint Mary's 4-2 in Tucson, Ariz. No. 1 singles: Dennis Baumgartner (US) def. Joakim Norstrom 7-5, 6-3. Clinching match: At No. 4, Matt Sweet def. Thomas Hunt 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. Records: Utah State 7-7, Saint Mary's 5-5.
   No. 16 Cal def. No. 42 Washington 7-0 in Berkeley. No. 1 singles: Denise Starr, ranked 26th, def. Elianne Douglas-Miron, ranked 97th, 6-2, 6-1. Clinching match: At No. 4, 43rd-ranked Lynn Chi def. Andjela Nemcevic 6-0, 6-1. Records: Cal 7-4 overall, 1-0 Pacific-12 Conference; Washington 10-4, 0-1.
   No. 59 Santa Clara def. Loyola Marymount 4-3 in Santa Clara. No. 1 singles: Katie Le, ranked 28th, def. Jessica Perez 6-3, 6-4. Clinching match: At No. 4, Stephanie Skaras def. Laura Mueller 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 with Santa Clara leading 3-2. Records:Santa Clara 7-4, 2-0 West Coast Conference; Loyola Marymount 6-8, 0-1.
   Sacramento State def. Southern Utah 7-0 in Sacramento. No. 1 singles: Jennifer Nguyen def. Alex Ivanova 6-1, 6-0. Clinching match: At No. 3, Alina Soltanici def. Jane Marushko 6-3, 6-0. Records: Sac State 2-7 overall, 1-0 Big Sky Conference; 3-5, 0-2.
   Sacramento State def. Weber State 7-0 in Sacramento. No. 1 singles: Jennifer Nguyen def. Agata Bachanek 6-2, 6-3. Clinching match: At No. 6, Olivia Boija def. Michelle Warwick 6-1, 6-3. Records: Sac State 3-7 overall, 2-0 Big Sky Conference; Weber State 5-7, 0-3.  

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