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Solovyeva returns to 50K Gold River semis

Jul 23, 2016
Solovyeva returns to 50K Gold River semis

Valeria Solovyeva, playing Monday in the final round ofqualifying, beat third-seeded An-Sophie Mestach to reachthe semifinals of the Gold River Challenger.Photo by Paul Bauman   Four years ago, Valeria Solovyeva reached the semifinals of...

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Bellis, 17, to face Venus in Bank of the West

Jul 22, 2016

   CiCi Bellis, a 17-year-old wild card playing five minutes from home, defeated Sachia Vickery today for the second consecutive week to reach her first WTA tour quarterfinal.    Bellis, who lives in Atherton, beat Vickery, a 21-yea...

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No. 2 seed Min barely survives in 50K Gold River

Jul 22, 2016

   Second-seeded Grace Min of Boca Raton, Fla., saved two match points in a 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 victory over Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands on Thursday in the second round of the $50,000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger in the Sacramento, C...

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On the wisdom of leaving old love letters alone

Jul 21, 2016
On the wisdom of leaving old love letters alone

I can’t get myself to throw away some old love letters I have stored in the garage, even though I have no interest in rereading them. The oldest go back 50 years to my college days. They reflect several long-term … Continue reading

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Lucky loser stuns top seed in Gold River Challenger

Jul 20, 2016

   Alison Van Uytvanck ran out of magic today.   The 22-year-old Belgian played her fourth consecutive three-set singles match after dropping the second set today in the first round of the $50,000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger.&...

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No. 7 seed Cornet falls in Bank of the West

Jul 20, 2016

   This story will be updated with tonight's featured match between top seed and two-time champion Venus Williams and Magda Linette of Poland.   STANFORD, Calif. -- Zheng Saisai isn't just a doubles specialist.   Zheng, wh...

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No. 4 seed Anderson retires from Gold River match

Jul 20, 2016

   Fourth-seeded Robin Anderson, who graduated from UCLA last year after a storied career, retired from her first-round match on Tuesday in the $50,0000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger.   Anderson, only 5-foot-3 (1.61 meters), qui...

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No. 8 seed Lepchenko ousted in Bank of the West

Jul 19, 2016

   Note: This story will be updated after tonight's featured match between sixth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia and CiCi Bellis, a 17-year-old wild card from Atherton, Calif.   STANFORD, Calif. -- Pittsburgh native Alison Riske u...

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Bank of the West Classic results, schedule

Jul 18, 2016

   Following are today's results in the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford and Tuesday's schedule. A short story will be posted at about 1 a.m. Tuesday PDT.BANK OF THE WEST CLASSICAt StanfordSinglesFirst round   Saisai Zheng, Chin...

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50K Sacramento Challenger results, schedule

Jul 18, 2016

$50,000 FSP GOLD RIVER WOMEN'S CHALLENGERIn Gold River, Calif.At Gold River Racquet ClubSinglesSecond-round qualifying   Chanel Simmonds (3), South Africa, def. Michaela Gordon, Saratoga, Calif., 6-1, 6-3.   Maegan Manasse, United S...

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