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Konta tops Venus for Bank of the West title

Jul 24, 2016
Konta tops Venus for Bank of the West title

Third-seeded Johanna Konta, shown on Wednesday, beattop-seeded Venus Williams 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 today for her firstWTA tour title. Photo by Paul Bauman   The final of the Bank of the West Classic produced a milestone, but not for Venus Williams.&...

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Brooksby routed in boys 16 final at USTA Clay Courts

Jul 24, 2016
Brooksby routed in boys 16 final at USTA Clay Courts

No. 14 seed Jenson Brooksby, above, lost to No. 7Lukas Greif 6-1, 6-1. 2015 photo by Paul Bauman   On Saturday, Jenson Brooksby routed his opponent to reach the boys 16 final in the USTA National Clay Court Championships.   Tod...

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Kenin, 17, hopes to rocket to vicinity of Venus

Jul 24, 2016
Kenin, 17, hopes to rocket to vicinity of Venus

Sofia Kenin, above, will face Grace Min inan all-American final in the FSP Gold RiverWomen's Challenger. Photo by Paul Bauman    GOLD RIVER, Calif. -- Sofia Kenin is unlikely to reach the heights of Venus Williams -- literally and figura...

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Venus, Konta to meet in Bank of the West final

Jul 24, 2016

   Venus Williams will seek her 50th career tour-level title today in the tournament where she began her career 22 years ago.   Johanna Konta, meanwhile, will play in her first such final.   But the final of the Bank of th...

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Brooksby reaches boys 16 final in USTA Clay Courts

Jul 23, 2016

   No. 14 seed Jenson Brooksby of Carmichael in the Sacramento area demolished unseeded JanMagnus Johnson of Naples, Fla., 6-1, 6-0 today to reach the boys 16 final in the USTA National Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach, Fla.  &nb...

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Bellis, 17, eclipsed by Venus in Bank of the West

Jul 23, 2016
Bellis, 17, eclipsed by Venus in Bank of the West

CiCi Bellis, shown Tuesday after upsetting No. 6 seedJelena Ostapenko, said she "can take so many positivesaway from this week." Photo by Paul Bauman   CiCi Bellis fared better against a Williams sister this time.   N...

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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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