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No. 2 seed Pliskova falls listlessly in 50K Stockton

Jul 13, 2016
No. 2 seed Pliskova falls listlessly in 50K Stockton

Kristyna Pliskova, who set a record for most aces in a WTAmatch in January, committed seven double faults in the secondset of her loss to qualifier Chanel Simmonds today. Photo byPaul Bauman   STOCKTON, Calif. -- In January, Kristyna Pliskova...

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Top seed Gibbs survives test in Stockton opener

Jul 12, 2016
Top seed Gibbs survives test in Stockton opener

Nicole Gibbs, a former Stanford standout, outlasted AleksandraWozniak, a former top-25 player, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 in the first roundof the Stockton Challenger. Photo by Paul Bauman   STOCKTON, Calif. -- When you're 5-foot-6 (1.68 meters) and petit...

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Top seed Gibbs to face Wozniak in 50K Stockton

Jul 12, 2016
Top seed Gibbs to face Wozniak in 50K Stockton

Nicole Gibbs serves during her fourth-round lossto Petra Kvitova at Indian Wells in March, Photoby Paul Bauman   Nicole Gibbs and Aleksandra Wozniak have fond memories of Stanford, one as an amateur and the other as a professional.&...

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Record setter tops 50K Sacramento acceptance list

Jul 11, 2016

   Kristyna Pliskova, who holds the record for most aces in a match on the WTA tour, tops the acceptance list for the fifth annual $50,000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger in the Sacramento area.   The tournament is scheduled for J...

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Results of all 2016 Wimbledon finals

Jul 11, 2016
Results of all 2016 Wimbledon finals

Andy Murray2015 photo by Paul BaumanSerena Williams2016 photo by Paul Bauman   Men's singles -- Andy Murray (2), Great Britain, def.Milos Raonic (6), Canada, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2).   Women's singles -- Serena Williams...

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Pursuit of athletic fantasies can be costly

Jul 11, 2016

“At what point do you have a fantasy versus a dream?” That was the question posed by a father who had doubts about his son’s ability to play Division I college basketball. “At some point for him and all these … Continue reading

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Cal star Manasse falls in 50K Stockton qualifying

Jul 11, 2016
Cal star Manasse falls in 50K Stockton qualifying

Cal's Maegan Manasse lost to No. 6 seedJennifer Elie 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday.2015 photo by Paul Bauman   No. 6 seed Jennifer Elie of the United States defeated Cal star Maegan Manasse 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday in the first round of qualifying f...

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Murray tops Raonic for second Wimbledon title

Jul 11, 2016
Murray tops Raonic for second Wimbledon title

Andy Murray has overcome tremendous adversity to win three Grand Slamsingles titles. 2015 photo by Paul Bauman   Of the Big Four in men's tennis, Andy Murray has encountered the most adversity.   By far.   Yes, Novak Djoko...

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Cal star to face sixth seed in 50K Stockton qualies

Jul 10, 2016

   Cal All-American Maegan Manasse will take on sixth-seeded Jennifer Elie of the United States today in the first round of qualifying for the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Stockton, Calif.   The match is scheduled to begin...

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Serena ties Graf with 22 Grand Slam singles titles

Jul 10, 2016
Serena ties Graf with 22 Grand Slam singles titles

Serena Williams defeated Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3on Saturday for her seventh Wimbledon singles title.2015 photo by Paul Bauman   This was the Serena Williams we have come to know over the years.   The one who blasts aces and s...

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