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Dream arrives late, falls at Austin in WTT playoffs

Jul 30, 2015
Dream arrives late, falls at Austin in WTT playoffs

Anabel Medina Garrigues, shown earlier this season,of the California Dream was named the World Team-Tennis Co-Female MVP. Photo by Darryl Henick    The California Dream already faced a big challenge playing on the road against the team with t...

Skupski, Medina Garrigues form unlikely Dream team

Jul 30, 2015
Skupski, Medina Garrigues form unlikely Dream team

Neal Skupski, a last-minute substitute this season, and Anabel Medina Garri-gues, a two-time major champion (2008-09), of the California Dream led WorldTeamTennis in mixed doubles. Photo courtesy of Phil Kemp/California Dream   They weren't s...

Dream triumphs in tuneup for WTT playoffs

Jul 30, 2015
Dream triumphs in tuneup for WTT playoffs

California's Tennys Sandgren serves in men's doublesduring the Dream's win over San Diego on Wednesdaynight in the Sacramento area. Photo by Paul Bauman   CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. -- The California Dream enters the World TeamTennis playoffs wit...

Dream falls to Kastles, will visit Austin in WTT playoffs

Jul 28, 2015
Dream falls to Kastles, will visit Austin in WTT playoffs

Hall of Famer Martina Hingis helped the Wash- ington Kastles rally to beat the California Dream.2014 photo by Paul Bauman     Pack your cowboy boots, pardner.   The California Dream of World TeamTennis is heading back to Austin...

Kalinina overcomes big deficit for Challenger title

Jul 27, 2015

   Note: Photos will be added to this story early this afternoon (California time).   GOLD RIVER, Calif. -- An-Sophie Mestach was cruising.   The Belgian, whose sculpted 5-foot-7 (1.70-meter) physique makes Jillian Michael...

Surging Dream clinches WTT playoff berth

Jul 26, 2015

   The California Dream, which was 2-3 at one point this season, today clinched a berth in the World TeamTennis playoffs with its fifth consecutive victory and sixth in seven matches.   California defeated the host Philadelphia Free...

Mestach overcomes bizarre injury, gains another final

Jul 26, 2015
Mestach overcomes bizarre injury, gains another final

Top-seeded An-Sophie Mestach beat fourth-seededNao Hibino after losing to her in last week's Stock-ton Challenger final. Photo by Paul Bauman   GOLD RIVER, Calif. -- An-Sophie Mestach undoubtedly is the only player in tennis history to get in...

Bryans lose, but Dream extends WTT win streak

Jul 25, 2015

   Despite a one-sided loss by Bob and Mike Bryan, the California Dream neared a playoff berth with their fourth straight victory on Saturday.   Bolting to an early lead and then hanging on, visiting California defeated the Boston L...

Serena to open Stanford title defense on Aug. 5

Jul 25, 2015
Serena to open Stanford title defense on Aug. 5

Serena Williams won her third Bank of the West Classic titlelast year. Tri Nguyen/TriNguyenPhotography.com   Serena Williams will open the defense of her Bank of the West singles title on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. at Stanford, tournament o...

Kalinina blows big lead but recovers to beat Bellis

Jul 25, 2015
Kalinina blows big lead but recovers to beat Bellis

No. 8 seed Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine was two pointsfrom beating No. 3 CiCi Bellis of Atherton 6-3, 6-2 butsettled for a three-set victory. Photo by Paul Bauman    GOLD RIVER, Calif. -- Anhelina Kalinina put it succinctly when asked about b...

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