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USTA FL Blog: Venus, Isner Alive This Weekend; Bryans' Record

WEEKEND FLORIDA PRO ROUND-UP
 
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John Isner (left) and Sam Querrey last month at the U.S. Davis Cup tie in Jacksonville
Top-seeded John Isner is the lone American left at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships on Friday after No. 3 seed Sam Querrey lost to qualifier and former tournament champ Ernests Gulbis on Thursday, and wildcard Jack Sock was defeated by Ricardas Berankis.
 
The Florida-based Isner takes to the court tonight at 8:30 p.m. against defending champ Kevin Anderson of South Africa.
 
At the BMW Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, Florida-raised wildcard Bethanie Mattek-Sands stunned No. 2 seed and defending champion Hsieh Su-Wei 7-5, 6-2, and in the semifinals will face No. 3 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.
 
"Wins always help your confidence, but you have to get the confidence before you get the wins," said Mattek-Sands, who saw her ranking drop outside the Top 200 after multiple injuries and breaks from play in 2012. "Even though I had some losses this year, I feel I've been playing very good tennis. And I've come close in a few matches, like against [Svetlana] Kuznetsova in Doha. You can't let the losses get to you too much because I know the player I can be. I can make semifinals like this."
 
On Thursday at the WTA Brasil Tennis Cup in Florianopolis, Brazil, top-seeded Palm Beach Gardens resident Venus Williams rolled past No. 5 seed Magdalena Rybarikova 6-4, 6-0, and in the semifinals today is scheduled to meet unseeded Russian Olga Puchkova.
 
TENNIS ON TV
 
Tennis Channel will show ATP Delray Beach coverage today from 2:30-6:30 p.m ET.
 
BRYAN BROTHERS BENCHMARK
 
The Bryan brothers pulled out of the Delray Beach event this week due to shoulder soreness that Mike experienced following their win in the Memphis final, but the Memphis win kept the twin's record breaking roll on track in 2013.
 
In the Memphis final they beat fellow Americans James Blake and Jack Sock 6-1, 6-2 for their third title this year (after Sydney, Australian Open), their third career Memphis title, and their 85th career title as a team.
 
"It was great to be back where we won our first title," Mike said of their effort in Memphis 12 years ago.
 
Their 85 team titles keep increasing for a record which may never be broken, as they've increased their lead over the retired No. 2 team of Aussies Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, who tallied 61 career team titles. The Bryans have 13 Grand Slam titles, second to the "Woodies'" 16.
 
Happy weekending,
 
The USTA Florida Friday blog is written by USTA Florida Communications Coordinator Rick Vach, to e-mail him CLICK HERE. Feed us some feedback.
 
 
 
 

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