Raise your hand if your take on American female tennis essentially begins and ends with Venus and Serena Williams.Vania King says dont believe the hype. Coco Vandeweghe scoffs at the notion of there being no young American women coming up the ranks.Now, raise your hand if youre unfamiliar with Vania King and Coco Vandeweghe. The simple answer is the pair rank among the top 100 players on tour yet many have never heard of them. The precise reply for this weekis the No. 4 and 7 seeds respectively at the Citi Open. After both pulled of straight sets on Wednesday, their diverse styles are set for a stars and stripes clashin Thursday's quarterfinals. The slugging and brash Vandeweghe, seeded for the first time on tour, dismissed her second straight opponent. Brimming with confidence after reaching her first WTA final at Stanford last month where she lost to Serena Williams Vandeweghe boldly downed Aravane Rezai 6-2, 6-2.King positions herself on the court with a defensive-minded presence, though she mixed enough winners to down fellow American Irina Falconi 6-2, 7-6 (5). Another American, Sloane Stephens,reached the quarterfinal round on Tuesday. She will play 18-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard on Thursday following the second round match between men's top seedMardy Fish and Ricardas Berankis.King, atwo-time grand slam doubles champion, also went on the offensive in the post match press conference. A reporter asked whether there being three Americans this deep in the tournament with none being part of that famed sister act ran counter to the public perception of womens tennis in the U.S.I dont think the publics perception is (its only) Venus and Serena, said King, whose lone singles title came as a 16-year-old in 2006. I think thats the medias perception. I think the media groups tennis in the United States as if youre not in the top 10 or if you havent multiple grand slams than youre not a good player.If you go to any other sport in the states, people are known for being top 200, top 300...Its no small feat to be the best 100 in the world. Vandeweghe received a similar query about there being a trio of red, white and blue-ers left in the womens draw.I think its great that were all in the quarters, said the 21-year-old and one of nine Americans inside the WTAs top 100 rankings. Vandeweghe jumped from 120 to 69 after her effort at Stanford. "It's great to have all these Americans inside the top 100. With all the talk about, 'No good Americans coming up,' we've got a lot of young girls and I think we're all doing well individually and doing different things very well."Vandeweghe speaks as she plays: bold and direct. Case in point, analysis of her win over Rezai.My serve definitely shook her confidence, also with me beating her in the groundstroke rallies, said Vandeweghe, who never lost a service game and smacked 11 aces. Both those things just kind of depleted her confidence and that definitely raised my game to see that in an opponent.Truth is whatever former NBA star Kiki Vandeweghes niece lacks in terms of championship winning hardware, she makes up for with the rigid belief that any time could be her time.I didnt really have plans on going to the finals in Stamford, but going into a tournament youre always thinking about winning the tournament, beating everybody, Vandeweghe said. Otherwise, there is no real point and showing up and playing.Next time Vandeweghe shows up to play, King will be on the other side of the net. The 2010 Wimbledon and U.S. Open double champion anticipates matchup will play fast and display their contrasting methods.We dont play very similar, King said.The winner could face top seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the semifinals, though the Russian struggled in her three-set victory on Wednesday. While a title win in D.C. may not adjust their Q ratings with the general public the WTA side of the event is not among the prominent stops on tour King and Vandeweghe have a chance for a much desired title run and generating additional momentum before the U.S. Open.Its what you do with your opportunities, how you take advantage of them, Vandeweghe said. NotesJames Blake, fourth-seeded Tommy Haas and No. 2 Alexandr Dolgopolov all advanced to the third round with straight-set victoriesBouchard upset No. 8 Olga Govortsova in three sets.
By TATE STEINLAGE, Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Gyasi Zardes had his first two-goal international game, 17-year-old Christian Pulisic became the youngest American scorer in the modern era and the United States routed Bolivia 4-0 in an exhibition Saturday night to sweep its three warmup matches for next month's Copa America.
Zardes scored in the 26th and 52nd minutes around defender John Brooks' goal in the 37th. Pulisic, the youngest foreigner to score in the Bundesliga, got the final goal in the 69th minute. At 17 years, 253 days, he bettered the mark set by Juan Agudelo (17-359) against South Africa in 2010.
The 29th-ranked Americans had their largest victory margin against a South American opponent, beat opponents from that continent in consecutive matches for the first time and swept their three warmup matches by a combined 8-1 after defeating Puerto Rico and Ecuador.
At the Copa America, the U.S. plays fourth-ranked Colombia on Friday in the opener at Santa Clara, California, then faces Costa Rica four days later at Chicago and closes the first round versus Paraguay on June 11 at Philadelphia.
Alejandro Bedoya assisted on the first two goals against 79th-ranked Bolivia.
The U.S. went ahead after Geoff Cameron played a 20-yard pass to Clint Dempsey, who flicked the ball to Bedoya on the right flank. He in turn lofted a one-touch pass over a shoulder of Zardes, who streaked past defender Nelson Cabrera and let the ball take a bounce. Zardes one-timed a right-footed shot from 19 yards over onrushing goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra, who was making his international debut.
Brooks doubled the lead after U.S. captain Michael Bradley rolled a through pass on a free kick from 35 yards out to Bedoya, who burst past Carmelo Algaranaz and from the corner of the 6-yard box made a sliding cutback pass in front of the goal. Brooks, 21, redirected the ball in with his left foot from 7 yards for his third international goal. Brooks scored late against Ghana to win the Americans' 2014 World Cup opener and also got a goal in an exhibition win at the Netherlands last year.
Zardes, 25, scored again after playing the ball back to Bradley in midfield. He lofted a pass to Bobby Wood on the left side of the goal, Wood crossed to Zardes, who beat defender Luis Gutierrez and scored again with his left foot, this time from 6 yards. Zardes has five goals in 26 national team appearances.
Pulisic, who made debuts for Borussia Dortmund in January and the U.S. in March, scored after Jermaine Jones forced a turnover. Jones exchanged passes with Darlington Nagbe, who ran past three Bolivians and rolled the ball into Pulisic's path. The teenager slid the ball to Viscarra's left from right of the penalty spot, causing many in the crowd of 8,894 to chant his name.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann shifted Matt Besler, normally a central defender, to left back in his starting lineup and started Michael Orozco at right back. Fabian Johnson replaced Besler at the start of the second half and DeAndre Yedlin came in for Orozco, joining Brooks and Cameron in central defense, the first time the likely back four for the match against Colombia played together. Cameron had not played since injuring a hamstring in Stoke's season finale on May 15.
Bedoya and Jones flanked Bradley, who dropped back in a defensive midfield role; Zardes and Wood played aside Dempsey; and Brad Guzan started his fourth straight match in goal, making the lineup for the first 18 minutes of the second half the possible starting 11 against Colombia. That array was broken up when Pulisic and Nagbe replaced Zardes and Bedoya.
Postgame analysis of the Nationals' 9-4 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday night at Nats Park.
How it happened: The Cardinals offense didn't waste much time in this one, jumping on Nats starter Gio Gonzalez by building a 4-0 second-inning lead thanks to three straight two-out hits with men on base. Washington briefly got back in the game in the bottom of the frame as Ryan Zimmerman launched a two-run home run to cut the deficit to 4-2.
However, the tough times continued for Gonzalez. He promptly yielded a solo shot to Matt Holliday in the third, and then in the fifth gave up an RBI double to Randal Grichuk to make it 6-2 St. Louis, ending the lefty starter's night earlier than he or the Nats would have liked.
Washington would get two runs back on solo home runs from Bryce Harper and Zimmerman, but the red-hot Cards lineup was simply too much on this night. Matt Adams came through with a pinch-hit two-run double to pad the lead to 8-4 and essentially put things out of reach.
What it means: After starting the season series off with four straight against the Cardinals, the Nats have now dropped back-to-back games to St. Louis. At 29-21, Washington is still in a virtual tie for first place in the NL East with the New York Mets.
Another rough outing for Gio: Well, so much for the idea of Jose Lobaton spurring a rebound start for Gonzalez. Even though he was throwing to his usual catcher this time, Gio struggled for the second straight outing, allowing six earned runs on six hits and four walks over 4 2/3 frames. What doomed him the most Saturday? His inability to finish innings when he was ahead in the count. Though he had multiple opportunities in two-strike, two-out situations to exit a frame unscathed, he instead allowed a series of crippling run-scoring hits. Indeed, five of the six runs Gonzalez yielded against the Cards came with two down, a frustrating stat considering that there were moments where he looked like he was going to settle down.
Daniel Murphy, record breaker: In only his second regular season month with his new team, Daniel Murphy has already etched his name in the Nats record books. His second-inning single was his 41st hit in May, breaking Denard Span's club mark for hits in a month. Murphy's average on the season is now at an eye-popping .390 through nearly two months.
Up next: The Nats will look to salvage a series split Sunday afternoon as they send Stephen Strasburg (8-0, 2.79 ERA) to the mound to oppose the Cardinals' Michael Wacha (2-5, 5.04).
If you are an NBA fan, you know about Craig Sager and his phenomenal outfits. As a sideline reporter for TNT, Sager is known just as much for his attire as he is for his reporting.
For example, here's a look at what he is wearing for Saturday's Game 6 between Oklahoma City and Golden State.
As phenomenal as he may look, he just may have met his match in Oklahoma City from an unexpected source: Kevin Durant's mom.
Sager and KD mom admiring outfits pic.twitter.com/cqQD8RyhwS— Hannibal Buress (@hannibalburess) May 29, 2016
I don't know, I think she's got him beat.
Not to be out done are the players themselves of course. Russell Westbrook always brings his A game when it comes to outfits, and Saturday was no different.
Remember when Charlie Sheen kept talking about tiger blood? I'm pretty sure he was talking about this jacket.
Kevin Durant is taking his fashion style onto the court with messages written on his shoes.
Kevin Durant's sneakers tonight: SMILE on the right, HAVE FUN on the left. pic.twitter.com/jsbiuS1jbz— ESPN (@espn) May 29, 2016
Pretty soon the NBA Playoffs will need its own red carpet show.