Team USA Weekend Preview: Aug. 30, 2013

By Paul D. Bowker | Aug. 30, 2013, 4:20 p.m. (ET)
Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan pose with the men's doubles trophy following their victory in the men's doubles final at the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2013 in London.

The summer world championships continue this weekend as rowers, rhythmic gymnasts, judokas, cyclists and canoeists and kayakers compete for world titles. In other events, the U.S. women’s volleyball team is in action at the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round while the U.S. Open for tennis and the Cincinnati Open beach volleyball tournament also are in full swing for this Labor Day weekend. Check out the Team USA Weekend Preview for all the information.


U.S. Open, Aug. 26-Sept. 9, New York

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Serena Williams marched through her third-round U.S. Open match Thursday, defeating Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan, 6-3, 6-0. Williams, who will face Yaroslava Shvedora of Kazakhstan Friday night, is attempting to win her fifth U.S. Open title.

Three-time Olympians Bob and Mike Bryan, the defending champs in men’s doubles, won their first-round match in straight sets. The Bryan brothers are trying to sweep the Grand Slam calendar year by winning at the U.S. Open this year. The reigning Olympic gold medalists have won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon this year. They are set to face American Eric Butorac and Frederik Nielsen of Denmark late Friday night.

TV: 1 p.m.-11 p.m. ET Friday, ESPN2; 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, CBS Sports Network; 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Tennis Channel


World Rowing Championships, Aug. 25-Sept. 1, Chungju, South Korea

Team USA earned its first gold medal of the 2013 World Rowing Championships Friday as the women’s four finished ahead of Canada by more than four seconds. Members of the boat are Felice Mueller, Tessa Gobbo, Olivia Coffey and Emily Huelskamp.

“I’m just so excited,” said Gobbo. “I can’t think of a better way to start pretty much all of our senior national team careers. I’m just glad they didn’t get rid of the four and that I had this opportunity.”

It was a tri-color day for Team USA, as the lightweight women’s quad crew of Hillary Saeger, Nancy Miles, Helen Tompkins and Rachel Stortvedt earned silver. The U.S. lightweight men’s eight team concluded Friday’s medal haul for the U.S., finishing third. The boat consisted of coxswain Michael Hwang, Sean Gibel, Peter Gibson, Josh Getz, Dorian Weber, Brendan Mulvey, Tobin McGee, Bryan Pape and David Morgenstern.

Also in the finals is the men’s four boat, which consists of Michael Gennaro, Seth Weil, and 2012 Olympians Henrik Rummel and Grant James. The men’s final is Saturday.

Two-time Olympic champion Eleanor Logan, a member of the gold medal-winning women’s eight boat in 2012 and 2008, is in the final Sunday in women’s single sculls.

The first U.S. medal of the worlds was won by Natalie McCarthy and Paul Hurley in the legs, trunk and arms mixed Para-Rowing double sculls. They won bronze.

“I’ve been training for this for eight years. And so, literally, I’m living my dream right now,” McCarthy said. “This is a dream come true. I never, ever expected to get here, much less win a bronze medal. I am on cloud nine right now.”


FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round, Aug. 28-Sept. 1, Sapporo, Japan

The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will enter its Saturday match against Italy trying to snap a three-game losing streak in the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round.

After winning eight of nine matches in the preliminary round, the top-ranked Americans have lost to Brazil, Serbia and China on consecutive days in Sapporo, Japan. Friday, the United States lost to China, 25-20, 25-23, 25-17.

The three-time defending champions now face Italy and Japan in the final two days of the tournament’s round-robin format. Kelly Murphy led the United States with a match-high 23 points on 21 kills in Thursday’s four-set loss to Serbia.

TV: 10 p.m. ET Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Universal Sports

Webcast: 12:30 a.m. Saturday and 6:10 a.m. Sunday,

FIVB Men’s Under-21 World Championship, Aug. 22-Sept. 1, Izmir, Turkey

The U.S. Men’s Junior National Team was to play Egypt on Friday in a ninth- to 16th-place classification match at the FIVB Men’s Under-21 World Championship in Turkey. The United States (2-3) fell out of the top eight in the tournament with a loss Wednesday to Brazil.


AVP Tour, Cincinnati Open, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Cincinnati, Ohio

April Ross, a silver medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, is part of a star-studded field in the AVP Cincinnati Open. Main-draw play begins Saturday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio. Qualifying sessions will be held Friday.

Ross won the women’s title at last year’s tournament with partner Jen Kessy. Other 2012 Olympians in the field include Phil Dalhausser, Jake Gibb, Todd Rogers and Sean Rosenthal.


World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, Aug. 28-Sept. 1, Kiev, Ukraine

Jazzy Kerber and Rebecca Sereda finished in 22nd and 24th place, respectively, Friday after making history earlier in the week, marking the first time two U.S. rhythmic gymnastics made the all-around finals at the world championships. Kerber's four-event total was 63.482, while Sereda finished with 60.998.

The group team competition will be held Saturday and Sunday. Members of the U.S. senior group team are Sharon Dassouli, Alisa Kano, Natalie McGiffert, Monica Rokhman, Jennifer Rokhman and Laura Tutunikov.

Stars and Stripes Cup, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Daytona Beach, Fla.

U.S. rosters for the trampoline & tumbling world team and world age group competition will be determined by the Stars and Stripes Cup, which goes through Sunday at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. Among those competing are national champions Jeffery Gluckstein and Hayley Butcher, trampoline; Yuliya Stankevich-Brown, tumbling; and Ryan Roberts and Kristle Lowell, double mini-trampoline.

The Olympic Development Team will also be named following the conclusion of competition.


IJF World Championships, Aug. 26-Sept. 1, Rio de Janeiro

Olympic bronze medalist Marti Malloy claimed the silver medal Wednesday at the IJF World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, which will play host to the 2016 Olympic Games. Her only loss in the 57kg class was to Brazil’s Rafaela Silva in the championship match. Silva is ranked No. 4 in the world. Earlier, Malloy defeated third-ranked Miryam Roper of Germany.

Kayla Harrison, a gold medalist in London, has been sidelined with a knee injury and did not compete.

Myles Porter, a two-time Paralympian who hopes to qualify for both the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, will compete Saturday in the men’s 100kg weight class.

“This is my first able-body worlds,” Porter said. “I hope I can take the experience of two Paralympic Games as well as four or five world championships (visually impaired) into this one and do well. This is another step for me to make it hopefully to the Olympics in 2016.”


UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, Aug. 28-Sept. 1, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Lea Davison, a 2012 Olympian, helped the U.S. cross country team to a seventh-place finish in the relay at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Wednesday. The event goes through Sunday in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Also on the U.S. relay team were Kerry Werner, Neilson Powless and Stephen Ettinger.

Among the 35 U.S. cyclists at the worlds are two-time Olympian Georgia Gould and 2004 Olympian Mary McConneloug. Logan Binggeli, Aaron Gwin, Neko Mulally, Kevin Aiello and Mitch Ropelato will be in the elite men’s downhill races. Jill Kintner, a two-time titlist at the USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships, is on the elite women’s downhill team, along with Jacqueline Harmony and Anne Galyean.

UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, Aug. 29-Sept. 2, Baie-Comeau, Canada

World cup overall champion Monica Bascio and Muffy Davis won world titles on the opening day of competition in the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Canada. Bascio, a two-time silver medalist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, won the women’s H3 time trial in a time of 35:44.93. Davis, a three-time Paralympic gold medalist, won the women’s H2 time trial.

Bascio and Davis are among 27 U.S. athletes competing in the World Championships. The men’s team includes Joe Berenyi, Aaron Keith and U.S. Navy veteran Will Groulx, who each won time trial races at the world cup finals. Groulx made his world debut Thursday and earned a bronze medal in the men’s H1 time trial.


ICF Sprint World Championships, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Duisburg, Germany

U.S. kayakers Maggie Hogan and Kaitlyn McElroy qualified for the B Final Saturday in the women’s K-2 500-meter event Thursday, finishing sixth in the semifinals at the ICF Sprint World Championships in Germany.

Also in a B Final on Saturday will be Arezou Montamedi, who finished fifth in the women’s K-1 1,000-meter semifinal.

ParaCanoe World Championships, Aug. 28-Sept. 1, Duisburg, Germany

Ryan Padilla will race for a podium finish Friday in the men’s K-1 A Final and Anja Pierce is in the women’s V-1 LTA. Nik Miller made the B Final in men’s K-1 LTA.

Megan Blunk began the worlds in an impressive way Wednesday, winning two silver medals. Competing in the trunk and arms classification, she finished second in the women’s K-1 and V-1 races. She finished just half a second behind winner Emma Wiggs of Great Britain in the K-1 final.


Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, Aug. 28-Sept. 2, Gijon, Spain

Lauren Hough, a 2000 Olympian, and Reed Kessler, a 19-year-old rider who made her Olympic debut at the London 2012 Olympic Games, lead a strong U.S. jumping team into the CSIO5* Gijon FEI Nations Cup event.

Kessler, the 2012 USEF national champion in show jumping, will ride Wolf S, Soraya De L’Obstination and her own Ligist. Hough, a part of the silver medal-winning U.S. team at the FEI Nations Cup CSIO5* Rotterdam, will ride Tackeray, Reconnaissance and Every Way. Other U.S. riders are Kirsten Coe, Saer Coulter and Lucy Davis.

FEI World Driving Championships for Pairs, Aug. 29-31, Topolcianky, Slovakia

Rachael Blanchard and Scott Dancer placed among the top 15 Thursday in the opening round of competition at the FEI World Driving Championships for Pairs in Slovakia. Blanchard, making her world championship debut, was 11th. Misdee Wrigley-Miller was to compete Friday in dressage.

Also in equestrian:

Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship, Aug. 30, Tulsa, Okla.

S Sallie B. Wheeler/US National Hunter Breeding Championship, Aug. 31, Warrenton, Va.


World Junior Championships, Aug. 26-31, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Caeleb Dressel won his fourth and fifth medals Thursday at the World Junior Championships, capturing bronze in the men’s 50-meter freestyle and also bronze in the 800 free relay. He has helped the United States win 18 medals through four days of the competition, which concludes Saturday in Dubai.

Ella Eastlin had the top U.S. performance Thursday, winning silver in the women’s 200 individual medley. Justin Lynch had the top qualifying time for Friday’s finals in the men’s 50 fly, posting a time of 24.04 seconds.


ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Aug. 27-Sept. 1, Riga, Latvia

Making her Junior Grand Prix debut Thursday, Karen Chen scored 58.21 points in her short program to trail only Russia’s Maria Sotskova (59.45). Chen and Yasmin Siraj, a sixth-place finisher at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, are among 10 U.S. junior skaters competing in the season-opening Junior Grand Prix event in Riga, Latvia. Siraj is in fifth place with 51.70 points after the short program.

Americans Jordan Moeller and Jimmy Ma are also making their JGP debuts in the men’s competition. Ma is in 10th place after the short program and Moeller is 12th. Christina Zaitsev and Ernie Utah Stevens, the 2013 U.S. novice champions, are in eighth place in pairs. Two-time U.S. junior bronze medalists Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter are in second place after the short dance and Elliana Pogrebinsky and Ross Gudis are in fourth.


USA 20km Championships, Sept. 2, New Haven, Conn.

Two-time Olympian Matt Tegenkamp, the defending national champion at 20 kilometers, will return to New Haven, Conn., Monday for the USA 20km Championships. The 20km nationals are a part of the Stratton Faxon New Haven Road Race.

Tegenkamp is the leader in the USA Running Circuit standings and won the USA 10km Championships in July. Also contending for a win are Mo Trafeh, who is second in the Running Circuit standings; four-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman, and Shadrack Biwott, the third-place finisher at the 10km nationals and USA Half-Marathon Championship.

Contenders in the women’s race include Mattie Suver, Maegan Krifchin, Alisha Williams and three-time Olympian Jen Rhines.


Men’s Continental Championships, Aug. 29-Sept. 2, Santiago, Chile

U.S. heavyweight boxer Michael Hilton will face Cuba’s Leinier Pero and light heavyweight Geremias Torres will battle Ramon Luis of Cuba Friday in opening-round bouts as the Men’s Continental Championship. The medal round will be held Monday. The competition is an international ranking tournament for the 2013 AIBA World Championships.

Other U.S. boxers: Cam F. Awesome, super heavyweight; Malik Jackson, flyweight; Eduardo Martinez, bantamweight; Jamontay Clark, welterweight; LeShawn Rodriguez, middleweight.


World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships, Aug. 16-30, Henderson, Nev.

Team USA’s women’s and men’s squads will both roll for gold medals in the team finals of the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships Friday in Henderson, Nev. The U.S. men will face Finland in the title match after defeating Denmark, 1,050-973, in the semifinals Thursday. The women, who defeated Venezuela by nearly 100 pins, will face Korea for gold.

Chris Barnes, who won the all-events gold medal during qualifying, is the No. 1 men’s seed. Shannon O’Keefe won the all-events women’s gold medal.

Also in bowling:

USBC Queens, Sept. 1-8, Henderson, Nev.


IBAF AAA/18U World Cup, Aug. 30-Sept. 8, Taichung, Taiwan

The USA Baseball 18U National Team will face Korea in its opening-round game of the IBAF AAA/18U World Cup in Taiwan. Team USA will continue pool play against Italy Sunday, Australia on Monday and Cuba on Tuesday. Its scheduled opener against Colombia Friday was postponed due to rain. The second round begins Thursday.

Also in baseball:

Labor Day Cup, 18U and 16U, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, National Training Complex, Cary, N.C.


Double Fish Canadian Junior and Cadet Open, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Vancouver, B.C.

Allen Wang, who won the cadet boys’ singles gold medal last week at the North American Table Tennis Championships, is among the U.S. athletes competing at the Double Fish Canadian Junior and Cadet Open in Vancouver, B.C. Others on the U.S. team include Kunal Chodri and Kanak Jha. The tournament is a points qualifier for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.


UANA Youth Pan American Championship, Aug. 25-31, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The USA Water Polo Women’s Youth National Team won all four preliminary-round matches, and will play Puerto Rico on Friday in the semifinals of the UANA Youth Pan American Championship in Argentina. Kelsey Tyler and Aria Fischer each scored four goals a 23-1 win Thursday over host Argentina.

The U.S. men also won their first four matches before losing 15-13 to Brazil Thursday. The men’s semifinals are also scheduled for Friday, followed by the medal round Saturday.


Junior Pan American Championships, Aug. 26-31, Medellin, Colombia

Rey Simon of the United States won silver in the male 12-13 Kumite 35-kilogram class at the Junior Pan American Championships in Colombia. The tournament for juniors and cadets continues through Saturday.


World Inline Speed Skating Championships, Aug. 23-31, Oostende, Belgium

Marathon races Saturday will be the final event in the World Inline Speed Skating Championships. Competition will be held in senior women and men, and junior women and men.


IWWF Wakeboard World Championships, Aug. 28-Sept. 1, Busan, South Korea

Andrew Adkison, Austin Hair, Melissa Marquardt and Raimi Merritt are competing in the open division for defending world champion United States at the IWWF Wakeboard World Championships in South Korea. Other members of the U.S. team: Jeff Barton, veteran men; Noah Flegel, junior men; James Loisel, boys; Taylor McCullough, girls.

Also in water skiing:

Disabled Water Ski World Championships, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Milan, Italy

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