Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: June 10, 2013
|Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan pose with the trophy after victory in the men's doubles final against Michael Llorda and Nicolas Mahut of France during the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, France, on June 8, 2013.|
Four-time Olympic champion Serena Williams and 2012 Olympic gold medalists Bob and Mike Bryan added to their impressive list of Grand Slam titles with championships Saturday at the French Open in Paris.
Williams won her 16th Grand Slam women’s singles title, but just her second in the French Open, which she had not won since 2002. The Bryan twins won their record 14th men’s doubles title a decade after grabbing their first at the 2003 French Open.
Williams defeated Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 6-4, in the women’s singles final.
“I was so nervous,” said Williams, who has now won 31 straight matches. “I’m usually not this nervous before a match. … I’m glad I got through this one because I’ve played nervous before and I’ve lost a few times. I was really happy to win this one."
The victory represented a big turnaround from last year at Roland Garros, when Williams was knocked out in the first round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career. Williams joined Hall of Famers Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf as the only women to win every Grand Slam tournament at least twice.
The Bryan twins defeated France’s Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6.
“This is the first one we won back in the day and kind of launched our career,” Mike Bryan said. “This is the toughest Slam to win, I think. Clay is an equalizer and makes a lot of teams better."
With wins in the Australian Open and French Open, the Bryan brothers became the first men’s doubles team to win the first two Grand Slam titles since 1967. The next Grand Slam is Wimbledon, which begins June 25. That’s where both Williams and the Bryan brothers won gold medals last summer at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Defender Brad Evans scored the game-winner on Friday to give the U.S. men a crucial road victory over Jamaica in World Cup qualifying.
The goal capped off a crazy ending. The U.S. men, buoyed by Jozy Altidore’s 30th-minute goal, allowed Jermaine Beckford to tie the game for Jamaica with less than two minutes to play. But Evans grabbed the lead back two minutes into stoppage time to secure the victory in Kingston, Jamaica.
Evans scored the goal — his first with the national team — off a pass from midfielder Michael Bradley just after a corner kick. Graham Zusi, who assisted Altidore’s goal, played the ball back to Bradley on the winning corner kick conversion.
The U.S. men earned three critical points with the victory and are currently in second place in the Hexagonal. The top three teams will automatically advance to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The 2014 World Cup Qualifying process continues for the U.S. men Tuesday with a home game in Seattle against Panama at 6:30 p.m. PT. The U.S. men’s team has another home qualifier June 18 against Honduras in Sandy, Utah.
TRACK AND FIELD
U.S. Paralympian Richard Browne unofficially tied the world record in the men's 100-meter (T44) race Saturday at the Star Athletics Sprint Meet in Monteverde, Fla., with a time of 10.85 in a 1.7 wind. The competition is not sanctioned by the International Paralympic Committee, the global governing body for Paralympic athletics.
London 2012 Paralympic Games gold medalist Jonnie Peacock of Great Britain set the current world record June 30 at the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Trials - Track and Field in Indianapolis. Peacock and Browne went 1-2 in London.
Browne competes next at the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships, June 14-16, in San Antonio, Texas. The competition serves as the U.S. qualification opportunity for the IPC Athletics World Championships, July 19-28, in Lyon, France.
Meanwhile, in Eugene, Ore., Olympians Brigetta Barrett and Emma Coburn repeated as champions at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships.
Arizona’s Barrett won her sixth NCAA high jump title, her third outdoor to go along with three indoor crowns.
Colorado’s Coburn won her second championship in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
Also in Oregon, Mary Cain set an American high school record for the second straight weekend when she ran 15:45.46 for 5000 meters at the Portland Track Festival. The 17-year-old has now qualified for three USATF Championships races.
Elsewhere, Rudy Winkler (hammer), Chase Madison (discus), Corey White (javelin) and Russ Winger (shot put) were the top men’s finishers at the Chicagoland Summer Throws Series in Lisle, Ill.
Gwen Berry, Gia Lewis-Smallwood, Kim Hamilton and Jeneva McCall led the women.
Two-time Olympian Chloe Sutton dominated the distance events at the Fran Crippen Memorial Meet of Champions held over the weekend in Mission Viejo, Calif. She won the 400-, 800- and 1,500-meter freestyle events and placed second in the 200. Tom Shields, a three-time world short course medalist, won both the 100 and 200 fly.
For a full list of results, click here.
Jason Turner won the 10-meter air pistol title last week before adding the free pistol title Sunday at the USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle & Pistol at Fort Benning, Ga.
Four-time Olympian Daryl Szarenski finished second to Turner in the free pistol on a tiebreaker when Turner hit more center shots, 17-12.
Brian Beaman took third and will join Turner and Szarenski in representing the United States at the World Cup in July in Granada, Spain.
Other titles determined Sunday went to: Alex Chichkov in junior free pistol, John Joss in Paralympic 10-meter air rifle prone, Teresa Meyer Chambers in women’s 25-meter sport pistol and Cindy Chung in junior women’s sport pistol.
Sandra Uptagrafft and Brenda Silva finished second and third in the women's sport pistol and will be on the national team for the World Cup along with Meyer Chambers.
Connor Davis still qualifies as a junior, but he won the men’s air rifle title Saturday.
“I didn’t expect to win, just to do well,” said Davis, who made the national team with his win. “I was really confident for the juniors’ championship, but to win the full men’s open national championship is really special."
Davis, second-place Dempster Christenson and third-place Bryant Wallizer will head to the World Cup. Davis also won the junior title.
Sarah Beard, in women’s three-position rifle, and Rachel Martin, in junior women’s three-position rifle, also won titles Saturday.
Beard, second-place Emily Holsopple and third-place Sarah Scherer earned World Cup spots.
Four-time Olympian Emil Milev won the rapid fire pistol title Friday.
Keith Sanderson, a two-time Olympian who was second, and Brad Balsley, who was third, will join Milev at the World Cup.
Elsewhere, 2012 Olympian Josh Richmond is part of a 22-person U.S. Shotgun Team that is in Nicosia, Cyprus, for the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup Monday through Sunday.
Travis Noe scored three goals and assisted on another Saturday when the United States defeated Sweden 6-3 for the gold medal at the IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship in Dresden, Germany. The United States rallied from a 2-1 deficit after one period to become the first team to capture the championship of the tournament six times in its 17-year history. Jerry Kuhn made 28 saves in the win.
Olympic medalist Brady Ellison won the senior men’s recurve title at the National Field Championships, which were held Friday and Saturday in Eagle Lake, Texas. Heather Koehl won the senior women’s recurve championship. Ben Rogers and Rebecca Nelson-Harris won the senior barebow titles. Jesse Broadwater and Jamie Van Natta won the senior compound titles.
The U.S. men won for the first time under new coach John Speraw when they defeated Argentina, 22-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-16 in an FIVB World League match Saturday in Wichita, Kan. Matt Anderson was named Player of the Match, leading all scorers with 18 points on a match-high 14 kills, two blocks and two aces. The United States, which lost to Argentina Friday, is 1-1 in Pool A.
Elsewhere, the U.S. women are in Lima, Peru, where they will begin defense of their Pan American Cup title, playing in their first tournament of the season with pool matches Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The teams of Stafford Slick-Casey Jennings and Emily Day-Whitney Pavlik gave the United States a sweep of the titles Sunday in the NORCECA Beach Circuit event in Toluca, Mexico.
Day-Pavlik defeated Summer Ross-Heather Hughes in an all-American semifinal earlier in the day.
Elsewhere, Tara Roenicke and Kirby Burnham were eliminated in the round of 16 to finish tied for ninth at the FIVB U-23 World Championships in Myslowice, Poland.
Both U.S. men’s teams finished tied for 17th.
The U.S. women defeated France 13-10 Friday night in Oxnard, Calif., in the first in a series of three friendly matches. Sarah Chobot had the only try while Sadie Anderson converted a try and two penalty kicks in the win. The teams play again Tuesday and Friday.
Elsewhere, the U.S. men fell to Ireland, 15-12, Saturday in front of a record crowd of 20,181 in Houston.
Rebecca Sereda won her second consecutive all-around title Saturday at the U.S. Championships in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The Long Beach Junior Crew produced two gold medals and two bronzes at the USRowing Youth National Championships Friday through Sunday in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Leslie Howard and Lennox Lewis 2 won the Nexen Cup 1.60m Derby Sunday in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Elsewhere, William Coleman III and Phillip Dutton won CCI3* and CIC3* divisions at the Todd Sandler Challenge, the Three-Day Event in Bromont, Quebec, Canada.
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org. Material from various news services and press releases from National Governing Bodies was used to compile this report. This story was not subject to the approval of any National Governing Bodies.