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Capitals in first place after defeating St. Louis Aces

The Sacramento Capitals moved into first place in the Western Conference of the World TeamTennis league after defeating the St. Louis Aces 22-19 Wednesday evening at the Roseville Galleria stadium. The match featured the Aces’ Lindsay Davenport, a former Capital and women’s number one tennis player. Davenport played in the mixed doubles, women’s doubles and women’s singles sets.

Davenport took an early lead in the women’s singles set, pulling ahead 3-0 over Sacramento’s Vania King. King rallied, winning four games in a row before Lindsay tied the set at 4-4. King finally prevailed 5-4 (5-3 tiebreaker).

The opening mixed doubles set gave St. Louis an early advantage when Aces Davenport and Andrei Pavel outplayed Capitals King and Mark Knowles, winning 5-2.

The women’s doubles set was more closely contested with the players tied twice in the set. Sacramento won the 33-minute set 5-4 on a 5-2 tiebreaker. Liga Dekmeijere joined Davenport for the Aces and Riza Zalameda joined King for the Capitals.

The men’s singles set also lasted a little longer than a half hour (31 minutes) when Sacramento’s Dusan Vemic dueled with St. Louis’ Pavel. This set was also close, with two game ties before Vemic outlasted Pavel to win 5-4. Pavel seemed frustrated with his play during the evening and demonstrated it by bashing tennis balls skyward, hitting the net and his own athletic bag in frustration.

As the final set opened, the match score was tied 17-17. King’s preceding victory over Davenport gave Sacramento the momentum needed to finish the night with a 5-2 victory in the men’s doubles set.

Davenport joined the Capitals players on the court after the match to sign autographs for the younger spectators.


The Capitals and youth players huddle prior to Wednesday’s match at the Roseville Galleria.


Sacramento’s Mark Knowles during the mixed doubles set.


Vania King serves during the mixed doubles set.


St. Louis Aces Lindsay Davenport and Andrei Pavel


Wednesday’s match was well-attended.


Sacramento’s Vania King (foreground) and Riza Zalameda in the women’s doubles set.


St. Louis’ Liga Dekmeijere teamed up with Davenport in the women’s doubles set.


Sacramento’s Dusan Vemic awaits a serve during the men’s singles set.


Aces player Andrei Pavel returns a shot during the men’s singles set.


The ball flattens as it is hit by Vemic’s raquet in Wednesday’s match.


Lindsay Davenport in the women’s singles set.


Sacramento Capitals coach Wayne Bryan encourages his team at Wednesday’s match. Sacramento defeated St. Louis 22-19.


Sacramento players rush the court to celebrate Vania King’s come-from-behind victory in the women’s singles match.


Players sign autographs after Wednesday’s match at the Roseville Galleria.


Photos by Ron Nabity. Additional photos from the match can be viewed here .


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