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Cilic, Nishikori set for rematch in today's Citi Open semifinals

From Sun staff and news services
It's not the U.S. Open final, but once again it's Marin Cilic vs. Kei Nishikori.

Exactly 11 months after meeting in the U.S. Open final, Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori will face each other again on a hard court. This time, it'll be in today's semifinals of the Citi Open, a tuneup event for the year's last Grand Slam tournament. Reigning U.S. Open champion Cilic moved into the final four in Washington for the first time since 2010 by beating 18-year-old Alexander Zverev, 7-5, 7-6 (3), on Friday. Earlier, the second-seeded Nishikori withstood 15 aces and managed to break Sam Groth's big serve twice for a 6-4, 6-4 victory. On Sept. 8, 2014, Cilic beat Nishikori in straight sets at Flushing Meadows, the only Grand Slam title match for either. They have not played each other since. "Emotions-wise, it's going to be completely different. For the Slam final, we were both pretty nervous," the third-seeded Cilic said. "I'm going to, for sure, take out some things, some critical things, that were working for me to be able to get the win." Said Nishikori: "For me, it's great motivation to play Marin." "I'm sure that I am a better player than last year," added Nishikori, the only Japanese man to participate in a major final. "I think I have more patience and [am] a more solid baseline player and I try to be a little more aggressive than before." This the first time the Citi Open field included both men's finalists from the previous year's U.S. Open. "Win or lose," Cilic said, "it's going to give me a lot of feedback for my game." On the other half of the draw, eighth-seeded John Isner — twice the runner-up in Washington — delivered 20 aces and defeated Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. In an all-U.S. semifinal, Isner will face 55th-ranked Steve Johnson, who beat yet another American, 15th-seeded Jack Sock, 7-6 (5), 6-1 in Friday's last match. In the women's quarterfinals, 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur advanced when Monica Niculescu stopped playing because of a left abdominal strain while trailing 4-0. Stosur faces Sloane Stephens today. Stephens picked up a 6-4, 6-4 victory over 19-year-old wild-card entry Louisa Chirico. The other women's semifinal will be No. 1-seeded Ekaterina Makarova against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Makarova beat No. 6 Irina-Camelia Begu, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, while Pavlyuchenkova edged Christina McHale, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (5).

Et cetera

Hopkins alum Rabil among 5 Lizards on All-MLL team

Five players from the top-seeded New York Lizards were named to the All-Major League Lacrosse team. The team has attackmen Jordan Wolf, Rochester Rattlers; Rob Pannell, Lizards; and Kieran McArdle, Florida Launch; faceoff specialist Greg Gurenlian, Lizards; midfielders Tom Schreiber, Ohio Machine; Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins), Lizards; Drew Snider, Denver Outlaws; defensemen Tucker Durkin (Johns Hopkins), Launch; Joe Fletcher (Loyola Maryland), Lizards; Scott Ratliff (Loyola Maryland), Boston Cannons; and Joel White, Rattlers; and goalie Drew Adams, Lizards. The Lizards will face the Rattlers for the championship at 7 tonight in Kennesaw, Ga.

WNBA: Alex Bentley scored a career-high 31 points to help the host Connecticut Sun (11-9) earn an 86-72 win over the Washington Mystics (12-8), ending its seven-game losing streak against the Eastern Conference. Emma Meesseman scored 15 points for the Mystics (12-8), who lost for just the second time in their past eight games. The teams will play again Sunday in Washington. ... Marissa Coleman (Maryland) scored 19 points to lead five Indiana players in double figures as the Fever (12-9) rolled to a 106-77 win over the Atlanta Dream (7-14), lost its sixth straight game despite getting 23 points from Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances).

Football: USA Football and the Ravens awarded football equipment and uniform grants to Hamilton Unlimited Youth Optimist of Baltimore; Joppatowne High; Northeast Youth Assn. of Towson; Northwest Bulldogs youth football/cheer of Randallstown; Secret Society Panthers Youth Football of Randallstown; Severna Park Green Hornets' Youth Football and West Manheim Elementary Football Association of Hanover, Pa.

Kayaking: Aaron Mann of Bethesda overcame a bout of vertigo to qualify 40th for the K1 semifinals at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 4 in Seu D'urgell, Spain. Ashley Nee of Darnestown, the Pan American Games bronze medalist, qualified 29th for the K1 women.

Men's college soccer: Navy announced its eight-member incoming Class of 2019, which includes forward Daniel Kwon (Severna Park).

Women's college soccer: Johns Hopkins is ranked fifth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III poll.

College rowing: St. Mary's added men's and women's rowing as varsity sports starting in 2016-17 and named Daniel Hagelberg coach. Rowing will not conduct a varsity schedule until the 2016-17 academic year. Women's rowing will be affiliated with NCAA Division III and the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference, while the men's team will compete as part of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association and the MARC.

 

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