June 28, 2007
Love at first sound. Once some of the media members heard Anna Kournikova's voice during a conference call Wednesday hyping her return to the World TeamTennis Pro League, they showered her with love. Makes sense for fans, but journalists? Yes, practically everyone fell in love with the Russian bombshell during her debut at the U.S. Open in 1996, but that's all. Nothing more than love. Sort of like her singles career in which she never won a major tournament. The retired pro is stuck at love, and on the second question a reporter asked about her upcoming schedule with the Sacramento Capitals.
July 30, 2006
NEWPORT BEACH ? Russia-born Anastassia Rodionova appeared relaxed and loose. She was decked out in a baseball cap and sunglasses, her bronzed skin glistening. She looked every bit the Southern California girl, and she was holding court at the Palisades Tennis Club. Rodionova has had a busy, if up and down season, playing a league-high 109 games and going 53-56 in women's singles in the regular season. Before the season started, Newport Beach Coach Dick Leach said Rodionova was the key to the team's success.
July 21, 2005
Jeff Powers, a former UC Irvine All-American, scored four goals to help the U.S. men's national water polo team defeat Cuba, 13-6, at the FINA World Championships in Montreal Wednesday. Team USA's Tony Azevedo led all scorers with five goals. Ryan Bailey, another former Anteater standout, scored once while UCI product Rick Merlo did not score in 12 minutes of action. Goalie Brandon Brooks had six saves for the Americans. The U.S. (2-0) plays Serbia and Montenegro, also 2-0, in group play Friday.
July 10, 2005
The visiting Newport Beach Breakers defeated the Sacramento Capitals Friday night, 23-17, to improve to 3-0 in World Team Tennis. The only other unbeaten team in the league is the New York Sportimes, also at 3-0. The Breakers received wins by Ramon Delgado in men's singles, Katerina Bondarenko in women's singles, Delgado and Anastassia Rodionova in mixed doubles as well as Bondarenko and Rodionova in women's doubles....
July 5, 2005
Chris Yemma There's more on the line in this season opener than Dick Leach would like to think about. But entering his third year as coach of World Team Tennis' Newport Beach Breakers, the former USC head man has been in this position before. When the Breakers open their season tonight at 7 against the visiting Springfield Lasers at Palisades Tennis Club, Leach will face Leach in a father vs. son matchup. Rick Leach, Dick's son, is a player for the Lasers.
April 19, 2005
The defending World Team Tennis champion Newport Beach Breakers will open their season July 5 and their seven home matches include a July 7 visit by the Sacramento Capitals, who feature Anna Kournikova. The Philadelphia Freedoms, whose roster includes Patrick Rafter, a singles champion at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, are scheduled to visit the Palisades Tennis Club July 11. Maria Sharapova, who won Wimbledon in 2004, is the marquee player on the Breakers' roster, which also includes returner Ramon Delgado, as well as newcomers Katarina Bondarenko, Anastassia Rodionova, and Estancia High product Devin Bowen.
August 26, 2004
Bryce Alderton The Newport Beach Breakers have made it -- to the "Big Apple," that is. In just its second season of existence, the World Team Tennis squad from Newport Beach qualified for the league's playoffs after finishing 8-6, good for second place in the Western Conference. The Breakers face the Sacramento Capitals (13-1), champions of the Western Conference, in one league semifinal at a time to be determined Friday at the United States Tennis Association National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., site of next week's U.S. Open.
July 21, 2004
Rick Devereux The Newport Beach Breakers looked broken Tuesday night in a 25-13 loss to the Sacramento Capitals and the main reason was Mark Knowles. Knowles stole the show away from the Bryan brothers, playing for Newport and facing their father for the second time in as many nights. "It's very tough, Wayne Bryan said about coaching against his sons. "I'm conflicted because I want my team to do well, but I also want my boys to play well." Knowles played extremely well for Sacramento (11-1)