3 LSU women golfers participating in tourney
LJUBJANA, Slovenia — Three LSU women’s golfers took part in the opening round of the European Golf Association’s Ladies Amateur Team Championship on Tuesday at the Golf and Country Club of Ljubjana.
Senior-to-be Madelene Sagstrom’s Swedish team got off to a good start in the play six, count five system that will determine the flights for match play after Wednesday’s second round of qualifying. Sagstrom shot 3-over 74 and her team posted a team total of 1-under par 354 to stand tied with Italy at 1-under. England is the team leader at 3-under par 352.
Sagstrom is tied for 59th place after the opening round.
Denmark, with sophomore-to-be Caroline Nistrup on the team, is ninth at 6-over par 361, with Nistrup recording a 4-over 75, putting her in 70th place. Austria is in a tie for 15th at 18-over par 373 as LSU junior-to-be Nadine Dreher posted a 5-over 76. She is tied for 85th.
Play continues Wednesday and runs through Saturday.
Moore, top WNBA All-Star vote getters
NEW YORK — Minnesota star Maya Moore is the leading vote-getter for the WNBA All-Star game.
She will start for the Western Conference alongside Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner, Tulsa’s Skylar Diggins and Los Angeles’ Candace Parker.
The third-leading vote getter at guard in the Western Conference was former LSU star Seimone Augustus, who plays for Minnesota.
Elena Delle Donne received the most votes in the Eastern Conference, earning her second straight trip to the All-Star game. She became the first rookie to lead the league’s All-Star balloting last year, but wasn’t able to play after she suffered a concussion a few days before the game.
Delle Donne is sidelined with a flare-up of Lyme Disease and has only played once for Chicago in the past 10 games.
New York’s Cappie Pondexter, Indiana’s Tamika Catchings, and Atlanta’s Shoni Schimmel and Angel McCoughtry round out the rest of the East starters for the July 19 game in Phoenix.
Former LSU standout Sylvia Fowles, who plays for Chicago in the Eastern Conference, was the eighth-leading vote getter among frontcourt players.
Reserves will be announced next Tuesday.
Top-seeded Isner advances at Newport
BOSTON — Top-seeded John Isner advanced to the second round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships with a 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory Tuesday over fellow American Wayne Odesnik.
The 6-foot-10 Isner rode his powerful serve, at one point topping 137 mph. He had 19 aces and only two double-faults.
Nicolas Mahut, the No. 4 seed, defeated Facundo Arguello of Argentina, 7-6 (1), 6-4.
Cuevas knocks Chardy out of Swedish Open
BASTAD, Sweden — Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay won for just the fourth time this year when he ousted sixth-seeded Jeremy Chardy of France 6-2, 6-2 in under an hour in the first round of the Swedish Open on Tuesday.
Chardy was coming off a fourth-round appearance at Wimbledon.
Another player to end a drought was eighth-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain, who won for the first time since April at the expense of Dustin Brown of Germany, 6-3, 6-4.
Carlos Berlocq of Argentina began his title defense with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Julian Reister of Germany.
Victor Hanescu of Romania advanced in straight sets to line up with top-seeded David Ferrer, who had a first-round bye.
Defending champ Meusburger wins
BAD GASTEIN, Austria — Defending champion Yvonne Meusburger edged Tereza Smitkova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (9), 4-6, 7-5 in the first round of the Gastein Ladies on Tuesday.
Compiled from a news release and The Associated Press
The sixth-seeded Austrian won four straight games from 5-3 down in the final set to close out the victory.
Also, No. 4 Andrea Petkovic of Germany beat Jana Cepelova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (8), 7-5; No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine downed Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria 6-1, 6-4; and No. 7 Camila Giorgi of Italy defeated last year’s finalist, Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-3.