Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Schnack seeded in Redding, new rankings, etc.

  Eighth-seeded Yasmin Schnack of Elk Grove is scheduled to face lucky loser Yolande Leacock of Trinidad and Tobago today in the first round of the $25,000 Oak River Rehab Challenger at Sun Oaks Tennis & Fitness in Redding.
  In her professional debut last year, Schnack reached the Redding singles quarterfinals and won the doubles title with Sacramento native Christina Fusano.
   Schnack, who graduated from UCLA in 2010, is seeded first in doubles this year with former USC rival Maria Sanchez of Modesto. Fusano, 30, recently retired to become an assistant coach at UC Davis.
  Italy's Camila Giorgi, the No. 1 singles seed in Redding, is set to open against qualifier Tori Kinard of Pasadena on Wednesday.
   The 19-year-old Giorgi, ranked 154th in the world, won a $50,000 tournament in Carson in May and qualified for Wimbledon in June, losing in the first round to eventual quarterfinalist and 2010 semifinalist Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.
   Schnack, 23, is one of three current or former Sacramento Capitals in the Redding singles draw. She completed her first season with the World TeamTennis franchise in July. In 2008, Tammy Hendler of Belgium played 14 matches for the Capitals at 15 years old and Olga Puchkova of Russia two.
   Mike Bryan fined -- Former Stanford All-American Mike Bryan received the maximum on-site fine of $10,000 for an off-court unsportsmanlike conduct violation after he and brother Bob, the top-ranked men's doubles team in the world, lost in the first round of the U.S. Open.
   The nature of the infraction was not revealed because Bryan can appeal the fine.
   The 33-year-old twins, who have a squeaky clean image, had not lost in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament in 10 years.  
   Men's Futures -- Seventh-seeded Kiryl Harbatsiuk, a Belarus native who graduated from Sacramento State in May, is scheduled to play Darian King of Barbados today in the first round of the $10,000 Pomona Valley Hospital USTA Pro Circuit Event in Claremont.
   Also today, second-seeded Harbatsiuk and Boris Nicola Bakalov of Bulgaria will face Jeremy Hunter Nicholas of the United States and Javier Pulgar-Garcia of Spain in the opening round of doubles.
   New rankings -- Following are this week's world rankings of players with Northern California ties (change from last week in parentheses):  
Men
   Bob Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 1 in doubles (no change), no singles ranking.
   Mike Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 1 in doubles (no change), no singles ranking.
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- Career-high-tying No. 26 in doubles (+2), no singles ranking.
   Mark Knowles, Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis (2001-07, 2009-11) -- No. 39 in doubles (+1), no singles ranking.
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 41 in singles (+2), No. 92 in doubles (+4).
   David Martin, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 99 in doubles (+6), No. 705 in singles (-4).
   John Paul Fruttero, Cal All-American in 2001 and 2002 -- Career-high No. 146 in doubles (+6), 1,235 in singles (-1).
   Conor Niland, 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year and two-time All-American at Cal -- No. 207 in singles (-10), no doubles ranking. 
   Jimmy Wang, Folsom resident -- No. 389 in singles (+1), No. 678 in doubles (+4).
   Dusan Vemic, Capitals (2010-11) -- No. 508 in doubles (-5), No. 1,515 in singles (-7).
   Kiryl Harbatsiuk, three-time Big Sky Conference MVP (2009-11) at Sacramento State -- No. 765 in singles (+2), No. 1,224 in doubles (+1).
Women
   Vania King, Capitals (2010-11) -- No. 9 in doubles (-2), No. 94 in singles (+9).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 50 in doubles (+3), no singles ranking.
   Yasmin Schnack, Elk Grove resident, Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis (2011) -- No. 223 in doubles (-3), No. 379 in singles (+1).
  

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