Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Farren advances, Hardebeck ousted in Orange Bowl

   Connor Farren of Hillsborough defeated Vlad Victor Cornea of Romania 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 Monday in the first round of boys 18 singles at the prestigious Orange Bowl in Plantation, Fla.
   Farren will meet the winner of today's match between 16th-seeded Hassan Ndayishimiye of Burundi, a nation of 10 million people in south central Africa, and qualifier John Harrison Richmond of Pawleys Island, S.C.
   Krista Hardebeck, a wild card from Santa Ana who will be a freshman at Stanford next fall, lost to third-seeded Indy De Vroome, a 15-year-old Dutch player with the perfect name for a race car driver, 7-5, 6-3 in opening round of girls 18 singles.
   Mary Closs of Menlo Park fell to eighth-seeded Anna Maria Heil of Austria 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of girls 16 singles.
   Scheduled to play first-round singles matches today are top-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria, Mackenzie McDonald of Piedmont and Stanford-bound Trey Strobel of Bradenton, Fla., in boys 18 singles and No. 1 seed Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in girls 18 singles.
   Thiem, 18, reached the final of this year's French Open boys tournament and beat former world No. 1 Thomas Muster, 44, in the first round at Vienna on the ATP World Tour in October. Bouchard, 17, won the 2011 Wimbledon girls doubles title with Grace Min of Lawrenceville, Ga.
   The Orange Bowl, in its 65th year, is being played on clay for the first time since 1998. Former champions include Roger Federer, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Jim Courier, Andy Roddick, Chris Evert, Gabriela Sabatini, Vera Zvonareva and Anna Kournikova.
   New rankings -- Following are this week's world rankings of professional 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), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   John Paul Fruttero, Cal All-American in 2001 and 2002 -- Career-high No. 117 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Kiryl Harbatsiuk, three-time Big Sky Conference MVP (2009-11) at Sacramento State -- No. 762 in singles (no change), No. 1,247 in doubles (+8).
   Mark Knowles, Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis (2001-07, 2009-11) -- No. 58 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 29 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   David Martin, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 105 in doubles (no change), No. 753 in singles (no change).
    Conor Niland, 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year and two-time All-American at Cal -- No. 286 in singles (+1), unranked in doubles.
   Sam Querrey, San Francisco native -- No. 93 in singles (no change), No. 38 in doubles (no change).
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 40 in singles (no change), No. 236 in doubles
(+1).
   Dusan Vemic, Capitals (2010-11) -- No. 498 in doubles (+3), No. 1,513 in singles (+1).
   Jimmy Wang, Folsom resident -- No. 275 in singles (-1), No. 524 in doubles (-1).
Women
   Vania King, Capitals (2010-11) -- No. 6 in doubles (no change), No. 76 in singles (no change).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 37 in doubles (no change), No. 721 in singles (no change).
   Maria Sanchez, Modesto resident -- No. 266 in doubles (-1), No. 696 in singles (-2).
   Yasmin Schnack, Elk Grove resident, Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis (2011) -- Career-high No. 179 in doubles (no change), No. 414 in singles (-3).

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