Thursday, December 29, 2011

Year-end rankings released; junior Winter Nationals

   The year-end men's and women's world rankings feature three players with Northern California connections in the top 10 in doubles and three in the top 100 in singles.
   Former Stanford All-Americans Bob and Mike Bryan, the twin sons of Sacramento Capitals coach Wayne Bryan, ended the year No. 1 in doubles for the third straight year and record seventh overall. They also broke John McEnroe's record of 270 weeks at No. 1.
   Vania King of the Capitals slipped from fourth to sixth in women's doubles. She and Yaroslava Shvedova failed to win a Grand Slam title, falling 7-6 in the third set of the U.S. Open final to Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond, after winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year.
   Dmitry Tursunov, a Russian living in the Sacramento area, jumped from No. 157 to No. 40 in singles. The 29-year-old Moscow native had plunged from a career-high No. 20 in 2006 to No. 526 last year after undergoing three operations on his left ankle or foot between April 2009 and February 2010.
   Sam Querrey knows all about physical problems, too. The San Francisco native, 6-foot-6, fell through a glass table and gashed his right arm in 2009 and underwent operations for bone spurs in his elbow and an umbilical infection last summer. He plummeted from No. 18, one spot below his career high in January, to No. 93 this year.  
   King, who's listed at 5-5, improved from No. 86 in singles to No. 76.
   Following are the 2011 year-end world rankings of professional players with Northern California ties (change from last year in parentheses):
Great year
   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 (+242), unranked in singles.
Good year
   Vania King, Capitals (2010-11) -- No. 6 in doubles (-2), No. 76 in singles (+10).
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 40 in singles (+157), No. 237 in doubles (-116).
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 29 in doubles (+30), unranked in singles.
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 37 in doubles (+26), No. 721 in singles (-45).
   Jimmy Wang, Folsom resident -- No. 274 in singles (+523), No. 522 in doubles (unranked at end of 2010).
   Yasmin Schnack, Elk Grove resident, Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis (2011) -- No. 181 in doubles (approximately No. 500 at end of 2010), No. 412 in singles (+180).
   Maria Sanchez, Modesto resident -- No. 268 in doubles (in college at end of 2010), No. 696 in singles (in college at end of 2010).
   Kiryl Harbatsiuk, three-time Big Sky Conference MVP (2009-11) at Sacramento State -- No. 763 in singles (+134), No. 1,245 in doubles (-626).
 Fair year
    David Martin, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 105 in doubles (-3), No. 755 in singles (+138).
Bad year
   Sam Querrey, San Francisco native -- No. 93 in singles (-75), No. 38 in doubles (-8).
   Mark Knowles, Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis (2001-07, 2009-11) -- No. 58 in doubles (-30), unranked in singles.
   Conor Niland, 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year and two-time All-American at Cal -- No. 286 in singles (-157), unranked in doubles (No. 877 at end of 2010).
   Dusan Vemic, Capitals (2010-11) -- No. 500 in doubles (-436), No. 1,510 in singles (no ranking at end of 2010).
   National junior tournament -- Three Northern Californians reached the third round of boys 18 singles Wednesday at the USTA Winter National Championships in Scottsdale, Ariz. Advancing were 11th-seeded Andrew Ball of Palo Alto, 17th-seeded Richard Pham of Saratoga and unseeded Michael Guzman of Napa.
   Also reaching the third round were:
   --Collin Altamirano (17) of Yuba City and Logan Staggs of Tracy in boys 16 singles.
   --Ayla Aksu of San Francisco and Paige Cline of Kentfield in girls 16 singles.
   Moving into the round of 16 in Tucson, Ariz., were:
   --Catherine Bellis (22) of Atherton and Jenna Friedel (31) of Mill Valley in girls 14 singles. 
   --Sam Riffice (3) of Roseville, Paul Barretto (21) of Bel Tiburon and Jenson Brooksby (22) of Sacramento in boys 12 singles.

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