Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ex-Cal star reaches career-high No. 30 in doubles

   After reaching the doubles final in Doha, Qatar, last week, former Cal All-American Raquel Kops-Jones improved nine spots to a career-high No. 30 Monday in the WTA rankings.
   Kops-Jones, a 29-year-old doubles specialist from Fresno, has played in four tournaments this year, all with Abigail Spears of San Diego. They have reached two finals and one semifinal and lost in the first round of the Australian Open.
   Kops-Jones, the 2003 NCAA doubles champion with Sacramento native Christina Fusano, has won four WTA doubles titles. Her latest crown came last September in Quebec City with Spears.
   Also reaching career highs Monday were ex-Cal All-American John Paul Fruttero (No. 105 in doubles) of San Jose, Modesto's Maria Sanchez (No. 215 in doubles and No. 600 in singles) and Sacramento-area resident Yasmin Schnack (No. 376 in singles).
   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.
   Mardy Fish, Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis (2012) -- No. 8 in singles (no change), No. 103 in doubles (+4).
   John Paul Fruttero, Cal All-American in 2001 and 2002 -- Career-high No. 105 in doubles (+5), unranked in singles.
   Kiryl Harbatsiuk, three-time Big Sky Conference MVP (2009-11) at Sacramento State -- No. 764 in singles (no change), No. 1,244 in doubles (+1).
   Mark Knowles, Capitals (2001-07, 2009-11) -- No. 61 in doubles (+2), unranked in singles.
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 28 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   David Martin, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 161 in doubles (no change), No. 757 in singles (no change).
   Conor Niland, 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year and two-time All-American at Cal -- No. 309 in singles (-2), unranked in doubles.
   Sam Querrey, San Francisco native -- No. 99 in singles (-14), No. 40 in doubles (-1).
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 63 in singles (-11), No. 210 in doubles (+1).
   Dusan Vemic, Capitals (2010-11) -- No. 644 in doubles (+1), No. 1,498 in singles (+4).
   Jimmy Wang, Folsom resident -- No. 224 in singles (+2), No. 486 in doubles (no change).
Women
   Vania King, Capitals (2010-11) -- No. 6 in doubles (no change), No. 57 in singles (no change).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- Career-high No. 30 in doubles (+9), No. 714 in singles (+8).
   Maria Sanchez, Modesto resident -- Career-high No. 215 in doubles (+15), career-high No. 600 in singles (+5).
   Yasmin Schnack, Elk Grove resident, Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis (2011) -- No. 182 in doubles (-3), career-high No. 376 in singles (+1).

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