Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Liezel, Lisa loom large after rare feat; new rankings

   Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond completed another of their patented hot streaks Sunday.
   Four times in this century, a women's doubles team has won three titles in three weeks. In each case, either Huber or Raymond has been involved.
   The American veterans accomplished the feat together for the first time, winning in Paris, Doha and Dubai in the past three weeks. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Venus and Serena Williams haven't played doubles since, what, the Clinton administration? Huber and Raymond did not enter either of this week's WTA tournaments (Acapulco and Kuala Lumpur).
   Huber pulled off a trifecta with Cara Black of Zimbabwe in 2007, and Raymond managed a three-peat with Australians Samantha Stosur in 2006 and Rennae Stubbs in 2002.
   Raymond, 38, has won 77 women's doubles titles, sixth in the Open Era (since 1968). Huber, 35, has captured 51. Each has won two crowns in the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford, but they have never done so together.
   Injury report -- Several players with Northern California ties have battled health problems this year.
   Vania King of the Sacramento Capitals in World TeamTennis has missed the last two weeks because of a hip injury. Sacramento-area resident Dmitry Tursunov, a right-hander with a two-handed backhand, has been out since last month's Australian Open because of a left wrist injury, according to his manager. Former Sacramento State star Kiryl Harbatsiuk has been out all year with a bad case of the flu.
  And Andy Roddick, who has won the SAP Open in San Jose three times, has been plagued by hamstring and ankle injuries. Seeded fourth in the Delray Beach (Fla.) International, he's scheduled to play Philipp Petzschner of Germany tonight in the first round.
   Harbatsiuk, arguably the greatest player in Sac State history, hopes to return to the Futures circuit next month. King, ranked sixth in the world in doubles and 58th in singles, and Tursunov, a former top-20 singles player who's 0-3 this year, have not announced their plans.
   Men's pro results -- Sixth-seeded Mardy Fish of Los Angeles routed Andreas Beck of Germany 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the Dubai (United Arab Emirates) Duty Free Tennis Championships.
   Fish, the top-ranked American man or woman at No. 8 in the world, is scheduled to play two matches, both at home, for the Capitals in July.
   Jimmy Wang, a Taiwan native based in Folsom, and countryman Tsung-Hua Yang beat wild cards Yuki Bhambri of India and Liang-Chi Huang of Taiwan 6-4, 6-2 in the opening round of doubles in the Singapore Challenger.  
   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.
   Mardy Fish, Sacramento Capitals (2012) of World TeamTennis -- No. 8 in singles (no change), No. 103 in doubles (no change).
   John Paul Fruttero, Cal All-American in 2001 and 2002 -- Career-high No. 105 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Kiryl Harbatsiuk, three-time Big Sky Conference MVP (2009-11) at Sacramento State -- No. 765 in singles (-1), No. 1,248 in doubles (-4).
   Mark Knowles, Capitals (2001-07, 2009-11) -- No. 61 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 33 in doubles (-5), unranked in singles.
   David Martin, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 157 in doubles (+4), No. 757 in singles (no change).
   Conor Niland, 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year and two-time All-American at Cal -- No. 310 in singles (-1), unranked in doubles.
   Sam Querrey, San Francisco native -- No. 87 in singles (+12), No. 34 in doubles (+6).
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 60 in singles (+3), No. 212 in doubles (-2).
   Dusan Vemic, Capitals (2010-11) -- No. 650 in doubles (-6), No. 1,499 in singles (-1).
   Jimmy Wang, Folsom resident -- No. 228 in singles (-4), No. 491 in doubles (-5).
Women
   Vania King, Capitals (2010-11) -- No. 6 in doubles (no change), No. 58 in singles (-1).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- Career-high No. 29 in doubles (+1), No. 715 in singles (-1).
   Maria Sanchez, Modesto resident -- Career-high No. 191 in doubles (+24), career-high No. 484 in singles (+116).
   Yasmin Schnack, Elk Grove resident, Capitals (2011) -- Career-high No. 170 in doubles (+12), No. 377 in singles (-1).

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