Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tursunov set to launch comeback today

   Folsom resident Dmitry Tursunov is scheduled to begin his comeback from a left wrist injury today.
   The top-seeded Tursunov, ranked No. 88 after reaching a career-high No. 20 in 2006, faces Canada's Peter Polansky, ranked No. 211, on clay in the first round of the $50,000 Savannah (Ga.) Challenger.
   Tursunov, a 29-year-old Moscow native, has been sidelined since losing in the first round of the Australian Open in mid-January. He strained a tendon in his wrist during the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur last September but continued to play. Tursunov is right-handed but has a two-handed backhand.
    Meanwhile, Jimmy Wang, who trains with Tursunov at the Gorin Tennis Academy in the Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay, continued his comeback in his native Taiwan. The former top-100 player dispatched Denys Molchanov of Ukraine 6-3, 6-1 in the opening round of the $125,000 Challenger in Kaohsiung.
   Wang, 27, returned to action in late 2010 after missing three years because of two operations on his right (playing) wrist. Rated a career-high No. 85 in 2006, he dropped out of the rankings but has rebounded to No. 193. Wang reached the semifinals of the $15,000 Sacramento Futures last June.
   Women's Challenger in Charlottesville, Va. -- Yasmin Schnack, a resident of Elk Grove in the Sacramento area and member of her hometown Capitals in World TeamTennis, lost to top-seeded Gail Brodsky of Brooklyn, N.Y., 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the first round of qualifying at the $50,000 Boyd Tinsley Women's Clay Court Classic.
   Schnack and Maria Sanchez of Modesto are seeded fourth in the main draw of doubles.
   New pro rankings -- Following are this week's 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. 9 in singles (+1), No. 99 in doubles (+3).
   John Paul Fruttero, Cal All-American in 2001 and 2002 -- Career-high No. 93 in doubles (+1), unranked in singles.
   Kiryl Harbatsiuk, three-time Big Sky Conference MVP (2009-11) at Sacramento State -- No. 783 in singles (-3), No. 1,255 in doubles (+5).
   Mark Knowles, Capitals (2001-07, 2009-12), three-time World TeamTennis Male MVP (2001, 2005 and 2007) -- No. 77 in doubles (-11), unranked in singles.
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 42 in doubles (-6), unranked in singles.
   David Martin, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 175 in doubles (-11), No. 776 in singles (-6).
   Conor Niland, 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year and two-time All-American at Cal -- No. 340 in singles (no change), unranked in doubles.
   Sam Querrey, San Francisco native -- No. 80 in singles (+18), No. 24 in doubles (no change).
   Jean-Julien Rojer, Capitals (2012) -- No. 36 in doubles (+1), unranked in singles.
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 88 in singles (-1), No. 224 in doubles (+3).
   Jimmy Wang, Folsom resident -- No. 193 in singles (+2), No. 382 in doubles (-3).
   Pedro Zerbini, Pacific-10 All-Conference first team at Cal (2009-11) -- No. 773 in singles (+459), No. 1,348 in doubles (unranked last week).
Women
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- Career-high No. 24 in doubles (no change), No. 721 in singles (+1).
   Asia Muhammed, Capitals (2012) -- No. 178 in doubles (+3), No. 387 in singles (+5).
   Maria Sanchez, Modesto resident -- Career-high No. 174 in doubles (+11), career-high No. 371 in singles (+13).
   Yasmin Schnack, Elk Grove resident, Capitals (2011-12) -- Career-high No. 163 in doubles (+10), No. 374 in singles (+5).
   Coco Vandeweghe, Capitals (2009, 2012) -- No. 163 in singles (+2), No. 331 in doubles (+45).

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