Friday, June 15, 2012

Querrey pulls off upset at Queen's Club

   One year ago this Saturday, Sam Querrey underwent surgery to remove bone spurs in his right elbow.
   The 6-foot-6 right-hander continued his comeback Thursday by upsetting eighth-seeded Julien Benneteau of France 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in the third round of the grass-court Aegon Championships at Queen's Club in London.
   "I'm feeling really good," Querrey, a San Francisco native who's scheduled to play five matches for the Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis next month, told reporters. "I have been feeling better every week this year, and my serve is feeling great. I've only dropped serve once so far in three matches.
   "(My) return game is feeling good. That's the first time I have won three matches in a row (on the ATP World Tour) in a while. (I'm) just feeling really confident."
   Querrey, the 2010 champion at Queen's Club, will meet Ivan Dodig of Croatia in today's quarterfinals. Dodig knocked off second-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 7-6 (3), 3-6, 7-6 (5). Tsonga hurt the little finger on his right (dominant) hand when slipped and fell in the sixth game of the final set. He might miss Wimbledon.
   Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany -- Treat Conrad Huey, a Washington, D.C., native who plays for the Philippines, and Scott Lipsky, a former NCAA doubles runner-up for Stanford, upset second-seeded Frantisek Cermak of the Czech Republic and Julien Knowle of Austria 6-3, 5-7, 10-6 tiebreak in the quarterfinals of the grass-court tournament.
   WTA tour in Birmingham, England -- Fourth-seeded Raquel Kops-Jones, an ex-NCAA doubles champion from Cal, and Abigail Spears of San Diego routed Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia and Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-0, 6-3 in the first round of the grass-court Aegon Classic.
   Bank of the West Classic -- Nicole Gibbs, who won the NCAA singles title last month as a Stanford sophomore, received a wild card into the Bank of the West Classic.
   The tournament is scheduled for July 7-15 at Stanford. Tickets can be purchased by calling (866) WTA-TIXS (866-982-8497) or visiting
   Men's Futures in Chico -- Fifth-seeded Fritz Wolmarans of South Africa outlasted unseeded Jeff Dadamo, last week's runner-up in the Sacramento Futures, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the second round of the $15,000 Chico Futures at the Chico Racquet Club & Resort.
   Two former Cal players lost. Pedro Zerbini, a three-time All-Pacific-10 Conference first-team selection (2009-11), fell to third-seeded Michael McClune of Irvine 6-2, 6-2. Qualifier Nicholas John Andrews, a Sacramento-area resident who was named an All-American in doubles as a senior this past season, succumbed to Bjorn Fratangelo of Pittsburgh 6-2, 6-3.
   Phillip Simmonds, who won the Sacramento doubles title with fellow American Vahid Mirzadeh, ousted seventh-seeded Daniel King-Turner of New Zealand 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.
   Today's quarterfinal matchups are No. 1 Tennys Sandgren of Gallatin, Tenn., vs. Wolmarans, McClune vs. No. 6 Devin Britton of Brandon, Miss., No. 4 Kento Takeuchi of Japan vs. Joshua Zavala of Amarillo, Texas, and Simmonds vs. Fratangelo. Britton won his first career singles title last week in Sacramento.
   In this weekend's doubles final, top-seeded King-Turner and Nima Roshan of Australia will face second-seeded Britton and Jordan Cox of Duluth, Ga.
(All matches on Tennis Channel; all times PDT)
   Today -- Halle (men), quarterfinals, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (delay); Queen's Club (men), quarterfinals, 2-10 p.m. (delay).
   Saturday -- Halle (men), semifinals, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (delay); Queen's Club (men), semifinals, 2-6 p.m. (delay); Birmingham (women), semifinals, 6-10 p.m. (delay).
   Sunday -- Bad Gastein (women), final, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (delay); Queen's Club (men), final, 1-3 p.m. (delay), 7-9 p.m. (repeat); Birmingham (women), final, 3-5 p.m. (delay); Halle (men), final, 5-7 p.m. (delay).
   Saturday-Monday -- NorCal 18 Junior Sectional Championships, Sacramento State,
   Through Sunday -- $15,000 Chico Futures, Chico Racquet Club & Resort, 1629 Manzanita Ave., Chico,
   July 7-15 -- WTA, Bank of the West Classic, Stanford,
   July 9 -- World TeamTennis, Sacramento Capitals' season opener at Boston, 4 p.m.,
   July 12 -- World TeamTennis, Capitals' home opener (with Mardy Fish) vs. Kansas City, Sunrise Marketplace Stadium, Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, 7:35 p.m.,
   Following are this week's world rankings of professional players with Northern California ties (change from last week in parentheses):
   Bob Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 3 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 3 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mardy Fish, Sacramento Capitals (2012) of World TeamTennis -- No. 12 in singles (-2), No. 725 in doubles (+5).
   John Paul Fruttero, Cal All-American in 2001 and 2002 -- No. 95 in doubles (-3), unranked in singles.
   Mark Knowles, Capitals (2001-07, 2009-12), three-time World TeamTennis Male MVP (2001, 2005 and 2007) -- No. 68 in doubles (+15), unranked in singles.
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 43 in doubles (-5), unranked in singles.
   Conor Niland, 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year and two-time All-American at Cal -- No. 371 in singles (-22), unranked in doubles.
   Sam Querrey, San Francisco native, Capitals (2012) -- No. 77 in singles (-6), No. 59 in doubles (+2).
   Ryan Sweeting, Capitals (2012) -- No. 134 in singles (-2), No. 849 in doubles (+19).
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 66 in singles (+22), No. 206 in doubles (+3).
   Jimmy Wang, Folsom resident -- No. 200 in singles (-7), No. 376 in doubles (+7).
   Pedro Zerbini, All-Pacific-10 Conference first team at Cal (2009-11) -- No. 669 in singles (+6), No. 1,381 in doubles (+33).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- Career-high No. 23 in doubles (+2), No. 726 in singles (+1).
   Asia Muhammed, Capitals (2012) -- No. 190 in doubles (+8), No. 412 in singles (+66).
   Maria Sanchez, Modesto resident -- Career-high No. 137 in doubles (+13), career-high No. 222 in singles (+65).
   Yasmin Schnack, Elk Grove resident, Capitals (2011-12) -- Career-high No. 140 in doubles (+12), No. 407 in singles (-8).
   Romana Tedjakusuma, Tracy resident -- No. 558 in singles (+178), No. 1,188 in doubles (previously unranked).
   CoCo Vandeweghe, Capitals (2009, 2012) -- No. 130 in singles (+27), No. 286 in doubles (+8).

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