Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tiburon Challenger, TV schedule, calendar, rankings

   All three singles seeds in action Monday lost in straight sets in the first round of the $100,000 First Republic Bank Tiburon Challenger at the Tiburon (Calif.) Peninsula Club.
   Robert Farah of Colombia routed No. 3 Ryan Sweeting of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 6-1, 6-2. Sweeting withdrew from last week's $100,000 RelyAid Natomas Challenger in Sacramento, Calif., with food poisoning.
   Two South Africans, Izak Van der Merwe and Rik de Voest, also scored upsets. Van der Merwe ousted No. 5 Matteo Viola of Italy 6-3, 6-4, and the 32-year-old de Voest took out No. 6 Tim Smyczek of Milwaukee 6-4, 6-1. Viola reached the quarterfinals in Sacramento.
   Wild card Bradley Klahn, also a Sacramento quarterfinalist, dispatched unseeded Samuel Groth 6-3, 6-3. Klahn graduated from Stanford, 50 miles south of Tiburon in the San Francisco Bay Area, in March. Groth blasted a record 163-mph (263-kph) serve in a South Korea Challenger in May.
   Ranking moves -- Sacramento champion James Blake rose 10 spots to No. 87 in this week's world rankings, released Monday.
   Other improvements of players in the Sacramento Challenger: runner-up Mischa Zverev of Germany 15 places to No. 153,  semifinalist Daniel Kosakowski 41 notches to No. 263, quarterfinalist Tennys Sandgren 21 spots to No. 257 and Klahn 30 places to No. 316.
TV SCHEDULE
(All Times PDT)
   Today -- Shanghai (men), early rounds, Tennis Channel, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (repeat), 3-11 p.m. (repeat), 11 p.m.-7 a.m. Wednesday (live).
   Wednesday -- Shanghai (men), early rounds, Tennis Channel, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (repeat), 3-11 p.m. (repeat), 11 p.m.-7 a.m. Thursday (live).
   Thursday -- Shanghai (men), early rounds, Tennis Channel, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (repeat), 3-11 p.m. (repeat); quarterfinals, 11 p.m.-7 a.m. Friday (live).
   Friday -- Shanghai (men), quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (repeat), 3:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Saturday (repeat).
   Saturday -- Shanghai (men), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 1:30-4 a.m. (live) and 5-7:30 a.m. (live), 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (repeat), 2 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sunday (repeat).
   Sunday -- Shanghai (men), final, Tennis Channel, 1:30-4 a.m. (live), 5:30-8 a.m. (repeat), 9-11:30 a.m. (repeat), 1-3:30 p.m. (repeat), 6-8:30 p.m. (repeat). 
CALENDAR
   Through Sunday -- $100,000 First Republic Bank Men's Challenger, Tiburon Peninsula Club, 1600 Mar West St., Tiburon, Calif., 94920, www.tiburonchallenger.com, (415) 789-7900. 2011 champions: Ivo Karlovic, Carsten Ball-Chris Guccione.
   Oct. 23-28 -- WTA Championships (top eight singles players and top four doubles teams of 2012), Istanbul, www.wtatennis.com/page/Tournaments/Info/0,,12781~742,00.html. 2011 champions: Petra Kvitova, Liezel Huber-Lisa Raymond.
   Nov. 3-4 -- Fed Cup Final, Serbia at Czech Republic, www.fedcup.com. 2011 champion: Czech Republic.
   Nov. 5-12 -- ATP World Tour Finals (top eight singles players and top eight doubles teams of 2012), London, www.atpworldtour.com/Finals/2012.aspx. 2011 champions: Roger Federer, Max Mirnyi-Daniel Nestor.
   Nov. 16-18 -- Davis Cup Final, Spain at Czech Republic, www.daviscup.com. 2011 champion: Spain.
   Jan. 14-27, 2013 -- AUSTRALIAN OPEN, www.australianopen.org. 2012 champions: Novak Djokovic, Victoria Azarenka, Leander Paes-Radek Stepanek, Svetlana Kuznetsova-Vera Zvonareva.
   Feb. 1-3, 2013 -- Davis Cup, first round, Brazil at United States, www.daviscup.com.
   Feb. 9-10, 2013 -- Fed Cup, first round, United States at Italy, www.fedcup.com.
   Feb. 11-17, 2013 -- SAP Open, HP Pavilion in San Jose, www.sapopentennis.com. 2012 champions: Milos Raonic, Mark Knowles-Xavier Malisse.
   March 4-17, 2013 -- BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, Calif., www.bnpparibasopen.com. 2012 champions: Roger Federer, Victoria Azarenka, Marc Lopez-Rafael Nadal, Liezel Huber-Lisa Raymond.
PRO RANKINGS
   Following are this week's world rankings of professional players with Northern California ties (change from last week in parentheses):
Men
   Kevin Anderson, Sacramento Capitals (2012) of World TeamTennis -- No. 38 in singles (-2), No. 91 in doubles (+3).
   Nick Andrews, Cal All-American in 2012 -- No. 1,449 in singles (+11), career-high No. 1,067 in doubles (+4).  
   Bob Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mardy Fish, Capitals (2012) -- No. 28 in singles (-6), No. 726 in doubles (+5).
   John Paul Fruttero, Cal All-American in 2001 and 2002 -- No. 108 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Artem Ilyushin, Granite Bay resident -- No. 918 in singles (+11), No. 1,217 in doubles (+3).
   Bradley Klahn, 2010 NCAA singles champion and 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- Career-high No. 316 in singles (+3), No. 964 in doubles (+56). 
   Mark Knowles, Capitals (2001-07, 2009-12), three-time World TeamTennis Male MVP (2001, 2005 and 2007) -- No. 125 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Alex Kuznetsov, Capitals (2012) -- No. 211 (-20) in singles, No. 356 in doubles (+71) in doubles.
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 27 in doubles (-1), unranked in singles.
   Sam Querrey, San Francisco native, Capitals (2012) -- No. 22 in singles (+4), No. 46 in doubles (no change).
   Ryan Sweeting, Capitals (2012) -- No. 136 in singles (no change), No. 836 in doubles (+3).
   Ryan Thacher, 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- Career-high No. 1,216 in singles (+4), No. 1,466 in doubles (-33).
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 95 in singles (+22), No. 183 in doubles (-1).
   Jimmy Wang, trains part-time in Granite Bay -- No. 148 in singles (-1), No. 342 in doubles (-7).
   Pedro Zerbini, All-Pacific-10 Conference first team at Cal (2009-11) -- Career-high No. 616 in singles (no change), No. 676 in doubles (+2).
Women
   Mallory Burdette, NCAA singles runner-up in 2012 and NCAA doubles champion in 2011 and 2012 from Stanford -- Career-high No. 156 in singles (+4), No. 660 in doubles (no change). 
   Vania King, Capitals (2010-12) -- No. 18 in doubles (-5), No. 68 in singles (-5).    Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- Career-high No. 16 in doubles (no change), No. 1,130 in singles (-2).
   Asia Muhammad, Capitals (2012) -- No. 166 in doubles (no change), No. 473 in singles (-17, quarterfinalist in $75,000 Albuquerque Challenger).
   Maria Sanchez, Modesto resident -- No. 111 in doubles (+1), career-high No. 148 in singles (+5).
   Yasmin Schnack, Elk Grove resident, Capitals (2011-12) -- No. 149 in doubles (-8), No. 514 in singles (-1).
   Romana Tedjakusuma, Tracy resident -- No. 510 in singles (-12), No. 1,137 in doubles (+2).
   CoCo Vandeweghe, Capitals (2009, 2012) -- No. 93 in singles (+2), No. 490 in doubles (-3)

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