Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Burdette to face 38-year-old at Indian Wells

   INDIAN WELLS -- Mallory Burdette was 5 years old when her first-round opponent in the BNP Paribas Open turned pro.
   Burdette, a 22-year-old qualifier and former Stanford star, will meet fellow American Jill Craybas, a 38-year-old wild card, on Wednesday in Indian Wells.
   Burdette advanced to the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open for the first time with a 6-2, 6-1 victory Tuesday over Melinda Czink, a Hungarian veteran seeded 13th in qualifying and ranked 97th.
   It will be the first meeting between Burdette and Craybas. The winner will face Austria's Tamira Paszek, seeded 23rd and ranked 27th. All men's and women's seeds received a first-round bye.
   Burdette, 5-foot-10 (1.78 meters) and 143 pounds (65 kilograms), likely will overpower Craybas, listed at only 5-foot-3 (1.6 meters) and 123 pounds (56 kg). Burdette, who turned pro only six months ago after her junior season, is ranked No. 125. Craybas is No. 210.
   In the first round of men's qualifying, fourth-seeded Dmitry Tursunov of Folsom in the Sacramento area, defeated wild card Mohamed Haythem Abid of Tunisia 6-1, 6-4.
   Tursunov, a Moscow native, has fallen from a career-high No. 20 in 2006 to No. 76 because of injuries. He will play Brazil's Thiago Alves, ranked No. 149, in a matchup of 30-year-olds for a berth in the main draw.
   Their only previous meeting came 12 years ago, when Alves won 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the Campos Do Jordao Challenger on a hardcourt in Brazil.
   BNP notes -- Charlie Pasarell and Cliff Drysdale, both of whom helped found the men's union in 1971, will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., in July. Joining Pasarell, who formerly owned the BNP Paribas Open, will be ex-world No. 1 Martina Hingis, promoter Ion Tiriac and former Australian star Thelma Coyne Long.
   A group headed by Pasarell and Ray Moore sold the BNP Paribas Open to Larry Ellison, a co-founder of the Oracle software company, in 2009. Forbes magazine ranks Ellison as the fifth-richest person in the world with a net worth of $43 billion. ...
   The Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the home of the BNP Paribas Open, is scheduled to undergo a $70 million expanion in time for next year's tournament. Plans include a permanent Stadium 2 with 8,000 seats and two restaurants. Stadium 1, with a capacity of 16,100, is the second-largest tennis facility in the world behind New York's Arthur Ashe Stadium, which seats 23,200. ... 
   BNP Paribas, one of the largest global banking groups, extended its title sponsorship of the tournament through 2018. The BNP Paribas Open is billed as the biggest tennis tournament in the world other than the four Grand Slams. ...
   Mardy Fish of the Sacramento Capitals in World TeamTennis is scheduled to return from a six-month layoff in Indian Wells, where he's seeded 32nd. Fish, 31, has battled an irregular heartbeat since last spring.
   Following are this week's world rankings of professional players with Northern California ties (change from last week in parentheses):
   Kevin Anderson, Sacramento Capitals (2012) of World TeamTennis -- No. 37 in singles (-8), No. 91 in doubles (-1).
   Nick Andrews, Cal All-American in 2012, resident of Folsom in the Sacramento area -- Career-high No. 1,051 in doubles (+2), No. 1,496 in singles (-2).  
   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 (2012-13) -- No. 32 in singles (no change), unranked in doubles.
   Bradley Klahn, 2010 NCAA singles champion and 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 223 in singles (-1), No. 471 in doubles (no change).
   Alex Kuznetsov, Capitals (2012) -- No. 255 in singles (+5), No. 190 in doubles (+2).
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 30 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Sam Querrey, San Francisco native, Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 23 in singles (no change), No. 51 in doubles (-2).
   Ryan Sweeting, Capitals (2012) -- No. 173 in singles (-4), No. 844 in doubles (+1).
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident from Russia -- No. 76 in singles (+16), No. 280 in doubles (+8).
   Pedro Zerbini, All-Pacific-10 Conference first team at Cal (2009-11) -- No. 464 in singles (-1), career-high No. 409 in doubles (+5).
   Mallory Burdette, NCAA singles runner-up in 2012 and NCAA doubles champion in 2011 and 2012 from Stanford -- No. 125 in singles (-2), No. 365 in doubles (-5). 
   Vania King, Capitals (2010-12) -- No. 30 in doubles (-1), No. 113 in singles (no change).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 15 in doubles (no change), No. 1,149 in singles (-6).
   Asia Muhammad, Capitals (2012) -- Career-high No. 140 in doubles (+2), No. 426 in singles (+4).
   Maria Sanchez, Modesto resident -- No. 112 in singles (-1), No. 123 in doubles (-1).
   Romana Tedjakusuma, Tracy resident from Indonesia -- No. 462 in singles (-1), No. 1,100 in doubles (no change).
   CoCo Vandeweghe, Capitals (2009, 2012) -- No. 99 in singles (-5), No. 351 in doubles (-5).
BNP Paribas Open (men and women)
In Indian Wells
All matches live; times PST/PDT
   Friday through March 12
   Early rounds, Tennis Channel, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13
   Early rounds/quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Thursday, March 14
   Men's and women's quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
   Men's quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 7-9 p.m.
Friday, March 15
   Men's quarterfinals, ESPN2, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 
   Men's quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
   Women's semifinals, Tennis Channel, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
   Women's semifinals, ESPN2, 8:30-10:30 p.m. 
Saturday, March 16
   Men's singles semifinals, ESPN News, noon-4 p.m.
   Men's doubles final, Tennis Channel, 5:30-7 p.m.
Sunday, March 17
   Women's final, ESPN2, noon-2 p.m.
   Men's final, ESPN2, 2-4 p.m.
   Today through March 17 -- BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, 2012 champions: Roger Federer, Victoria Azarenka, Marc Lopez-Rafael Nadal, Liezel Huber-Lisa Raymond.
   April 23-28 -- Pac-12 Men's and Women's Championships, Ojai Valley Athletic Club/Libbey Park, Ojai,
   April 25-28 -- Big West Conference Men's and Women's Championships, Indian Wells Tennis Garden,
   April 26-28 -- Big Sky Conference Men's and Women's Championships, Gold River Racquet Club, Gold River, Calif.,
   May 10-11 -- NCAA Men's and Women's Team Championships, first and second rounds at campus sites,
   May 16-21 -- NCAA Men's and Women's Team Championships, round of 16 through finals, Urbana, Ill.,,
   May 22-27 -- NCAA Men's and Women's Individual Championships, Urbana, Ill.,,
   May 26-June 9 -- FRENCH OPEN, 2012 champions: Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Max Mirnyi-Daniel Nestor, Sara Errani-Roberta Vinci.
   June 24-July 7 -- WIMBLEDON, 2012 champions: Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Jonathan Marray-Frederik Nielsen, Serena Williams-Venus Williams.
   July 1-7 -- $50,000 Gold River Women's Challenger, Gold River, 2012 champions: Maria Sanchez, Asia Muhammad-Yasmin Schnack.
   July 7 -- World TeamTennis season begins,   
   July 25 -- World TeamTennis conference championships at highest seeds,
   July 28 -- World TeamTennis Finals at Eastern Conference champion, 

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