Friday, March 22, 2013

Ex-doubles star to play in Sierra College fundraiser

   Former professional doubles standout Christina Fusano is scheduled to play in a Sacramento-area exhibition on Saturday to help raise money for the Sierra College women's tennis team.
   Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. at Ben Combs' clay court at 8582 Westin Lane in Orangevale. Free beer and lunch will be available, and the doubles exhibition is set for 1:30 p.m.
   Donations can be made at the fundraiser or mailed to the above address (zip code 95662). Checks should be made out to Sierra College Women's Tennis.
   Fusano was born in Sacramento and grew up in El Dorado, 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of the California capital in the foothills. She attended Cal and won the 2003 NCAA doubles title with Raquel-Kops Jones.
   Both became doubles specialists in the pros, Fusano peaking at No. 84 in the world in 2008 and Kops-Jones at No. 13 last October. Fusano retired in September 2011 at age 30, but Kops-Jones remains active with a ranking of No. 14.
   Fusano, only 5-foot-5 (1.65 meters) and 125 pounds (57 kilograms), won one title on the elite WTA tour (Quebec City in 2007 with Kops-Jones) and 13 on the ITF (minor-league) circuit. She reached the second round at Wimbledon in 2008 (with Angela Haynes) and played in the U.S. Open three times.
   Following are this week's world rankings of professional players with Northern California ties (change from last week in parentheses):
   Nick Andrews, Cal All-American in 2012, resident of Folsom in the Sacramento area -- Career-high No. 1,048 in doubles (+3), No. 1,501 in singles (-5).  
   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. 33 in singles (-1), unranked in doubles.
   Bradley Klahn, 2010 NCAA singles champion and 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 226 in singles (-3), No. 480 in doubles (-9).
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 26 in doubles (+4), unranked in singles.
   Sam Querrey, San Francisco native, Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 20 in singles (+3), No. 83 in doubles (-32).
   Ryan Sweeting, Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 181 in singles (-8), No. 843 in doubles (+1).
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident from Russia -- No. 71 in singles (+5), No. 278 in doubles (+2).
   Pedro Zerbini, All-Pacific-10 Conference first team at Cal (2009-11) -- No. 464 in singles (no change), No. 418 in doubles (-9).
   Mallory Burdette, NCAA singles runner-up in 2012 and NCAA doubles champion in 2011 and 2012 from Stanford -- Career-high No. 104 in singles (+21), No. 363 in doubles (+2). 
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 14 in doubles (+1), No. 1,149 in singles (-6).
   Megan Moulton-Levy, Capitals (2013) -- No. 72 in doubles (+2), unranked in singles.
   Maria Sanchez, Modesto resident -- Career-high No. 109 in singles (+3), No. 121 in doubles (+2).
   Romana Tedjakusuma, Tracy resident from Indonesia -- No. 463 in singles (-1), No. 1,098 in doubles (+2).
   Taylor Townsend, Capitals (2013) -- Career-high No. 350 in singles (+121), No. 541 in doubles (+2).
Sony Open (men and women)
In Key Biscayne, Fla.
All matches live; times PDT
   Early rounds, Tennis Channel, noon-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
Saturday through Tuesday
   Early rounds, Tennis Channel, 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
   Men's and women's quarterfinals, ESPN2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
   Women's quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 4-6 p.m.
   Men's and women's quarterfinals/semifinals, ESPN2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.

Friday, March 29
   Men's semifinals, ESPN2, noon-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, March 30
   Women's final, CBS, 9-11:30 a.m.
Sunday, March 31
   Men's final, CBS, 8:30-11 a.m.
    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 -- Sacramento Capitals open season vs. Texas Wild in World TeamTennis, Capitals Stadium at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, Calif., 7:35 p.m.,   
   July 22-28 -- Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, 2012 champions: Serena Williams, Marina Erakovic-Heather Watson. 
   July 25 -- World TeamTennis conference championships at highest seeds,
   July 28 -- World TeamTennis Finals at Eastern Conference champion, 

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