Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Ex-Stanford stars quickly hit ranking milestones

Mallory Burdette climbed five places to No. 99 in the world.
Photo by Paul Bauman
   It's not supposed to be this easy.
   After less than one year as pros, former Stanford stars Mallory Burdette and Bradley Klahn cracked the top 100 and 200 in the world, respectively, for the first time this week.
    Burdette, a 5-foot-10 (1.77-meter) right-hander from Jackson, Ga., climbed five places to No. 99 after gaining the main draw at Key Biscayne, Fla., as a qualifier and losing in the first round. In her previous tournament, she reached the third round at Indian Wells as a qualifier.
   Klahn, a 6-foot (1.83-meter) left-hander from the San Diego suburb of Poway, jumped 38 spots to No. 188 after winning one $15,000 tournament in the Los Angeles area and advancing to the final of another.
Bradley Klahn jumped 38 spots to No. 188. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Burdette was ranked No. 409 last July, and Klahn was No. 695 in late June.They have been pros for seven and nine months, respectively.
   Burdette won the 2011 and 2012 NCAA doubles titles with Hilary Barte and Nicole Gibbs, repectively, and fell in last year's NCAA singles final to Gibbs. After reaching the third round of singles in the U.S. Open in late August, Burdette decided to forgo her senior year at Stanford and turn pro.
    Klahn stayed at Stanford for four years. He won the 2010 NCAA singles crown as a sophomore but underwent surgery for a herniated disc in October of his junior year. He returned in February 2011 and gained the NCAA doubles final with Ryan Thacher that May.
   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. 1,045 in doubles (+3), No. 1,496 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. 42 in singles (-9), No. 344 in doubles (-3).
   Bradley Klahn, 2010 NCAA singles champion and 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- Career-high No. 188 in singles (+38), No. 477 in doubles (+3).
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 27 in doubles (-1), unranked in singles.
   Sam Querrey, San Francisco native, Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 20 in singles (no change), No. 83 in doubles (no change).
   Ryan Sweeting, Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 185 in singles (-4), No. 841 in doubles (+2).
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident from Russia -- No. 67 in singles (+4), No. 272 in doubles (+6).
   Pedro Zerbini, All-Pacific-10 Conference first team at Cal (2009-11) -- No. 476 in singles (-12), No. 420 in doubles (-2).
   Mallory Burdette, NCAA singles runner-up in 2012 and NCAA doubles champion in 2011 and 2012 from Stanford -- Career-high No. 99 in singles (+5), No. 361 in doubles (+2). 
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 14 in doubles (no change), No. 1,145 in singles (+3).
   Megan Moulton-Levy, Capitals (2013) -- Career-high No. 69 in doubles (+3), unranked in singles.
   Maria Sanchez, Modesto resident -- No. 112 in singles (-3), No. 121 in doubles (no change).
   Romana Tedjakusuma, Tracy resident from Indonesia -- No. 460 in singles (+3), No. 1,092 in doubles (+6).
   Taylor Townsend, Capitals (2013) -- Career-high No. 349 in singles (-1), No. 529 in doubles (+12).
(All times PDT)
   Charleston (women), early rounds, ESPN2, 10-11:30 a.m. (live).
   Charleston (women), quarterfinals, ESPN2, 10-11:30 a.m. (live).
   Davis Cup, Serbia at United States, two singles matches, Tennis Channel, 12:30-6:30 p.m. (live).
   Monterrey (women), quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 8 p.m.-midnight (delay).
   Charleston (women), semifinals, ESPN2, 10 a.m.-noon (live).
   Davis Cup, Serbia at United States, doubles match, Tennis Channel, noon-3 p.m. (live), 3-6 p.m. (repeat).
   Monterrey (women), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 8 p.m.-midnight (delay).
   Charleston (women), final, ESPN2, 10 a.m.-noon (live).
   Davis Cup, Serbia at United States, two singles matches, Tennis Channel, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (live), 5-8 p.m. (repeat).
   Monterrey (women), final, Tennis Channel, 8-10 p.m. (delay).
   USF def. Hawaii 4-3 in San Francisco. No. 1 singles: Thai Tu (USF) def. Jared Spiker 7-5, 6-4. Team records: USF 9-5-1, Hawaii 5-10.
   Pacific def. Hawaii 4-3 in Stockton. No. 1 singles: Xenia Suworowa (H) def. Iveta Masarova 0-6, 6-2, 6-4. Team records: Pacific 7-10 overall, 2-3 Big West Conference; Hawaii 3-7, 2-3.
    Friday-Sunday -- Davis Cup quarterfinals, Serbia vs. United States in Boise, Idaho, 
    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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