Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tursunov hurt; so what else is new? Rankings, etc.

Dmitry Tursunov, shown at Indian Wells in March, will miss one to
two weeks with a strained hamstring muscle. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Right on cue, Dmitry Tursunov got hurt.
   But the injury appears to be minor.
   After winning the Munich doubles title on May 5 and with the French Open approaching, the Moscow native, now based in the Sacramento area, retired from his first-round singles qualifying match at the Italian Open in Rome.
   Trailing 3-4 against Illya Marchenko of Ukraine, Tursunov quit with a pulled left hamstring muscle. He hopes to return for next week's Power Horse Cup in Dusseldorf and is confident he'll play in the French Open, which begins May 26.
   Tursunov, 30, reached the French Open doubles semifinals in 2008 and quarterfinals in 2007 and 2009, all with fellow Russian Igor Kunitsyn. Tursunov's best singles results at Roland Garros are third-round appearances in 2006 and 2008.
   Tursunov has spent much of the past four years battling injuries. Since Feb. 1, however, he has improved from No. 123 to No. 57 in the world in singles and from No. 283 to No. 148 in doubles. He reached career highs of No. 20 in singles in 2006 and No. 36 in 2008.
   Bryans triumph -- Top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan won their fifth Madrid Open title and 87th overall Sunday, defeating seventh-seeded Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil 6-2, 6-3.
   The identical twin sons of Wayne Bryan, the longtime coach of the Sacramento Capitals in World TeamTennis, turned 35 on April 29. They won the 1998 NCAA doubles title as Stanford sophomores, then turned pro.
   Junior showdown -- The recent Rio del Oro Junior Championships in Sacramento featured a showdown  between two players who ended 2012 ranked in the nation's top 10 in the boys 12s.
   The match lived up to its billing as then-No. 1 Keenan Mayo of Roseville outlasted then-No. 9 Jenson Brooksby of Sacramento 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 in the boys 14 semifinals.
   The second-seeded Mayo then beat top-seeded Austen Huang of Elk Grove 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in the final.
   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 -- 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, Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis (2012-13) -- No. 40 in singles (+2), No. 334 in doubles (+4).
   Bradley Klahn, 2010 NCAA singles champion and 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 185 in singles (+2), No. 343 in doubles (+3).
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- Career-high No. 24 in doubles (+2), unranked in singles.
   Sam Querrey, San Francisco native, Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 19 in singles (-1), No. 98 in doubles (+11).
   Ryan Sweeting, Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 268 in singles (+2), No. 834 in doubles (-5).
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident from Russia -- No. 57 in singles (no change), No. 148 in doubles (-2).
   Mallory Burdette, NCAA singles runner-up in 2012 and NCAA doubles champion in 2011 and 2012 from Stanford -- No. 85 in singles (-1), No. 367 in doubles (-3). 
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 14 in doubles (no change), No. 1,135 in singles (-2).
   Megan Moulton-Levy, Capitals (2013) -- No. 65 in doubles (-2), unranked in singles.
   Maria Sanchez, Modesto product -- No. 126 in singles (-2), No. 125 in doubles (-2).
   Taylor Townsend, Capitals (2013) -- No. 349 in singles (no change), No. 537 in doubles (-4). 
(All times PDT)
   Rome (men), early rounds, Tennis Channel, 3 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (live), 6 p.m.-midnight (repeat).
   Rome (men), early rounds, Tennis Channel, 3 a.m.-2 p.m. (live), 2 p.m.-midnight (repeat).
   Rome (men), quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 3-9 a.m. (live), 9:30-11 a.m. (repeat), noon-2 p.m. (live), 6-10 p.m. (repeat).
   Rome (women), quarterfinals, Tennis Channel, 2-6 p.m. (delay).
   Rome (women), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 3-7 a.m. (live). 
   Rome (men), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 7-9:30 a.m. (live), 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (live).
   Rome (men and women), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 1:30-10:30 p.m. (repeat).
   Rome (women), final, Tennis Channel, 4:30-7 a.m. (live), 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (repeat), 7:30-9:30 p.m. (repeat).
   Rome (men), final, Tennis Channel, 7-9:30 a.m. (live), 12:30-3 p.m. (repeat), 5-7:30 p.m. (repeat).
   Thursday-May 21 -- NCAA Men's and Women's Team Championships, round of 16 through finals, Urbana, Ill., www.ncaa.com, www.fightingillini.com.
   May 22-27 -- NCAA Men's and Women's Individual Championships, Urbana, Ill., www.ncaa.com, www.fightingillini.com.
   May 26-June 9 -- FRENCH OPEN, www.rolandgarros.com. 2012 champions: Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Max Mirnyi-Daniel Nestor, Sara Errani-Roberta Vinci.
   June 24-July 7 -- WIMBLEDON, www.wimbledon.com. 2012 champions: Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Jonathan Marray-Frederik Nielsen, Serena Williams-Venus Williams.
   June 29-July 6 -- $50,000 Gold River Women's Challenger, Gold River Racquet Club, Gold River, Calif., www.usta.com. 2012 champions: Maria Sanchez, Asia Muhammad-Yasmin Schnack.
   July 6-8 -- West Coast Junior Championships, Rio del Oro Racquet Club, 119 Scripps Dr., Sacramento 95825, www.norcal.usta.com.
   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., www.saccaps.com.   
   July 22-28 -- Bank of the West Classic, Stanford, www.bankofthewestclassic.com. 2012 champions: Serena Williams, Marina Erakovic-Heather Watson. 
   July 25 -- World TeamTennis conference championships at highest seeds, www.wtt.com.
   July 28 -- World TeamTennis Finals at Eastern Conference champion, www.wtt.com.
   Aug. 5-11 -- $100,00 Comerica Bank Challenger, Seascape Sports Club, Aptos, Calif., www.seascapesportsclub.com/challenger. 2012 champions: Steve Johnson, Rik de Voest-John Peers.

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