Thursday, January 9, 2014

Rankings mover of the week: Maria Sanchez

Maria Sanchez
2013 photo by Paul Bauman
   Maria Sanchez jumped 35 places to No. 109 in the world in doubles, one spot below her career high, after winning her first career WTA title. 
   Sanchez, who was born and raised in Modesto, won the doubles crown in the $250,000 ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, with Sharon Fichman of Canada.  
   Sanchez dropped one notch to No. 177 in singles. Her career high in that category also is No. 108.
   Chris Evert mentors Sanchez, a 24-year-old USC graduate, at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Fla.
PRO RANKINGS
     Following are this week's world rankings of professional players with Northern California ties (change from last week in parentheses):
Men
   Bob Bryan, 35 years old, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 35 years old, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mardy Fish, 32 years old, Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis (2012-13) -- No. 371 in singles (+2), No. 125 in doubles (no change).
   Bradley Klahn, 23 years old, 2010 NCAA singles champion and 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- Career-high No. 95 in singles (+2), career-high No. 143 in doubles (+4).
   Scott Lipsky, 32 years old, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 32 in doubles (-1), unranked in singles.
   Sam Querrey, 26 years old, San Francisco native, Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 46 in singles (no change), No. 215 in doubles (+1).
   Ryan Sweeting, 26 years old, Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 668 in singles (-1), No. 1,115 in doubles (-3).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 31 years old, trains at Gorin Tennis Academy in Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay -- No. 32 in singles (-3), No. 128 in doubles (+11).
Women
   Mallory Burdette, 22 years old, NCAA singles runner-up in 2012 and NCAA doubles champion in 2011 and 2012 from Stanford -- No. 139 in singles (+1), No. 691 in doubles (-1).
   Nicole Gibbs, 20 years old, NCAA singles champion in 2012 and 2013 and NCAA doubles champion in 2012 from Stanford -- No. 185 in singles (no change), No. 438 in doubles (no change).
   Macall Harkins, Redding resident -- No. 289 in doubles (-2), No. 692 in singles (+2).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 31 years old, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 24 in doubles (-1), unranked in singles.
   Megan Moulton-Levy, 28 years old, Capitals (2013) -- No. 57 in doubles (-1), unranked in singles.
   Maria Sanchez, 24 years old, Modesto product -- No. 109 in doubles (+35), No. 177 in singles (-1).
   Taylor Townsend, 17 years old, Capitals (2013) -- No. 195 in doubles (+2), No. 363 in singles (+2).

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