Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Rankings movers of the week: Kops-Jones, Klahn

Raquel Kops-Jones jumped to No. 17
in the world in doubles after reaching
her first Grand Slam semifinal.
2012 photo by Paul Bauman
   Two former NCAA champions from rival schools in the San Francisco Bay Area made significant strides in the world rankings this week.
   Doubles specialist Raquel Kops-Jones, a Fresno native who starred at Cal, jumped seven places to No. 17 after reaching her first Grand Slam semifinal.
   Former Stanford All-American Bradley Klahn, meanwhile, improved 11 notches to a career-high No. 82 in singles after winning his third Challenger title.
   The unseeded team of Kops-Jones, 31, and Abigail Spears of San Diego fell to third-seeded Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in the Australian Open in Melbourne.
   Makarova and Vesnina, the reigning French Open titlists, then lost to top seeds and defending champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. 
   Kops-Jones reached a career-high No. 11 in doubles last June. She won the 2003 NCAA women's doubles title with Sacramento native Christina Fusano.
   Klahn, seeded third, whipped unseeded Tsung-Hua Yang of Taiwan 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the $50,000 Royal Lahaina Challenger on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
   Klahn, a 23-year-old left-hander from Poway in the San Diego area, also won Challengers last year in Aptos, Calif., and Yeongwol, South Korea.
   At Stanford, Klahn captured the 2010 NCAA singles title as a sophomore, underwent surgery for a herniated disk as a junior and graduated in economics in 2012.
Bradley Klahn improved 11 spots
to a career-high No. 82 after win-
ning his third Challenger singles
title. 2013 photo by Paul Bauman
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. 370 in singles (-1), No. 123 in doubles (+2).
   Bradley Klahn, 23 years old, 2010 NCAA singles champion and 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- Career-high No. 82 in singles (+11), career-high No. 142 in doubles (+1).
   Scott Lipsky, 32 years old, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 35 in doubles (-3), unranked in singles.
   Sam Querrey, 26 years old, San Francisco native, Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 49 in singles (+2), No. 211 in doubles (+3).
   Ryan Sweeting, 26 years old, Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 814 in singles (-147), No. 1,113 in doubles (+1).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 31 years old, trains at Gorin Tennis Academy in Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay -- No. 28 in singles (-2), No. 112 in doubles (+16).
Women
   Mallory Burdette, 23 years old, NCAA singles runner-up in 2012 and NCAA doubles champion in 2011 and 2012 from Stanford -- No. 138 in singles (+1), No. 692 in doubles (-2).
   Nicole Gibbs, 20 years old, NCAA singles champion in 2012 and 2013 and NCAA doubles champion in 2012 from Stanford -- No. 186 in singles (no change), No. 439 in doubles (-3).
   Macall Harkins, Redding resident -- No. 285 in doubles (-1), No. 691 in singles (no change).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 31 years old, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 17 in doubles (+7), No. 1,085 in singles (-1).
   Megan Moulton-Levy, 28 years old, Capitals (2013) -- No. 56 in doubles (+2), unranked in singles.
   Maria Sanchez, 24 years old, born and raised in Modesto -- Career-high No. 107 in doubles (no change), No. 187 in singles (-10).
   Taylor Townsend, 17 years old, Capitals (2013) -- No. 194 in doubles (-2), No. 350 in singles (+7). 
COLLEGE RESULT
Men
   No. 40 Stanford def. Hawaii 7-0 at Stanford. No. 1 singles: Maciek Romanowicz def. Jonathan Brooklyn 4-6, 6-4 [10-7]. Clinching match: At No. 2, Daniel Ho def. Danilo Casanova 6-4, 7-5. Note: John Morrissey, Stanford's No. 1 singles player, missed his second straight match. The reason was not disclosed. Team records: Stanford 2-1, Hawaii 1-1.  

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