Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Rankings mover of the week: Nicole Gibbs

Nicole Gibbs, a former Stanford star, reached the
doubles semifinals in Daytona Beach, Fla., with-
out hitting a ball. 2012 photo by Paul Bauman
   Nicole Gibbs and Maria Sanchez reached the doubles semifinals of the Daytona Beach (Fla.) $25,000 Women's Tennis Tournament last month without hitting a ball.
   Gibbs, a former Stanford star, and Sanchez, a Modesto native, received walkovers in the first round and quarterfinals before losing to third-seeded Nicole Melichar of Stuart, Fla., and Teodora Mircic of Serbia 6-1, 5-7 [11-9]. Melichar and Mircic went on to win the title.
   Gibbs, who won the 2012 NCAA doubles title with Mallory Burdette, improved 30 places to No. 409 in the world rankings.
   The two-time NCAA singles champion is ranked No. 185 in that category.
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.
   Bradley Klahn, 23 years old, 2010 NCAA singles champion and 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- Career-high No. 80 in singles (+2), career-high No. 141 in doubles (+1).
   Scott Lipsky, 32 years old, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 35 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Sam Querrey, 26 years old, San Francisco native, Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 55 in singles (-6), No. 216 in doubles (-5).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 31 years old, trains at Gorin Tennis Academy in Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay -- No. 28 in singles (no change), No. 112 in doubles (no change).
Women
   Mallory Burdette, 23 years old, NCAA singles runner-up in 2012 and NCAA doubles champion in 2011 and 2012 from Stanford -- No. 140 in singles (-2), No. 694 in doubles (-2).
   Nicole Gibbs, 20 years old, NCAA singles champion in 2012 and 2013 and NCAA doubles champion in 2012 from Stanford -- No. 185 in singles (+1), No. 409 in doubles (+30).
   Macall Harkins, 28 years old, Redding resident -- No. 283 in doubles (+2), No. 690 in singles (+1).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 31 years old, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 18 in doubles (-1), No. 1,087 in singles (-2).
   Maria Sanchez, 24 years old, born and raised in Modesto -- No. 111 in doubles (-4), No. 186 in singles (+1).

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