Friday, March 21, 2014

Good news, bad news for U.S. men

John Isner rose three notches to No. 10 in the
world by reaching the semifinals at Indian Wells.
2012 photo by Paul Bauman
   The good news for the United States is that an American man returned to the top 10 in the world this week.
   The bad news is that -- brace yourself -- only one U.S. man is ranked in the top 60.
   John Isner, 6-foot-10 (2.08 meters), rose three notches to No. 10 by reaching the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. It's the first time a U.S. man has been ranked in the top 10 since Isner reached No. 10 in September 2012. His career high is No. 9 in April 2012.
   Isner is one of five American men in the top 100. Then come Sam Querrey, a 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) San Francisco native, at No. 62; former Stanford star Bradley Klahn at No. 63; Donald Young at No. 77; and Tim Smyczek at No. 98.
   Twenty years ago, the United States had four men in the top 10, 12 in the top 60 and 19 in the top 100.
   Both Isner and Querrey won Northern California titles in their professional debuts.
   Isner captured a Futures championship in Shingle Springs, a Sacramento suburb, in 2007 after graduating from the University of Georgia.
   Querrey earned a Challenger crown in Yuba City, a one-hour drive north of Sacramento, in 2006 after graduating from Thousand Oaks High School in the Los Angeles area.
   Sacramento State def. Maryland-Baltimore County 4-2 in Sacramento. No. 1 singles: Justin Carter (MBC) def. Roy Brandys 6-3, 6-3. Records: Sac State 6-11, Maryland-Baltimore County 9-6.
   Sacramento State def. Maryland-Baltimore County 4-0 in Sacramento. No. 1 singles: Daria Savchenko vs. Kim Berghaus 6-7, unfinished. Clinching match: At No. 4, Olivia Boija def. Madlena Kurasz 6-3, 6-1. Records: Sac State 5-8, Maryland-Baltimore County 6-7. Note: Sac State's No. 1 singles player, Jennifer Nguyen, missed the match with an injury.
   Hawaii def. USF 6-1 in Honolulu. No. 1 singles: Bernardo Saraiva (USF) def. Jonathan Brooklyn 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (6). Clinching match: At No. 3, Chas Okamoto def. Thomas Takemoto 7-6 (4), 7-5. Records: Hawaii 2-8, USF 8-8. Note: The Rainbow Warriors ended an eight-match losing streak.
   USF def. Loyola Marymount 7-0 in San Francisco. No. 1 singles: Andrea Ka def. Jessica Perez 6-1, 6-4. Records: USF 11-4 overall, 1-2 West Coast Conference; Loyola Marymount 6-9, 0-2.
   San Jose State def. Texas-Arlington 4-0 in San Jose. No. 1 singles: Marie Klocker def. Elizabeth Thoms 6-2, 6-2. Clinching match: At No. 2, Gaelle Rey def. Giada D'ortona 6-3, 6-4. Records: San Jose State 9-10, Texas-Arlington 8-7.

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