Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Rankings mover of the week: Sam Querrey

Sam Querrey jumped 83 places to No. 114 in the world
in doubles this week. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Sam Querrey soared in this week's rankings.
   Unfortunately for the 26-year-old San Francisco native, it was in doubles rather than singles. But he'll take it.
   Querrey reached the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells with his Davis Cup teammate, John Isner, to jump 83 places to No. 114 in the world.
   The unseeded Querrey, 6-foot-6 (1.98 meters), and Isner, 6-10 (2.08 meters), knocked off eighth-seeded Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden in the second round and third-seeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil in the quarterfinals before losing to top seeds and eventual champions Bob and Mike Bryan.
    Kubot and Lindstedt won the Australian Open in January for their first Grand Slam title, and Dodig and Melo advanced to last year's Wimbledon final before losing to the Bryans.
   Isner and Querrey were the runners-up to Spain's Marc Lopez and Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells in 2012.
   Querrey slipped another five spots in singles to No. 62 after losing to 29th-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy in the second round at Indian Wells. The American has career highs of No. 17 in singles (2011) and No. 23 in doubles (2010).
   Querrey grew up in Santa Rosa (near San Francisco), Las Vegas and Thousand Oaks in the Los Angeles area. He lives in Las Vegas; Nevada, unlike California, has no state income tax.
    Following are this week's world rankings of professional players with Northern California ties (change from last week in parentheses):
   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. 63 in singles (+1), No. 133 in doubles (-2).
   Scott Lipsky, 32 years old, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 37 in doubles (-3), unranked in singles.
   Sam Querrey, 26 years old, San Francisco native, Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 62 in singles (-5), No. 114 in doubles (+83).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 31 years old, trains at Gorin Tennis Academy in Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay -- No. 30 in singles (no change), No. 108 in doubles (+1).
   Mallory Burdette, 23 years old, NCAA singles runner-up in 2012 and NCAA doubles champion in 2011 and 2012 from Stanford -- No. 219 in singles (-56), No. 1,137 in doubles (+2).
   Nicole Gibbs, 21 years old, NCAA singles champion in 2012 and 2013 and NCAA doubles champion in 2012 from Stanford -- No. 192 in singles (-1), No. 405 in doubles (-3).
   Macall Harkins, 28 years old, Redding resident -- No. 358 in doubles (-26), No. 687 in singles (-3).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 31 years old, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 18 in doubles (+1), No. 1,094 in singles (-8).
   Maria Sanchez, 24 years old, born and raised in Modesto -- No. 100 in doubles (no change), No. 245 in singles (-32).
   No. 16 Cal def. No. 19 Tulsa 7-0 in Berkeley. No. 1 singles: No. 28 Denise Starr def. Isaura Enrique 6-4, 6-4. Clinching match: At No. 6, Maegan Manasse, ranked 108th, def. Saana Saartienen 6-0, 7-5. Records: Cal 8-4, Tulsa 12-4.
   Texas-Arlington def. Sacramento State 4-2 in Sacramento. No. 1 singles: Elizabeth Thoms (TA) def. Jennifer Nguyen 1-4, retired. Clinching match: At No. 3, Angeles de los Rios def. Alina Soltanici 6-4, 6-2. Records: Texas-Arlington 8-6, Sac State 4-8.
   Idaho def. Sacramento State 4-1 in Sacramento. No. 1 singles: Artemiy Nikitin (I) def. Roy Brandys 6-1, 7-5. Records: Idaho 6-9, Sac State 5-11.

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