Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rankings mover of the week: Nicole Gibbs

Nicole Gibbs is close to reaching her career high of No. 166
in the world in singles. 2012 photo by Paul Bauman
   Nicole Gibbs, who turned pro last June out of Stanford, is approaching her career-high singles ranking.
   The 21-year-old resident of Santa Monica in the Los Angeles area rose 14 places to No. 168 in the world after reaching the second round in Monterrey, Mexico, on the elite WTA Tour last week. She attained a career-high No. 166 last July.
   Gibbs defeated Andrea Hlavackova, a two-time Grand Slam women's doubles champion from the Czech Republic, in the first round in Monterrey before losing to eighth-seeded Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.
   In Gibbs' previous tournament, she advanced to the final of a $25,000 Challenger in Innisbrook, Fla., falling to countrywoman Grace Min.
   Gibbs gave up her senior year at Stanford after winning the last two NCAA singles titles. She also captured the 2012 NCAA doubles crown with Mallory Burdette.
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 -- No. 65 in singles (no change), No. 136 in doubles (-1).
   Scott Lipsky, 32 years old, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 39 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Sam Querrey, 26 years old, San Francisco native, Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 82 in singles (-8), No. 115 in doubles (no change).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 31 years old, trains at Gorin Tennis Academy in Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay -- No. 32 in singles (no change), No. 95 in doubles (+1).
Women
   Mallory Burdette, 23 years old, NCAA singles runner-up in 2012 and NCAA doubles champion in 2011 and 2012 from Stanford -- No. 289 in singles (-51), No. 1,144 in doubles (-1).
   Nicole Gibbs, 21 years old, NCAA singles champion in 2012 and 2013 and NCAA doubles champion in 2012 from Stanford -- No. 168 in singles (+14), No. 407 in doubles (-2).
   Macall Harkins, 28 years old, Redding resident -- No. 371 in doubles (-3), No. 711 in singles (+1).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 31 years old, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 15 in doubles (no change), No. 1,094 in singles (-3).
   Maria Sanchez, 24 years old, born and raised in Modesto -- No. 102 in doubles (-3), No. 244 in singles (no change).

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