Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rankings mover of the week: Carol Zhao (down)

Carol Zhao, a Stanford sophomore, addresses the media after
losing to Ana Ivanovic in the second round of the Bank of the
West Classic at Stanford in July. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Carol Zhao, a Stanford sophomore from Canada, tumbled 188 places to No. 549 in the doubles world rankings after losing in the first round at Quebec City on the elite WTA tour last week.
   Zhao, 19, paired with Francoise Abanda, 17, of Canada in a 6-1, 6-2 loss to top-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France. Zhao and Abanda reached the doubles quarterfinals at Quebec City last year, accounting for Zhao's drop in the rankings.
   Babos and Mladenovic advanced to this year's Wimbledon final, losing to second-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy.
   Mladenovic, 21, stunned two-time Grand Slam singles champion Li Na in the first round of the French Open this year and won the 2013 Wimbledon and 2014 Australian Open mixed doubles titles with Daniel Nestor of Canada.
   Zhao is ranked a career-high No. 296 in singles. As a qualifier, she won her first WTA main-draw match in July at Stanford when Yanina Wickmayer, a U.S. Open semifinalist in 2009, retired because of a viral illness with Zhao leading 6-2, 1-0 in the Bank of the West Classic. Zhao then lost to fifth-seeded Ana Ivanovic, formerly ranked No. 1 in the world, 6-1, 6-1.
   Players with Northern California ties ranked in the top 1,000 in the world (change from last week in parentheses):
   Collin Altamirano, 18 years old, 2013 USTA Boys 18 national champion from Sacramento -- No. 751 in singles (-2), No. 894 in doubles (-4).
   Bob Bryan, 36 years old, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 36 years old, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Connor Farren, 19 years old, USC sophomore from Foster City -- No. 992 in singles (+3).
   Bradley Klahn, 24 years old, 2010 NCAA singles champion and 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 118 in singles (+2), No. 165 in doubles (-1).
   Scott Lipsky, 33 years old, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 36 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mackenzie McDonald, 19 years old, UCLA sophomore from Piedmont -- No. 643 in singles (+2), No. 569 in doubles (+2).
   Sam Querrey, 26 years old, San Francisco native, Sacramento Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 52 in singles (-1), No. 64 in doubles (-2).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 31 years old, trains at Gorin Tennis Academy in Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay -- No. 69 in singles (-1), No. 117 in doubles (+1).
   Kristie Ahn, 22 years old, member of Stanford's 2013 NCAA championship team, singles round of 16 in 2014 NCAA Tournament as a senior -- No. 889 in singles (no change), No. 758 in doubles (+8).
   CiCi Bellis, 15 years old, 2014 USTA Girls 18 national champion from Atherton -- No. 433 in singles (-2), No. 887 in doubles (-2).
   Hadley Berg, 18 years old, University of South Carolina freshman from Greenbrae -- No. 985 in doubles (+2).
   Mallory Burdette, 23 years old, NCAA singles runner-up in 2012 and NCAA doubles champion in 2011 and 2012 from Stanford -- Injured, unranked in singles and doubles.
   Nicole Gibbs, 21 years old, NCAA singles champion in 2012 and 2013 and NCAA doubles champion in 2012 from Stanford -- Career-high No. 101 in singles (no change), No. 545 in doubles (+1). 
   Michaela Gordon, 15 years old, 2014 USTA Girls 18 quarterfinalist from Saratoga -- No. 939 in singles (-2).
   Macall Harkins, 28 years old, Concord resident -- No. 409 in doubles (+6), No. 675 in singles (+1).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 31 years old, San Jose resident, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- Career-high No. 11 in doubles (no change), No. 762 in singles (+7).
   Maria Sanchez, 24 years old, born and raised in Modesto -- No. 93 in doubles (-3), No. 265 in singles (+10).
   Karina Vyrlan, 15 years old, Sacramento resident -- No. 847 in singles (+3).
   Allie Will, 23 years old, born in San Mateo -- No. 157 in doubles (-17), No. 468 in singles (+6).
   Carol Zhao, 19 years old, Stanford sophomore -- Career-high No. 296 in singles (+1), No. 549 (-188 in doubles). 

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