Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Rankings mover of the week: Maria Sanchez (down)

Modesto product Maria Sanchez fell out of the
top 100 in doubles. File photo by Paul Bauman
   Even while Maria Sanchez struggled in singles last year, she remained in the top 100 in doubles.
   No longer.
   The 25-year-old Modesto product and USC graduate dropped from No. 94 to No. 106 this week after losing in the first round of the $100,000 Midland (Mich.) Challenger with countrywoman Asia Muhammad.
   Sanchez and Sharon Fichman of Canada gained last year's final in Midland, losing to fourth-seeded Anna Tatishvili of the United States and Heather Watson of Great Britain 7-5, 5-7 [10-6]. Sanchez, 5-foot-10 (1.78 meters), went on to reach a career-high No. 79 in doubles last November.
   After ending 2014 by advancing to four straight doubles finals in $50,000 tournaments, winning two, Sanchez has yet to win a doubles match this year. She opened 2015 by losing in the first round at Auckland on the WTA tour as the defending champion with Fichman, followed by three Challenger losses.
   Ranked a career-high No. 107 in singles in July 2013, Sanchez has tumbled to No. 224. 
WORLD RANKINGS
   Players with Northern California ties ranked in the top 1,000 in the world (change from last week in parentheses):
Men
   Collin Altamirano, 19-year-old Sacramentan -- No. 749 in singles (+1), No. 886 in doubles (-2).
   Bob Bryan, 36-year-old former Stanford star -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 36-year-old former Stanford star -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Bradley Klahn, 24-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 204 in singles (+17), No. 138 in doubles (-2).
   Scott Lipsky, 33-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 33 in doubles (-1), unranked in singles.
   Mackenzie McDonald, 19-year-old Piedmont resident -- No. 631 in singles (+3), No. 559 in doubles (-4).
   Dennis Novikov, 21-year-old San Jose resident -- No. 271 in singles (-1), career-high No. 293 in doubles (no change).
   Sam Querrey, 27-year-old San Francisco native and former Sacramento Capital in World TeamTennis (2012-13) -- No. 39 in singles (+2), No. 64 in doubles (-1).
   Matt Seeberger, 30-year-old Los Altos resident -- No. 394 in doubles (+2).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 32-year-old resident of Folsom in Sacramento area -- No. 140 in singles (-2), No. 241 in doubles (+1).
Women
   Kristie Ahn, 22-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 542 in singles (no change), No. 608 in doubles (-6).
   CiCi Bellis, 15-year-old resident of Atherton in San Francisco Bay Area -- Career-high No. 244 in singles (no change), No. 817 in doubles (-3).
   Alexandra Facey, 22-year-old resident of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 727 in doubles (-2).
   Kat Facey, 22-year-old resident of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 727 in doubles (-2).
   Nicole Gibbs, 21-year-old former Stanford star -- Career-high No. 86 in singles (+1), No. 996 in doubles (-2). 
   Michaela Gordon, 15-year-old resident of Saratoga in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 683 in singles (-1).
    Lejla Hodzic, 29-year-old former Stanford standout -- No. 744 in doubles (-4).
    Raquel Kops-Jones, 32-year-old San Jose resident and former Cal star -- Career-high No. 11 in doubles (no change), No. 809 in singles (+2).
   Maria Sanchez, 25-year-old Modesto product -- No. 106 in doubles (-12), No. 224 in singles (-1).
   Karina Vyrlan, 16-year-old Sacramentan -- No. 954 in singles (-2).
   Allie Will, 23-year-old native of San Mateo in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 174 in doubles (-8), No. 569 in singles (-6).
   Carol Zhao, 19-year-old Stanford sophomore -- No. 289 in singles (-2), No. 511 in doubles (-2).

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