Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Rankings mover of the week: CiCi Bellis (up)

CiCi Bellis addresses the media after stunning 12th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova
last August in the first round of the U.S. Open. Photo courtesy of USTA.
   Only 15 years old, CiCi Bellis is closing in on the top 200 in the world.
   Bellis, a resident of Atherton in the San Francisco Bay Area, rose 29 places to a career-high No. 215 after winning the $25,000 Fresh Start Women's Open in the San Diego suburb of Rancho Santa Fe earlier this month.
   It was Bellis' third singles title in a professional tournament (all $25,000 events) and first in her home state.
   Bellis, who will turn 16 next month, said in this month's Tennis magazine that she will turn pro if she cracks the top 100. Otherwise, she would like to attend Stanford, only a 10-minute drive from her home.
   Bellis became an overnight sensation last August when she stunned 12th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova, the runner-up in the 2014 Australian Open, in the first round of the U.S. Open. Bellis fell in the second round to Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas, ranked 48th then and 32nd now, in three sets.
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. 759 in singles (-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. 205 in singles (-2), No. 150 in doubles (-1).
   Scott Lipsky, 33-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 35 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mackenzie McDonald, 19-year-old Piedmont resident -- No. 628 in singles (-2), No. 558 in doubles (-3).
   Dennis Novikov, 21-year-old San Jose resident -- No. 256 in singles (-3), No. 299 in doubles (-1).
   Sam Querrey, 27-year-old San Francisco native and former Sacramento Capital in World TeamTennis (2012-13) -- No. 43 in singles (no change), No. 64 in doubles (no change).
   Matt Seeberger, 30-year-old Los Altos resident -- No. 398 in doubles (-3).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 32-year-old resident of Folsom in Sacramento area -- No. 151 in singles (no change), No. 250 in doubles (-3).
Women
   Kristie Ahn, 22-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 536 in singles (-2), No. 610 in doubles (-4).
   CiCi Bellis, 15-year-old resident of Atherton in San Francisco Bay Area -- Career-high No. 215 in singles (+29), No. 963 in doubles (-5).
   Alexandra Facey, 22-year-old resident of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 737 in doubles (-4).
   Kat Facey, 22-year-old resident of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 737 in doubles (-4).
   Nicole Gibbs, 22-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 87 in singles (-3), No. 997 in doubles (-4). 
   Michaela Gordon, 15-year-old resident of Saratoga in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 754 in singles (-5).
    Lejla Hodzic, 29-year-old former Stanford standout -- No. 750 in doubles (-4).
    Raquel Kops-Jones, 32-year-old San Jose resident and former Cal star -- Career-high No. 10 in doubles (no change), No. 795 in singles (-7).
   Maria Sanchez, 25-year-old Modesto product -- No. 110 in doubles (-1), No. 206 in singles (+14).
   Karina Vyrlan, 16-year-old Sacramentan -- No. 956 in singles (-5).
   Allie Will, 23-year-old native of San Mateo in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 180 in doubles (-3), No. 567 in singles (-3).
   Carol Zhao, 19-year-old Stanford sophomore -- No. 291 in singles (-2), No. 513 in doubles (+4).

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