Saturday, June 13, 2015

Rankings mover of the week: Kristie Ahn (up)

Kristie Ahn, shown in the Redding Challenger last September,
won the recent $25,000 Changwon (South Korea) Challenger.
Photo by Paul Bauman
   Former Stanford star Kristie Ahn soared 127 places to No. 338 in the world this week after winning the recent $25,000 Changwon (South Korea) Challenger.
   Ahn, who will turn 23 on Monday, did not lose a set in her five matches. She benefited from two second-set retirements, one in the first round and the other in the final against Ye-Ra Lee of South Korea.
   It was Ahn's first singles championship since the $25,000 Hammond (La.) Challenger in 2009 and her first title of any kind since she paired with ex-Stanford teammate Nicole Gibbs in doubles at the $50,000 Raleigh (N.C.) Challenger in 2010. 
   The 5-foot-5 (1.65-meter) Ahn, from Upper Saddle River, N.J., has been plagued by injuries since her junior days. When healthy, however, she has had impressive results.
   At 16, Ahn qualified for the 2008 U.S. Open in women's singles before losing to Dinara Safina 6-3, 6-4 in the first round. Safina was ranked seventh at the time and reached No. 1 the following year.
   Ahn advanced to the semifinals of the $25,000 Redding Challenger as a qualifier in 2012 and the quarterfinals there in 2014. She gave Stanford the 2013 NCAA team title, winning the deciding match in a 4-3 victory over Texas A&M in the final.
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. 985 in singles (-47).
   Bob Bryan, 36-year-old former Stanford star -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 37-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. 151 in doubles (+1), No. 241 in singles (-18).
   Scott Lipsky, 33-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 35 in doubles (+1), unranked in singles.
   Mackenzie McDonald, 20-year-old Piedmont resident -- No. 551 in singles (-8), No. 571 in doubles (-3).
   Dennis Novikov, 21-year-old San Jose resident -- No. 198 in singles (-14), No. 194 in doubles (-1).
   Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, 35-year-old member of Sacramento-based California Dream in World Team Tennis (2015) -- No. 56 in doubles (-5).
   Sam Querrey, 27-year-old San Francisco native and former Sacramento Capital in World TeamTennis (2012-13) -- No. 39 in singles (-1), No. 57 in doubles (+6).
   Tennys Sandgren, 23-year-old member of California Dream -- No. 232 in doubles (+4), No. 357 in singles (-1).
   Matt Seeberger, 30-year-old Los Altos resident -- Career-high No. 239 in doubles (+2).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 32-year-old resident of Folsom in Sacramento area -- No. 596 in singles (-267), No. 513 in doubles (+2).
Women
   Kristie Ahn, 22-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 338 in singles (+127), No. 613 in doubles (no change).
   CiCi Bellis, 16-year-old resident of Atherton in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 169 in singles (no change).
   Alexandra Facey, 22-year-old resident of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 739 in doubles (no change).
   Kat Facey, 22-year-old resident of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 739 in doubles (no change).
   Jarmila Gajdosova, 28-year-old member of California Dream (2015) -- No. 52 in singles (+1), No. 69 in doubles (-5).
   Anabel Medina Garrigues, 32-year-old member of California Dream (2015) -- No. 36 (+1) in doubles, unranked in singles.
   Nicole Gibbs, 22-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 100 in singles (-2), unranked in doubles. 
   Michaela Gordon, 15-year-old resident of Saratoga in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 711 in singles (-3).
    Lejla Hodzic, 29-year-old former Stanford standout -- No. 768 in doubles (-8).
    Raquel Kops-Jones, 32-year-old San Jose resident and former Cal star -- No. 14 in doubles (+1), No. 797 in singles (+1).
   Maria Sanchez, 25-year-old Modesto product -- No. 97 in doubles (-8), No. 182 in singles (+10).
   Allie Will, 24-year-old native of San Mateo in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 231 in doubles (+1), No. 608 in singles (-7).
   Carol Zhao, 19-year-old Stanford sophomore -- No. 292 in singles (+1), No. 502 in doubles (no change).

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