Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Rankings mover of the week: CiCi Bellis (up)

CiCi Bellis, 16, of Atherton catapulted 926 places in the world
doubles rankings to No. 368 by winning the $100,000 Midland
(Mich.) Challenger with Ingrid Neel, 17, of Rochester, Minn.
2015 photo by Paul Bauman
   A world ranking of No. 368 might not sound all that impressive.
   Except when you were No. 1,294 the previous week.
   Such is the case for CiCi Bellis in doubles.
   The 16-year-old amateur from Atherton in the San Francisco Bay Area skyrocketed 926 places in the rankings by winning the $100,000 Dow Corning Tennis Classic in Midland, Mich., with Ingrid Neel, 17, of Rochester, Minn., last week.
   Wild cards Bellis and Neel, playing in their first professional tournament together, knocked off the top three seeds en route to the title. In the final, they beat No. 2 Naomi Broady of Great Britain and Shelby Rogers of Charleston, S.C., 6-2, 6-4.
   Bellis won her biggest doubles title in only her seventh pro doubles event and first since an opening-round loss (with Jacqueline Cako of the United States) in the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford last August. Bellis lives minutes from Stanford.
   Bellis reached the second round of singles in Midland to improve two notches to No. 217. She upset No. 2 seed and defending champion Tatjana Maria of Germany before losing to wild card and eventual runner-up Robin Anderson of Matawan, N.J.
   Players with Northern California ties ranked in the top 1,000 in the world (change from last week in parentheses): 
   Collin Altamirano, 20-year-old Sacramentan -- No. 813 in singles (no change), 971 in doubles (-6).
   Bob Bryan, 37-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 5 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 37-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 6 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Bradley Klahn, 25-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 936 in singles (-1).
   Scott Lipsky, 34-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 38 in doubles (+1).
   Mackenzie McDonald, 20-year-old resident of Piedmont in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 378 in singles (+1), No. 575 in doubles (no change).
   Dennis Novikov, 22-year-old resident of Milpitas in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 150 in singles (no change), No. 167 in doubles (+4).
   Sam Querrey, 28-year-old San Francisco native -- No. 58 in singles (+2), No. 37 in doubles (no change).
   Matt Seeberger, 31-year-old San Francisco native and former UC Santa Cruz star -- No. 157 in doubles (-1).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 33-year-old resident of Folsom in Sacramento area -- No. 263 in doubles (no change).
   Kristie Ahn, 23-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 208 in singles (-6), No. 440 in doubles (-45).
   Raquel Atawo (formerly Kops-Jones), 33-year-old San Jose resident and former Cal star -- No. 19 in doubles (no change).
   CiCi Bellis, 16-year-old resident of Atherton in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 217 in singles (+2), career-high No. 368 in doubles (+926).
   Alexandra Facey, 22-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 625 in doubles (+1). 
   Kat Facey, 22-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 625 in doubles (+1).
   Nicole Gibbs, 22-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 105 in singles (-2), career-high No. 143 in doubles (+15).
   Michaela Gordon, 16-year-old resident of Saratoga in San Francisco Bay Area -- Career-high No. 605 in singles (+50), career-high No. 707 in doubles (+6). 
   Maegan Manasse, 20-year-old Cal junior -- No. 530 in doubles (+2), No. 759 in singles (-2).
   Maria Sanchez, 26-year-old Modesto product -- Career-high No. 76 in doubles (no change), No. 180 in singles (no change).
   Karina Vyrlan, 17-year-old Sacramentan -- Career-high No. 936 in doubles (+1).
   Carol Zhao, 20-year-old Stanford junior -- Career-high No. 179 in doubles (no change), No. 341 in singles (-2).

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