Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Rankings mover of the week: Nicole Gibbs (up)

Ex-Stanford All-American Nicole Gibbs plays in the BNP Paribas Open, March 7
through last Sunday, in Indian Wells. Photo by Mal Taam/www.malt.photo
   Nicole Gibbs, a former Stanford All-American, jumped 21 places to a career-high No. 74 in singles by reaching the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells last week as a qualifier.
   The 5-foot-6 (1.68-meter) Gibbs defeated Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania, 23rd-seeded Madison Keys of Boca Raton, Fla., and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan in straight sets before losing to eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
   It was the first time in three career matches that Gibbs has won a set against Kvitova.
   Gibbs, 23, was playing a two-hour drive east of her home in Marina del Rey in the Los Angeles area.
   Gibbs turned pro in 2013 after winning her second straight NCAA singles title as a junior. She also won the 2012 NCAA doubles crown with Mallory Burdette.
   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. 821 in singles (-8), 968 in doubles (no change).
   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.
   Scott Lipsky, 34-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 43 in doubles (no change).
   Mackenzie McDonald, 20-year-old resident of Piedmont in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 406 in singles (-29), No. 570 in doubles (no change).
   Dennis Novikov, 22-year-old resident of Milpitas in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 153 in singles (no change), No. 163 in doubles (+1).
   Sam Querrey, 28-year-old San Francisco native -- No. 34 in singles (+2), No. 41 in doubles (-2).
   Matt Seeberger, 31-year-old San Francisco native and former UC Santa Cruz star -- No. 156 in doubles (+1).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 33-year-old resident of Folsom in Sacramento area -- No. 490 in singles (+91), No. 266 in doubles (-6).
   Kristie Ahn, 23-year-old former Stanford star -- Career-high No. 202 in singles (+1), No. 439 in doubles (-1).
   Raquel Atawo (formerly Kops-Jones), 33-year-old San Jose resident and former Cal star -- No. 20 in doubles (-1).
   CiCi Bellis, 16-year-old resident of Atherton in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 219 in singles (+12), No. 332 in doubles (-3).
   Alexandra Facey, 23-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 616 in doubles (-5). 
   Kat Facey, 23-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 616 in doubles (-5).
   Nicole Gibbs, 23-year-old former Stanford star -- Career-high No. 74 in singles (+21), career-high No. 124 in doubles (+1).
   Michaela Gordon, 16-year-old resident of Saratoga in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 605 in singles (-1), No. 707 in doubles (-2). 
   Maegan Manasse, 20-year-old Cal junior -- No. 535 in doubles (-5), No. 759 in singles (-2).
   Maria Sanchez, 26-year-old Modesto product -- Career-high No. 68 in doubles (+7), No. 210 in singles (+2).
   Karina Vyrlan, 17-year-old Sacramentan -- Career-high No. 802 in doubles (+6).
   Carol Zhao, 20-year-old Stanford junior -- Career-high No. 168 in doubles (+3), No. 323 in singles (+3).

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