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.
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, 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).
Women
   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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