Friday, June 17, 2016

Rankings mover of the week: Sam Querrey (up)

Champion Sam Querrey, left, poses with runner-up Stefan Kozlov, right, and
tournament director Brian Martinez after the final of the 2014 Sacramento
Challenger. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Sam Querrey was happy to get off European clay and onto grass last week.
   After three straight first-round losses, the 28-year-old San Francisco native reached the semifinals in s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, to improve five spots to No. 32 in the world.
   The 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Querrey is working his way back toward his career high of No. 17 in 2011. He began the year at No. 59.
   Querrey lost to eventual champion Nicolas Mahut of France 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 in s-Hertogenbosch after defeating 18-year-old American Stefan Kozlov 6-3, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.
   After Querrey beat Kozlov 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the hardcourt Sacramento Challenger in 2014, Querrey predicted that the young upstart eventually would reach the top 10 in the world. Ranked No. 763 entering Sacramento, Kozlov is now No. 177.
   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. 800 in singles (+10).
   Bob Bryan, 38-year-old former NCAA singles and doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 4 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 38-year-old former NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 5 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Ryan Haviland, 35-year-old former Stanford All-American -- No. 890 in singles (+4).
   Scott Lipsky, 34-year-old former Stanford All-American -- No. 38 in doubles (-1).
   Mackenzie McDonald, 21-year-old resident of Piedmont in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 420 in singles (+7), No. 558 in doubles (-3).
   Dennis Novikov, 22-year-old resident of Milpitas in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 142 in singles (+4), No. 188 in doubles (-4).
   Sam Querrey, 28-year-old San Francisco native -- No. 32 in singles (+5), No. 41 in doubles (-1).
   Matt Seeberger, 31-year-old San Francisco native and former NCAA Division III singles and doubles champion from UC Santa Cruz -- No. 233 in doubles (-50).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 33-year-old resident of Folsom in Sacramento area -- No. 456 in singles (+2), No. 256 in doubles (-3).
   Kristie Ahn, 24-year-old former Stanford All-American -- No. 220 in singles (-5), No. 448 in doubles (-1).
   Raquel Atawo (formerly Kops-Jones), 33-year-old San Jose resident and 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 22 in doubles (-1).
   CiCi Bellis, 17-year-old resident of Atherton in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 251 in singles (-4), No. 285 in doubles (-6).
   Alexandra Facey, 23-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 606 in doubles (+1). 
   Kat Facey, 23-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 606 in doubles (+1).
   Nicole Gibbs, 23-year-old former NCAA singles and doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 75 in singles (no change), No. 126 in doubles (-2).
   Michaela Gordon, 16-year-old resident of Saratoga in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 658 in singles (+2), No. 603 in doubles (no change). 
   Maegan Manasse, 21-year-old Cal junior -- No. 540 in doubles (-1), No. 749 in singles (-2).
   Maria Sanchez, 26-year-old Modesto product -- No. 66 in doubles (-1), No. 272 in singles (-13).
   Karina Vyrlan, 17-year-old Sacramentan -- Career-high No. 796 in doubles (+3).
   Carol Zhao, 20-year-old Stanford junior -- No. 172 in doubles (-4), No. 317 in singles (no change).

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