Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Rankings mover of the week: Dmitry Tursunov (up)

Dmitry Tursunov, a Russian based in the
Sacramento area, earned his first ATP
World Tour match victory in almost
two years after battling injuries.
2013 photo by Paul Bauman
   Former top-20 singles player Dmitry Tursunov soared 462 places to No. 583 this week after his first ATP World Tour match victory in almost two years.
   Tursunov, a 33-year-old Russian based in the Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay, defeated Sam Groth of Australia in the first round at Acapulco before losing to eventual champion Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4.
   Groth holds the unofficial record with a 163.7-mph (263.4 kph) serve in the 2012 Busan (South Korea) Challenger.
   The victory over Groth was Tursunov's first since he beat Bradley Klahn, the 2010 NCAA champion from Stanford, in the first round on grass at s-Hertogensbosch, the Netherlands, in June 2014.
   Tursunov won the last of his seven career singles titles at s-Hertogenbosch in 2011.
   Klahn has been sidelined since February last year with a herniated disc in his back that required surgery for the second time.
   Tursunov returned to competition last October after missing more than one year with plantar fasciitis in his left foot and pain in his left ankle. He had surgery on the ankle twice in 2009, to remove bone spurs and then a chip.
   The Acapulco tournament was Tursunov's first since the Australian Open in January, when he retired with a hip injury while trailing No. 4 seed and 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (2), 6-3.
   It was Tursunov's first Grand Slam tournament since he lost to Alejandro Gonzalez of Columbia in the first round of the 2014 U.S. Open.
   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. 815 in singles (+2), 971 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 (-2).
   Mackenzie McDonald, 20-year-old resident of Piedmont in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 381 in singles (-3), No. 571 in doubles (+6).
   Dennis Novikov, 22-year-old resident of Milpitas in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 152 in singles (+2), No. 165 in doubles (no change).
   Sam Querrey, 28-year-old San Francisco native -- No. 36 in singles (+7), No. 39 in doubles (-1).
   Matt Seeberger, 31-year-old San Francisco native and former UC Santa Cruz star -- No. 157 in doubles (-2).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 33-year-old resident of Folsom in Sacramento area -- No. 583 in singles (+462), No. 260 in doubles (+4).
   Kristie Ahn, 23-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 205 in singles (+1), No. 439 in doubles (-2).
   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. 201 in singles (+14), career-high No. 354 in doubles (+11).
   Alexandra Facey, 23-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 613 in doubles (+7). 
   Kat Facey, 23-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 613 in doubles (+7).
   Nicole Gibbs, 22-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 104 in singles (-2), career-high No. 136 in doubles (+2).
   Michaela Gordon, 16-year-old resident of Saratoga in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 616 in singles (-12), No. 704 in doubles (-4). 
   Maegan Manasse, 20-year-old Cal junior -- No. 528 in doubles (-1), No. 755 in singles (+3).
   Maria Sanchez, 26-year-old Modesto product -- No. 76 in doubles (-2), No. 188 in singles (-4).
   Karina Vyrlan, 17-year-old Sacramentan -- Career-high No. 808 in doubles (+127).
   Carol Zhao, 20-year-old Stanford junior -- Career-high No. 175 in doubles (+5), No. 326 in singles (+9).

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