Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Rankings movers of the week: Gibbs, Sanchez (both up)

Nicole Gibbs, playing in the U.S. Open
last September, returned to the top 100
in singles. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Former Stanford star Nicole Gibbs returned to the top 100 in singles, and Modesto native Maria Sanchez attained a career high in doubles.
   The 5-foot-6 (1.68-meter) Gibbs, who turned 23 on Thursday, climbed nine places to No. 95 by advancing to the quarterfinals in Monterrey, Mexico, last week as a qualifier. She reached her career high of No. 84 last March.
  Gibbs' former Pacific-10 Conference rival Maria Sanchez, 26, rose seven spots to No. 69 in doubles by gaining the Monterrey final with Petra Martic of Croatia.
  Gibbs was a freshman at Stanford when Sanchez was a senior at USC in 2011. Gibbs won three NCAA individual titles, two in singles and one in doubles, before giving up her senior year and turning pro.
   Sanchez was named the Pac-10 Women's Player of the Year in 2011 and graduated in real estate.
   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 (+2), 968 in doubles (+3).
   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. 377 in singles (+4), No. 570 in doubles (+1).
Maria Sanchez, shown at the U.S. Open
last September, rose to a career-high
No. 69 in doubles. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Dennis Novikov, 22-year-old resident of Milpitas in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 153 in singles (-1), No. 164 in doubles (+1).
   Sam Querrey, 28-year-old San Francisco native -- No. 36 in singles (no change), No. 39 in doubles (no change).
   Matt Seeberger, 31-year-old San Francisco native and former UC Santa Cruz star -- No. 157 in doubles (no change).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 33-year-old resident of Folsom in Sacramento area -- No. 581 in singles (+2), No. 260 in doubles (no change).
   Kristie Ahn, 23-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 203 in singles (+2), No. 438 in doubles (+1).
   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. 231 in singles (-30), career-high No. 329 in doubles (+25).
   Alexandra Facey, 23-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 611 in doubles (+2). 
   Kat Facey, 23-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 611 in doubles (+2).
   Nicole Gibbs, 23-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 95 in singles (+9), career-high No. 125 in doubles (+11).
   Michaela Gordon, 16-year-old resident of Saratoga in San Francisco Bay Area -- Career-high No. 604 in singles (+12), No. 705 in doubles (-1). 
   Maegan Manasse, 20-year-old Cal junior -- No. 530 in doubles (-2), No. 757 in singles (-2).
   Maria Sanchez, 26-year-old Modesto product -- Career-high No. 69 in doubles (+7), No. 212 in singles (-24).
   Karina Vyrlan, 17-year-old Sacramentan -- Career-high No. 808 in doubles (no change).
   Carol Zhao, 20-year-old Stanford junior -- Career-high No. 171 in doubles (+4), No. 326 in singles (no change).

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