Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Querrey leads second-round match at Wimbledon

No. 28 seed Sam Querrey, a San Francisco native, leads
Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 6-4, 5-2 in the second round
at Wimbledon. 2014 photo by Paul Bauman
   San Francisco native Sam Querrey, seeded 28th, led Brazilian left-hander Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 5-2 today when their second-round match at Wimbledon was suspended by rain.
   The encounter between Querrey, ranked 41st, and Bellucci, ranked 62nd, is scheduled to resume on Court 7 on Thursday at 3 a.m. (PDT).  
   It's the second meeting between the 28-year-old veterans. Querrey won 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on an indoor hardcourt in Jacksonville, Fla., in the first round of the 2013 Davis Cup.
   The winner will face top-seeded Novak Djokovic, who eliminated left-hander Adrian Mannarino of France 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5) for his 30th consecutive Grand Slam victory. Djokovic has won Wimbledon the past two years and three times overall.
   Also Thursday, qualifier Dennis Novikov of Milpitas in the San Francisco Bay Area is set to meet No. 31 seed Joao Sousa of Portugal for the first time. The survivor likely will play No. 8 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria in the third round.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bay Area's Novikov wins Wimbledon main-draw debut

Dennis Novikov beat fellow qualifier Luke Saville,
a former Wimbledon junior singles champion,
today in the first round at the All England Club.
2015 photo by Paul Bauman
   Dennis Novikov took another step in his promising career today.
   The resident of Milpitas in the San Francisco Bay Area won his Wimbledon main-draw debut, beating Luke Saville of Australia 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in a matchup of 22-year-old qualifiers.
   Saville won the Wimbledon boys singles title in 2011.
   "First Main draw match at Wimbledon was a success. Onto round 2!" Novikov tweeted.
   Novikov reached the second round of a Grand Slam tournament for the second time. He shocked then-No. 86 Jerzy Janowicz, a 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Pole, as a wild card in the 2012 U.S. Open before losing to Julien Benneteau of France. Janowicz advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals the following year.
   Novikov, 6-foot-4 (1.93 meters) and 200 pounds (90.9 kilograms), is ranked No. 145 in the world.
   "I think he can be top 50 or higher still needs to improve movement as priority #1 through 5," ESPN commentator Brad Gilbert -- a resident of San Rafael in the Bay Area and the former coach of Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray -- tweeted before today's match.
   Novikov is scheduled to face Portugal's Joao Sousa, seeded and ranked No. 31, for the first time in the second round on Thursday. The winner could meet No. 8 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria in the third round.
   Sousa, 27, held off Dmitry Tursunov, a 33-year-old Russian who trains in the Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in 3 hours, 13 minutes.
   It was the first Wimbledon main-draw victory in three attempts for Sousa, who had lost to Stan Wawrinka in straight sets in each of the past two years.
   The injury-plagued Tursunov was playing in his first tournament since losing in straight sets to No. 14 seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in the opening round of the French Open in late May.  
   Tursunov lost in the first round at Wimbledon for the fourth consecutive year and sixth time in the last seven years. He reached the fourth round at the All England Club in 2005 and 2006 for his best singles results in a Grand Slam tournament.
   Ranked a career-high No. 20 in 2006, Tursunov has tumbled to No. 453.

Querrey rallies to win Wimbledon marathon

No. 28 seed Sam Querrey, a San Francisco native,
 defeated Lukas Rosol after losing the first two sets
in tiebreakers. 2014 photo by Paul Bauman
   Critics have accused Sam Querrey over the years of lacking heart.
   But the 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) San Francisco native showed an abundance of it on Monday.
   The 28th-seeded Querrey could have folded after dropping the first two sets against Lukas Rosol, a 6-foot-5 (1.96-meter) Czech, in the first round at Wimbledon. Instead, Querrey rallied to win 6-7 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2, 12-10 in 3 hours, 21 minutes.
   Rosol stunned two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal in the second round in 2012 at the All England Club.
   In contrast to Querrey's marathon, former Stanford All-American Nicole Gibbs bowed out to Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens, a Wimbledon semifinalist three years ago, 6-3, 6-1 in 50 minutes.
   Gibbs, ranked 76th, fell to 0-2 in the singles main draw at Wimbledon. She lost to Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-3, 6-3 last year.
   Gibbs has entered the $50,000 Stockton Challenger, July 12-17 at the new Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center at the University of the Pacific, and the Bank of the West Classic, July 18-24 at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
   Querrey, who pounded 33 aces against Rosol, will face Brazilian left-hander Thomaz Bellucci on Wednesday in a matchup of 28-year-old veterans.
   Bellucci defeated another 28-year-old left-hander, qualifier Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 8-6 in 2 hours, 40 minutes.
   It was Bellucci's first singles victory at Wimbledon since he reached the third round, his best result in the tournament, in 2010. Querrey advanced to the fourth round that year for his career best at Wimbledon.
   Querrey, ranked 41st, is 1-0 against Bellucci, ranked 62nd. Querrey won 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on an indoor hardcourt in Jacksonville, Fla., in the first round of the 2013 Davis Cup.
   The survivor of the Querrey-Bellucci match likely will meet top-seeded Novak Djokovic in the third round. Djokovic has won Wimbledon the past two years and three times overall.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Wimbledon preview: LeBron, Lady Gaga, Obama

   Wimbledon begins today at 4 a.m. PDT (ESPN) and continues through July 10. Here are some players to watch (seeding in parentheses):
Novak Djokovic
Photo by Paul Bauman
MEN
   Novak Djokovic (1) -- Only player who can cool him off, it appears, is LeBron James. Northern California connection: None.
   Andy Murray (2) -- Rehired Ivan Lendl as part-time coach after Lady Gaga turned down job. Considering withdrawing from players' union. NorCal connection: Won first of his 37 tour-level singles titles (fourth among active players) in now-defunct SAP Open in San Jose at 18 in 2006 and repeated in 2007. Also won Aptos Challenger in 2005.
   Roger Federer (3) -- Somehow, it's difficult to imagine Federer picking his butt like a certain Spaniard. It would be like Prince Charles spitting tobacco juice at Buckingham Palace dinner. NorCal connection: None.
   Stan Wawrinka (4) -- Goes back to being "other" Swiss with Federer's return from back problems. NorCal connection: None.
   Milos Raonic (6) -- Added John McEnroe to team as calming influence. NorCal connection: Never lost a set in 13 career matches in SAP Open, winning last three titles (2011-13) before tournament was discontinued.
   Tomas Berdych (10) -- Has worse record against Djokovic than 76ers vs. Warriors. NorCal connection: Reached quarterfinals of 2009 SAP Open as fifth seed in only San Jose appearance.
Serena Williams
Photo by Paul Bauman
WOMEN
   Serena Williams (1) -- Has been stuck on 21 Slams since Barack Obama had dark hair. NorCal connection: Won Bank of the West Classic at Stanford in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
   Garbine Muguruza (2) -- Rafael who? Muguruza becoming new face of Spanish tennis. NorCal connection: Won doubles title in 2014 Bank of the West Classic with fellow Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.
   Agnieszka Radwanska (3) -- Might compete in gymnastics instead of tennis at Olympics. NorCal connection: Runner-up to Dominika Cibulkova in 2013 Bank of the West Classic.
   Simona Halep (5) -- Hasn't played a match since French Open. Then again, neither has Djokovic. However, Djokovic won the French Open and owns three Wimbledon crowns. NorCal connection: Lost in first round of 2011 Bank of the West Classic in only Stanford appearance.
   Madison Keys (9) -- Top-ranked American not named Williams. NorCal connection: Has lost in second round of Bank of the West Classic in both appearances there (2013 and 2015).
   Petra Kvitova (10) -- Lobbying WTA to hold all tournaments on grass, preferably at Wimbledon. NorCal connection: None.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Ex-Stanford star Haviland routed in Tulsa pro final

   Cameron Norrie of Great Britain routed Ryan Haviland, a former Stanford All-American from Greenville, S.C., 6-1, 6-1 on Sunday to win the $25,000 Tulsa (Okla.) Pro Championships.
   Norrie, a singles semifinalist in last month's NCAA Championships in Tulsa as a Texas Christian sophomore, beat Americans in all five of his matches to earn his second singles title in a professional tournament. He won a $15,000 tourney in Mansfield, Texas, last October.
   Haviland, 35, was seeking his first pro singles crown. He launched a comeback last year after missing 11 years because of eight knee surgeries and one elbow operation over six years.

Haviland, who took 11 years off, gains Tulsa pro final

   Ryan Haviland, a former Stanford All-American, defeated Paul Oosterbaan of Kalamazoo, Mich., 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 in a matchup of unseeded players on Saturday to reach the final of the $25,000 Tulsa (Okla.) Pro Championships.
   Haviland, 35, launched a comeback last year after missing 11 years because of eight knee surgeries and one elbow operation over six years. He founded the Haviland Tennis Academy in Greenville, S.C., in 2014.
   Oosterbaan, 6-foot-7 (2.0 meters), recently finished his sophomore season at the University of Georgia. His father, JP, was a member of the University of Michigan's 1989 NCAA championship basketball team.
   Haviland will seek his first professional singles title today against unseeded Cameron Norrie of Great Britain.
   Norrie, a singles semifinalist in last month's NCAA Championships in Tulsa as a Texas Christian sophomore, beat third-seeded Tennys Sandgren of Wesley Chapel, Fla., 6-2, 1-0, retired.
   Sandgren played for the Sacramento-based California Dream in its inaugural World TeamTennis season last July. The Dream folded in January.
   Norrie also knocked off 6-foot-11 (2.11-meter) Reilly Opelka, last year's Wimbledon boys champion, in the first round, sixth-seeded Clay Thompson in the second round and top-seeded Mitchell Krueger in the quarterfinals.
   Haviland ousted eighth-seeded Takanyi Garanganga of Zimbabwe in the first round and fourth-seeded Michael Mmoh, one of the United States' top prospects, in the quarterfnals.
   All five of Norrie's opponents in the tournament are American.

Rankings, Wimbledon TV schedule, calendar

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. 909 in singles (-109).
   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.
   Scott Lipsky, 34-year-old former Stanford All-American -- No. 40 in doubles (-2).
   Mackenzie McDonald, 21-year-old resident of Piedmont in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 418 in singles (+2), No. 555 in doubles (+3).
   Dennis Novikov, 22-year-old resident of Milpitas in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 146 in singles (-4), No. 191 in doubles (-3).
   Sam Querrey, 28-year-old San Francisco native -- No. 33 in singles (-1), No. 41 in doubles (no change).
   Matt Seeberger, 31-year-old San Francisco native and former NCAA Division III singles and doubles champion from UC Santa Cruz -- No. 246 in doubles (-13).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 33-year-old resident of Folsom in Sacramento area -- No. 453 in singles (+3), No. 259 in doubles (-3).
Women
   Kristie Ahn, 24-year-old former Stanford All-American -- No. 224 in singles (-4), No. 446 in doubles (+2).
   Raquel Atawo (formerly Kops-Jones), 33-year-old San Jose resident and 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 23 in doubles (-1).
   CiCi Bellis, 17-year-old resident of Atherton in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 250 in singles (+1), No. 283 in doubles (+2).
   Alexandra Facey, 23-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 606 in doubles (no change). 
   Kat Facey, 23-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 606 in doubles (no change).
   Nicole Gibbs, 23-year-old former NCAA singles and doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 76 in singles (-1), No. 129 in doubles (-3).
   Michaela Gordon, 16-year-old resident of Saratoga in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 658 in singles (no change), No. 603 in doubles (no change). 
   Maegan Manasse, 21-year-old Cal junior -- No. 540 in doubles (no change), No. 749 in singles (no change).
   Maria Sanchez, 26-year-old Modesto product -- No. 68 in doubles (-2), No. 269 in singles (+3).
   Karina Vyrlan, 17-year-old Sacramentan -- Career-high No. 796 in doubles (no change).
   Carol Zhao, 20-year-old Stanford junior -- No. 173 in doubles (-1), No. 316 in singles (+1).
WIMBLEDON TV SCHEDULE
(All times in California)
Monday
   First round (men and women), 4 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (live), ESPN.
Tuesday
   First round (men and women), 4 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (live), ESPN.
Wednesday
   Second round (men and women), 4 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (live), ESPN.
Thursday
   Second round (men and women), 4 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (live), ESPN.
Friday
   Third round (men and women), 4 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (live), ESPN.
Saturday
   Third round (men and women), 5 a.m.-2 p.m. (live), ESPN.
Sunday, July 3
   First-week highlights (men and women), noon-3 p.m., ABC.
Monday, July 4
   Round of 16 (men and women), Centre Court, 5 a.m.-noon (live), ESPN.
   Round of 16 (men and women), Court 1 and outer courts, 4 a.m.-2 p.m. (live), ESPN2.
Tuesday, July 5
   Quarterfinals (women), Centre Court, 5 a.m.-1 p.m. (live), ESPN.
   Quarterfinals (women), Court 1, 5-11 a.m. (live), ESPN2.
Wednesday, July 6
   Quarterfinals (men), Centre Court, 5-11:30 a.m. (live), ESPN2.
   Quarterfinals (men), Court 1, 5 a.m.-1 p.m. (live), ESPN.
Thursday, July 7
   Semifinals (women), 5-10 a.m. (live), ESPN.   
Friday, July 8
   Semifinals (men), 5-11 a.m. (live), ESPN.
Saturday, July 9
   Final (women), 6 a.m.-noon (live), ESPN.
   Final (women), noon-3 p.m. (repeat), ABC.
Sunday, July 10
   Final (men), 6-11:30 a.m. (live), ESPN.
   Final (men), noon-3 p.m. (repeat), ABC.
CALENDAR
   Monday-July 10 -- WIMBLEDON. 2015 champions: Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau, Martina Hingis/Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis/Leander Paes.
   July 12-17 -- $50,000 Stockton Women's Challenger, Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center, University of the Pacific. 2015 (inaugural) champions: Nao Hibino, Jamie Loeb/Sanaz Marand. 
   July 17-24 -- USTA Boys and Girls National Clay Court Championships, various sites.
   July 18-24 -- Bank of the West Classic, Stanford. Top entries: Agnieszka Radwanska, Venus Williams, Johanna Konta, Dominika Cibulkova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Daria Kasatkina, Jelena Ostapenko, CoCo Vandeweghe. 2015 champions: Angelique Kerber, Yi-Fan Xu/Saisai Zheng. 
   July 19-24 -- $50,000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger, Gold River Racquet Club in Sacramento area. 2015 champions: Anhelina Kalinina, Ashley Weinhold/Caitlin Whoriskey.
   Aug. 2-7 -- $25,000 Heritage Bank of Commerce Championships, Moraga Country Club, Moraga, Calif.
   Aug. 5-14 -- USTA Boys and Girls National Championships, various sites.
   Aug. 5-21 -- 2016 SUMMER OLYMPICS, Rio de Janeiro.
   Aug. 8-14 -- $100,000 Nordic Naturals Challenger, Seascape Sports Club, Aptos. 2015 champions: John Millman, Chris Guccione/Artem Sitak.
   AUG. 29-SEPT. 11 -- U.S. OPEN, Flushing Meadows, N.Y. 2015 champions: Novak Djokovic, Flavia Pennetta, Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut, Martina Hingis/Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis/Leander Paes.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

NorCal players face tough openers at Wimbledon

No. 28 seed Sam Querrey drew Lukas Rosol, who stunned
Rafael Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon in 2012,
in this year's tournament. 2014 photo by Paul Bauman
   All four Northern California singles representatives face tough first-round matches at Wimbledon.
   The draw was held Friday, and play is scheduled to begin on Monday.
   San Francisco native Sam Querrey, whose No. 28 seeding matches his age, will face Lukas Rosol, a 30-year-old Czech who stunned two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal in the second round in 2012 at the All England Club.
   The winner of the match between the 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Querrey and the 6-foot-5 (1.96-meter) Rosol could face top seed Novak Djokovic, the two-time defending champion and three-time titlist overall, in the third round.
   Dmitry Tursunov, a 33-year-old Moscow native who trains in the Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay, will meet No. 31 seed Joao Sousa of Portugal.
   But Sousa has never won a main-draw match at Wimbledon, losing to Stan Wawrinka in straight sets in the past two years.
   The injury-plagued Tursunov reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2005 and 2006 but hasn't won a singles match there in five years.
   Dennis Novikov, a Moscow native who grew up in San Jose, Calif.,  and now lives in nearby Milpitas, will make his Wimbledon main-draw debut against Australia's Luke Saville, the 2011 boys singles champion, in a matchup of 22-year-old qualifiers.
   The winners of the Tursunov and Novikov matches will play each other in the second round.
   And Nicole Gibbs, a 23-year-old former Stanford star living in Marina del Rey in the Los Angeles area, will take on Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens, a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2013. Gibbs seeks her first Wimbledon main-draw victory.
   There is one consolation for first-round losers in singles at Wimbledon. Each pockets $41,000.

Novikov earns first Wimbledon main-draw berth

Dennis Novikov, playing in the Tiburon Challenger
last September, defeated Hiroki Moriya in the final
round of Wimbledon qualifying. Photo by Paul Bauman
   No. 28 seed Dennis Novikov of Milpitas in the San Francisco Bay Area beat unseeded Hiroki Moriya of Japan 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 on Friday at Roehampton to earn his first Wimbledon main-draw berth.
   "Unreal feeling qualifying for Main draw Wimbledon! Time for the real show!" tweeted Novikov, a 22-year-old former UCLA star.
   Novikov will play another 22-year-old qualifier, Luke Saville of Australia, in the first round on Monday or Tuesday, weather permitting. Monday's order of play will be announced Sunday.
   Saville won the Wimbledon boys singles title in 2011.
   Novikov is one of three U.S. qualifiers, two men and one women, at Wimbledon. No. 6 seed Bjorn Fratangelo defeated No. 22 Austin Krajicek 6-3, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3, and Julia Boserup beat Barbara Haas of Austria 6-0, 6-4 in a matchup of unseeded players.
   Fratangelo, 22, and Boserup, 24, also will make their Wimbledon main-draw debuts.
   First-round losers in singles at Wimbledon receive $41,000.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Novikov's Wimbledon qualifying match postponed

Dennis Novikov of Milpitas in the San Francisco Bay Area will try to earn
his first berth in the main draw at Wimbledon. 2015 photo by Paul Bauman
  Dennis Novikov must wait at least one more day to learn whether he'll earn his first berth in the main draw at Wimbledon.
   A resident of Milpitas in the San Francisco Bay Area, the 28th-seeded Novikov was unable to play today as rain virtually wiped out play at Roehampton.
   Novikov, a 22-year-old former UCLA star, is scheduled to face unseeded Hiroki Moriya, 25, of Japan for the first time on Friday in the final round of qualifying.
   Moriya seeks his second main-draw berth at Wimbledon. As a qualifier last year, he lost to ninth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia in straight sets in the first round. Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, went on to reach the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year before losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
   Novikov is ranked No. 146 to Moriya's No. 224 and, at 6-foot-4 (1.93 meters) and 200 pounds (91 kilograms), dwarfs his 5-foot-7 (1.70-meter), 143-pound (65-kilogram) opponent.
   Novikov is one of three American men in the final round of qualifying. Sixth-seeded Bjorn Fratangelo will meet 22nd-seeded Austin Krajicek, guaranteeing at least one U.S. qualifier in the main draw.
   Novikov turned pro in 2013 after leading UCLA to the NCAA final as a sophomore.
    He won the singles and doubles titles in the USTA Boys 18 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., in 2012 to earn wild cards for both main draws in the U.S. Open.
   Novikov reached the second round in each event at Flushing Meadows. He shocked 86th-ranked Jerzy Janowicz, a 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Pole and Wimbledon semifinalist in 2013, in singles and teamed with Michael Redlicki to knock off U.S. veterans Bobby Reynolds and Michael Russell in doubles.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Novikov wins thriller in Wimbledon qualifying

Dennis Novikov, playing in the Tiburon (Calif.)
Challenger last September, reached the last
round of Wimbledon qualifying. Photo by
Paul Bauman
   With a dramatic victory today, Dennis Novikov of Milpitas in the San Francisco Bay Area moved within one match of his first main-draw berth at Wimbledon.
   Novikov, seeded 28th, edged Uladzimir Ignatik of Belarus 2-6, 7-6 (3), 10-8 in the second round of qualifying.
   Novikov, a 22-year-old former UCLA star, will face Hiroki Moriya, 25, of Japan for the first time. Moriya upset 14th-seeded Tim Smyczek of Tampa, Fla., 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.
   Novikov is ranked No. 146 to Moriya's No. 224 and, at 6-foot-4 (1.93 meters) and 200 pounds (91 kilograms), dwarfs his 5-foot-7 (1.70-meter), 143-pound (65-kilogram) opponent.
   Novikov is one of three American men in the final round of qualifying. Sixth-seeded Bjorn Fratangelo will meet 22nd-seeded Austin Krajicek, guaranteeing at least one U.S. qualifier in the main draw.
   Novikov turned pro in 2013 after leading UCLA to the NCAA final as a sophomore.
    He won the singles and doubles titles in the USTA Boys 18 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., in 2012 to earn wild cards for both main draws in the U.S. Open.
   Novikov reached the second round in each event at Flushing Meadows. He shocked 86th-ranked Jerzy Janowicz, a 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Pole and Wimbledon semifinalist in 2013, in singles and teamed with Michael Redlicki to knock off U.S. veterans Bobby Reynolds and Michael Russell in doubles.

Chaudhary, Willy earn Sectional 14 singles titles

No. 1 seed Aryan Chaudhary, left, of Santa Clara subdued No. 2
Marcus McDaniel of Vacaville for the boys 14 singles title in the
NorCal Junior Sectional Championships. Photo by Paul Bauman
   SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Aryan Chaudhary should have lost the first set.
   And the second set.
   Instead, he pulled out both to claim the boys 14 singles title in the NorCal Junior Sectional Championships.
   The top-seeded Chaudhary, from Santa Clara, overcame deficits of 3-5 in both sets and a set point against him in the second set to subdue second-seeded Marcus McDaniel of Vacaville 7-5, 7-6 (1) on Tuesday at the Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa.
   "I was making a lot more balls (than McDaniel)," the 13-year-old Chaudhary, ranked second in the 14s in Northern California, explained after the baseline battle in 91-degree (32.8 Celsius) heat. "He just wasn't (on) his game today. I wasn't playing too well, but I was able to force him to make some mistakes. That's how I was able to close out the match."
   McDaniel, ranked fourth in the NorCal 14s at 14 years old, agreed but added that he made a strategic mistake.
   "I just couldn't make that many balls," said the 5-foot-10 (1.78-meter), 130-pound (59-kilogram) McDaniel, who has a punishing forehand. "I played the wrong shot (of Chaudhary's). I should have played the other side. I played his backhand too much, and he's too solid on the backhand side."     
   On the adjacent court, second-seeded Avantika Willy of Dublin beat fifth-seeded Laura Sanders of El Cerrito 6-3, 7-5 for the girls 14 crown.
No. 2 seed Avantika Willy, above, of Dublin
beat No. 5 Laura Sanders of El Cerrito for
the girls 14 crown. Photo by Paul Bauman
   McDaniel served for both sets at 5-3 but surrendered the last four games of the first set and squandered a set point at 5-4 in the second set when he sailed a routine backhand long.
   "I was just starting to press too much, trying to keep pressure on him," McDaniel said. "I wasn't hitting the ball as well as I could, which led to me missing even more and led to me going downhill faster instead of letting him make the errors."
   The 5-foot-9 (1.75-meter), 140-pound (63.5-kilogram) Chaudhary, meanwhile, said he "started staying more calm and trying to reduce my errors and force him to make more errors."
   McDaniel still had a chance to force a decisive third set but dropped the last six points of the tiebreaker to end the match. During the stretch, he committed four unforced errors and a double fault and returned a first serve long.
   "I felt his ball was coming off the strings faster," McDaniel said of the tiebreaker. "He was kind of loose because he had the (first) set under his belt. ... I couldn't make my backhand. It's usually pretty solid."
   McDaniel strongly resembles Piedmont's Mackenzie McDonald, who turned pro this month after sweeping the NCAA singles and doubles titles as a UCLA junior, in several ways. Their first and last names are similar, they look alike facially, and both have slight builds.
   Chaudhary swept in singles and doubles, as he did last year in the 12s in Sunnyvale. Willy, however, won her first sectional title.
   "I just came out mentally prepared," said Willy, who will turn 14 on July 25. "(Sanders) is a great player. I was just really focused, and every point, I was mentally in it."
   Sanders, who was not available for comment, was coming off long three-setters in the quarterfinals and semifinals. But Willy said Sanders didn't appear tired.
   "She may have been, but I couldn't tell," Willy admitted.
NORCAL JUNIOR SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tuesday's finals
At UC Santa Cruz
Girls 18
Singles
   Carolyn Campana (4), Hillsborough, def. Hind Abdelouahid (9), San Jose, walkover.
Doubles
   Hind Abdelouahid, San Jose, and Katie Volynets (3), Walnut Creek, def. Niluka Madurawe, Sunnyvale, and Katya Tabachnik (1), San Francisco, 7-5, 6-4.
Girls 16
Singles
   Connie Ma (2), Dublin, def. Angela Huang, Piedmont, 6-2, 6-0.
Doubles
   Katherine Duong, Cupertino, and Connie Ma (2), Dublin, def. Pamela Duke, San Jose, and Jacquie Tan (1), Elk Grove, 6-3, 6-4.
At Arden Hills Resort & Spa in Sacramento
Boys 14
Singles
   Aryan Chaudhary (1), Santa Clara, def. Marcus McDaniel (2), Vacaville, 7-5, 7-6 (1).
Doubles
   Aryan Chaudhary, Santa Clara, and Hugo Hashimoto (1), San Jose, def. Marcus McDaniel, Vacaville, 0-6, 7-6 (4) [10-2].
Girls 14
Singles
   Avantika Willy (2), Dublin, def. Laura Sanders (5), El Cerrito, 6-3, 7-5.
Doubles
   Allura Zamarripa and Maribella Zamarripa (1), Saint Helena, def. Tiffany Boudagian, South San Francisco, and Vivian Ovrootsky, San Jose, 6-2, 6-1.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Bay Area's Novikov wins in Wimbledon qualifying

Dennis Novikov awaits a serve in the first round of doubles in last
year's U.S. Open. Photo by Paul Bauman
   No. 28 seed Dennis Novikov of Milpitas in the San Francisco Bay Area defeated British wild card Lloyd Glasspool 6-2, 7-5 on Monday in the first round of Wimbledon qualifying.
   Glasspool won the 2015 NCAA doubles title as a Texas senior with Soren Hess-Olesen.
   Novikov, a 22-year-old former UCLA star, is scheduled to face Uladzimir Ignatik of Belarus for the first time on Wednesday. Ignatik, 25, beat Renzo Olivo of Argentina 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
   The winner of the match between Novikov, 6-foot-4 (1.93 meters) and 200 pounds (91 kilograms), and Ignatik likely will face No. 14 seed Tim Smyczek of Tampa, Fla., in the final round of qualifying.
   Smyczek, only 5-foot-9 (1.75 meters) and 160 pounds (72 kilograms), won the $100,000 Tiburon Challenger in the Bay Area last October.
   Novikov, ranked No. 146 to Ignatik's No. 288, seeks his first main-draw berth at Wimbledon. In Novikov's only previous appearance, he lost to Paul-Henri Mathieu of France in the first round of qualifying last year.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Campana tops Volynets to gain Sectional girls 18 final

   No. 4 seed Carolyn Campana of Hillsborough defeated No. 2 Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek 6-2, 6-3 on Monday at UC Santa Cruz to reach the girls 18 final in the NorCal Junior Sectional Championships.
   Campana is ranked 33rd nationally in the 16s, and Volynets is first in the 14s.
   Campana will face No. 9 seed Hind Abdelouahid of San Jose for the title today at 10 a.m. Abdelouahid topped No. 9 Abbie Mulbarger of Woodbridge 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
   Also at 10 a.m. at UC Santa Cruz, No. 2 seed Connie Ma of Dublin will play unseeded Angela Huang of Piedmont in the 16 final. Huang routed No. 1 Stephanie Nguyen of Fremont 6-2, 6-1.
   The boys and girls 14 singles finals are scheduled for today at 11 a.m. at the Arden Hills Resort & Spa in Sacramento.
   No. 1 seed Aryan Chaudhary of Santa Clara will meet No. 2 Marcus McDaniel of Vacaville for the boys' title, and No. 2 Avantika Willy of Dublin will play No. 5 Laura Sanders of El Cerrito for the girls' crown.
  NORCAL JUNIOR SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Monday's semifinals
At UC Santa Cruz
Girls 18
Singles
   Hind Abdelouahid (9), San Jose, def. Abbie Mulbarger (9), Woodbridge, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
   Carolyn Campana (4), Hillsborough, def. Katie Volynets (2), Walnut Creek, 6-2, 6-3.
Doubles
    Hind Abdelouahid, San Jose, and Katie Volynets (3), Walnut Creek, def. Rachel Eason, Union City, and Jessica Tsukiji, San Jose, 6-3, 7-5.
  Niluka Madurawe, Sunnyvale, and Katya Tabachnik (1), San Francisco, vs. Madeline Almeida, El Dorado Hills, and Neha Gupta, Elk Grove, late.
Girls 16
Singles
   Angela Huang, Piedmont, def. Stephanie Nguyen (1), Fremont, 6-2, 6-1.
   Connie Ma (2), Dublin, def. Katherine Duong (3), Cupertino, 6-4, 7-5.
Doubles
   Katherine Duong, Cupertino, and Connie Ma (2), Dublin, def. Nora Lee, Oakland, and Leslie Ligier (3), Cupertino, 6-2, 6-1.
   Pamela Duke, San Jose, and Jacquie Tan (1), Elk Grove, vs. Angela Huang, Piedmont, and Stephanie Ren (4), Saratoga, on Tuesday.
At Arden Hills Resort & Spa in Sacramento
Boys 14
Singles
   Aryan Chaudhary (1), Santa Clara, def. Nino Sabella (5), Milpitas, 6-1, 6-1.
   Marcus McDaniel (2), Vacaville, def. Aidan Mayo (3), Roseville, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
Doubles
   Aryan Chaudhary, Santa Clara, and Hugo Hashimoto (1), San Jose, def. Aidan Mayo, Roseville, and Milad Shafaie (3), San Carlos, walkover.
    Marcus McDaniel, Vacaville, and Jonah Tran (4), Folsom, def. Luke Casper, Santa Cruz, and Philip Martin (2), Los Altos, 4-6, 6-3 {10-7].
Girls 14
Singles
   Laura Sanders (5), El Cerrito, def. Yuu Ishikawa (1), Mountain View, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (3).
   Avantika Willy (2), Dublin, def. Allura Zamarripa (4), Saint Helena, 6-4, 6-1.
Doubles
   Allura Zamarripa and Maribella Zamarripa (1), Saint Helena, def. Amber Marie Lee, Orinda, and Avantika Willy (3), Dublin, 6-1, 6-4.
   Tiffany Boudagian, South San Francisco, and Vivian Ovrootsky, San Jose, def. Mirabelle Brettkelly, San Francisco, and Sravanthi Dandamudi, Cupertino, 6-1, 6-2.

Bellis, 17, captures another South Carolina pro title

CiCi Bellis won her fourth singles title on the ITF Women's Circuit
and third in South Carolina. 2015 photo by Paul Bauman
   Something about South Carolina agrees with CiCi Bellis.
   The third-seeded Bellis, a 17-year-old amateur from Atherton in the San Francisco Bay Area, outclassed qualifier Valeriya Solovyeva of Russia 6-1, 6-3 on Sunday to win the $25,000 Palmetto Pro Open on a hardcourt in Sumter, S.C.
   It was Bellis' fourth singles title on the professional ITF Women's Circuit and third in South Carolina. The other was in Rancho Santa Fe in the San Diego area.
   "It feels amazing," Bellis told the Sumter Item. "I've won three (USTA) Pro Circuit titles (in South Carolina). I love the site. I've never been (to the Palmetto Tennis Center) before, but I just felt really comfortable here."
   Bellis, who did not lose a set or face a seed in the tournament, ended the 23-year-old Solovyeva's winning streak at 11 matches. It was their first career meeting.
  At 15 in 2014, Bellis stunned 12th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in the first round of the U.S. Open. Cibulkova was the runner-up to Li Na in the Australian Open earlier that year.
   Solovyeva, who strongly resembles former world No. 2 Vera Zvonareva of Russia, was playing in only her third tournament of the year in singles and fourth since November 2014 because of a knee injury.

Paul Barretto, Keenan Mayo repeat in Sectionals

   Paul Barretto and Keenan Mayo won their second consecutive NorCal Junior Sectional boys 18 and 16 singles titles, respectively, on Sunday at the Natomas Racquet Club in Sacramento.
   The No. 2-seeded Barretto, a 17-year-old Tiburon resident, beat No. 9 Jenson Brooksby, 15, of Carmichael 6-4, 6-3. The No. 1-seeded Mayo, a Roseville resident who turned 16 last month, dominated No. 9 Ryder Jackson of Nicasio 6-1, 6-1.
   In the quarterfinals of the girls 18s at UC Santa Cruz, No. 4 seed Carolyn Campana of Hillsborough ousted No. 5 Rachel Eason, the defending champion from Union City, 6-4, 6-2.
   Also, No. 2 Katie Volynets, 14, of Walnut Creek dismissed No. 4 Jessi Muljat, 15, of Sacramento 6-3, 6-1. Volynets is ranked first nationally in the 14s.
   Volynets avenged a 6-4, 7-5 loss to Muljat in the 16s final of the USTA International Spring Championships in Carson, Calif., in April.
   No. 1 seed Herrick Legaspi of Sacramento and No. 3 Anushka Khune of Palo Alto won the boys and girls 12 titles, respectively, at the Sunnyvale Tennis Center.
   The quarterfinals of the boys and girls 14s are scheduled for today at 11 a.m. at the Arden Hills Resort & Spa in Sacramento, followed by the semifinals at 3 p.m.
NORCAL JUNIOR SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Finals
At Natomas Racquet Club in Sacramento
Boys 18
Singles
   Paul Barretto (2), Tiburon, def. Jenson Brooksby (9) Carmichael, 6-4, 6-3.
Doubles
   Arjith Jayaraman, Gold River, and Andrew Ton (4), Milpitas, def. Siddharth Chari, Saratoga, and Randy Cory, Salinas, 6-4, 1-6 [11-9].
Boys 16
Singles
   Keenan Mayo (1), Roseville, def. Ryder Jackson (9), Nicasio, 6-1, 6-1.
Doubles
   Sam Gibson, Chico, and Stevie Gould (4), Corte Madera, def. Ryder Jackson, Nicasio, and Zachery Lim (8), Fairfield, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
At Sunnyvale Tennis Center
Boys 12
Singles
  Herrick Legaspi (1), Sacramento, def. Raghav Jangbahadur (4), Palo Alto, 6-2, 6-0.
Doubles
   John Kim, Sunnyvale, and Herrick Legaspi (1), Sacramento, def. Liam Carpenter, Greenbrae, and Patrick Toman (3), Pleasant Hill, 6-2, 6-1.
Girls 12
Singles
   Anushka Khune (3), Palo Alto, def. Georgia Beard (1), Santa Rosa, 6-3, 6-2.
Doubles
   Anushka Khune, Palo Alto, and Madison Weekley (2), Alamo, def. Martina Marica, San Jose, and Kamila Wong (3), Palo Alto, 6-0, 6-2.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Bellis, 17, gains final of $25,000 tourney in Sumter, S.C.

CiCi Bellis of Atherton will play red-hot Valeria Solovyeva of
Russia today for the title in the $25,000 Palmetto Pro Open
in Sumter. S.C. 2015 photo by Paul Bauman
   CiCi Bellis of Atherton in the San Francisco Bay Area won a matchup of teenage amateurs on Saturday to reach her second singles final of the year on the professional ITF Women's Circuit.
    The third-seeded Bellis, 17, beat unseeded Francesca Di Lorenzo, 18, of New Albany, Ohio, 6-2, 6-4 in the $25,000 Palmetto Pro Open on hardcourts in Sumter, S.C.
    Bellis lost to Jamie Loeb, the 2015 NCAA singles champion from North Carolina, in the final of the $25,000 Surprise (Ariz.) Tennis Classic in February.
   Di Lorenzo recently finished her freshman year at Ohio State ranked fourth nationally in college.
   Bellis will play red-hot Valeria Solovyeva, a 23-year-old Russian qualifier, today at 10:30 a.m. PDT for the title.          
   Solovyeva, who bears a striking resemblance to former world No. 2 Vera Zvonareva of Russia, defeated American Caroline Dolehide, a 17-year-old wild card, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 for her 11th consecutive victory.
   Solovyeva is coming off the title in the $25,000 Sanchez-Casal Women's Open last month on clay in Naples, Fla. It was only her second tournament of the year in singles and third since November 2014 because of a knee injury. She reached the semifinals of the $50,000 Sacramento Challenger four years ago.
   Bellis seeks her fourth title on the ITF Women's Circuit and Solovyeva her third.
   If Bellis wins the title, she will have done so without facing a seed. She defeated Australia's Olivia Rogowska, who won the 2014 Sacramento Challenger, in the second round and Canada's Carol Zhao, the NCAA singles runner-up last year as a Stanford sophomore, in the quarterfinals.

Paul Barretto, Keenan Mayo seek Sectional repeats

   Paul Barretto and Keenan Mayo will play for their second consecutive NorCal Junior Sectional boys 18 and 16 singles titles, respectively, today at the Natomas Racquet Club in Sacramento.
   The second-seeded Barretto, from Tiburon, outlasted ninth-seeded Andrew Ton of Milpitas 7-6 (4), 1-6, 7-5 in Saturday's semifinals. The top-seeded Mayo, from Roseville, downed third-seeded Stevie Gould of Corte Madera 6-1, 7-5.
   Barretto, 17, will face ninth-seeded Jenson Brooksby, 15, of Carmichael today at 9:30 a.m. Brooksby beat ninth-seeded Andre Xiao of Saratoga 6-4, 6-1.
   Xiao had ousted top-seeded Kevin Ma of San Ramon 7-6 (9), 6-3 earlier Saturday in the quarterfinals.
   Mayo, who turned 16 last month, will meet ninth-seeded Ryder Jackson of Nicasio today at 9:30 a.m. Jackson outplayed ninth-seeded Karl Lee of Los Altos 6-1, 6-4.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Radwanska, Venus top Stanford acceptance list

Agnieszka Radwanska
2014 photo by Paul Bauman
   Two top-10 players head the acceptance list for the Bank of the West Classic.
   No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and No. 9 Venus Williams of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., have entered the July 18-24 tournament at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
   Radwanska, 27, will make her seventh appearance in the Bank of the West Classic and Williams, who turned 36 on Friday, her 13th.
   Radwanska was the 2013 runner-up to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia at Stanford and reached the quarterfinals last year before losing to eventual champion Angelique Kerber of Germany 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a 2-hour, 26-minute thriller.
   Radwanska also advanced to the Wimbledon final in 2012, losing to Serena Williams.
   Venus Williams has reached the Bank of the West final seven times, winning in 2000 and 2002. Her last appearance in the title match was in 2009, when she fell to Marion Bartoli of France.
   Venus Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, was diagnosed with an incurable energy-sapping disease called Sjogren's Syndrome in 2011.
   A four-time Olympic gold medalist (once in singles and three times in doubles), Venus Williams will compete in the Games for the fourth time in August in Rio de Janeiro.
Venus Williams
2014 photo by Paul Bauman
    Entries in the Bank of the West Classic also include No. 19 Johanna Konta of Great Britain, No. 21 Cibulkova, No. 32 CoCo Vandeweghe of Rancho Santa Fe in the San Diego area, No. 70 Nao Hibino of Japan and No. 75 Nicole Gibbs of Marina del Rey in the Los Angeles region.
   Konta reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in January, and Vandeweghe was the runner-up to Serena Williams in the 2012 Bank of the West Classic. Hibino won the inaugural $50,000 Stockton Challenger last July, and Gibbs won three NCAA titles (two in singles and one in doubles) in her three seasons at Stanford (2011-13).
   Notably absent from the acceptance list are three-time Bank of the West champion Serena Williams and last year's finalists, Kerber and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.
   Four wild cards will be added later. Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark was seeded first as a wild card last year but lost to Varvara Lepchenko of Allentown, Pa., in the second round after receiving a first-round bye.
   Tickets are available at BankOfTheWestClassic.com or 866-WTA-TIXS (866-982-8497).
BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC
July 18-24 at Stanford
Acceptance list (with world rankings)
1. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland, 3
2. Venus Williams, United States, 9
3. Johanna Konta, Great Britain, 19
4. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia, 21
5. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia, 23
6. Daria Kasatikina, Russia, 31
7. CoCo Vandeweghe, United States, 32
8. Jelena Ostapenko, Latvia, 38
9. Lesia Tsurenko, Ukraine, 42
10. Timea Babos, Hungary, 45
11. Misaki Doi, Japan, 48
12. Alize Cornet, France, 58
13. Varvara Lepchenko, United States, 63
14. Kateryna Bondarenko, Ukraine, 65
15. Su-Wei Hsieh, Taiwan, 69
16. Nao Hibino, Japan, 70
17. Nicole Gibbs, United States, 75
18. Saisai Zheng, China, 78
19. Mariana Duque-Marino, Colombia, 79
20. Magda Linette, Poland, 88

Friday, June 17, 2016

Bay Area's McDonald turns professional

Mackenzie McDonald of Piedmont in the San Francisco
Bay Area has decided to forgo his senior year at UCLA
and turn pro. 2015 photo by Paul Bauman 
   To no one's surprise, Mackenzie McDonald of Piedmont in the San Francisco Bay Area has decided to forgo his senior year at UCLA and turn pro.
   McDonald recently became the first man to sweep the NCAA singles and doubles titles since Matias Boeker of Georgia 15 years. The last woman to accomplish the feat was Nicole Gibbs of Stanford in 2012. She also gave up her senior year and is now ranked No. 75 in the world in singles.
   "It was a difficult decision, but at this time I feel more ready than ever to be turning professional," McDonald, who signed a representation agreement with Octogan, said Thursday on uclabruins.com. "The last three years of college tennis have been filled with amazing experiences that I will never forget. I do wish one day to finish my UCLA degree, but until then, I will be working on my professional career."
   McDonald is the fourth UCLA player since 2011 to leave school early for the pro tour, joining Daniel Kosakowski (2011), Dennis Novikov (2013) of Milpitas in the Bay Area and Marcos Giron (2014).
   "It goes without saying that we are sorry to see Mackie leave, as he has meant so much to this program the last three years," UCLA coach Billy Martin, a former Bruins star who reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 1977, said on uclabruins.com. "Our philosophy at UCLA in recruiting top junior players like Mackie is to prepare them for professional tennis, so we are excited when they get this opportunity.
   "All of us at UCLA wish him the best of luck. He will certainly be missed this up and coming season, but we look forward to following his success on the professional tour."
   McDonald, only 5-foot-10 (1.78 meters) and 145 pounds (66 kilograms), already has had considerable success in pro tournaments as an amateur. He is ranked No. 420 in the world under his longtime private coaches, Wayne Ferreira and Rosie Bareis. Ferreira, a South Africa native and former Berkeley resident, reached a career-high No. 6 in 1995.
   Three years ago, before McDonald had enrolled at UCLA, he became the only unranked teenager to qualify for an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, the highest level for men besides the Grand Slams. McDonald stunned then-No. 79 Nicolas Mahut of France and then-No. 128 Steve Johnson of Orange in the Los Angeles are to advance to the main draw in Cincinnati.  
   Johnson, who led USC to four NCAA team titles (2009-12) and won two NCAA singles titles (2011, 2012), now is the fourth-ranked American at No. 39. Mahut is No. 51 at age 34.
   On the U.S. Challenger circuit last fall, McDonald reached the semifinals in Tiburon in the Bay Area, quarterfinals in Sacramento and, as a qualifier, semis in Champaign, Ill.

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.
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. 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).
Women
   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).

TV schedule, calendar

TV SCHEDULE
(All times in California; all broadcasts on Tennis Channel)
Saturday
   Birmingham (women), Halle (men) and London (men), semifinals, 3-9:30 a.m. (live), 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (repeat) and 3 p.m.-midnight (repeat).
Sunday
   Birmingham (women), Halle (men) and London (men), final, 5:30-8:30 a.m. (live), 8:30 a.m.-midnight (repeat).
CALENDAR
   Saturday-Sunday -- NorCal Boys 18 and 16 Junior Sectional Championships, Natomas Racquet Club, Sacramento, Calif.
   Saturday-Sunday -- NorCal 12s Junior Sectional Championships, Sunnyvale Tennis Center, Sunnyvale, Calif. 
   Saturday-Tuesday -- NorCal Girls 18 and 16 Junior Sectional Championships, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Calif.
   Saturday-Tuesday -- NorCal 14s Junior Sectional Championships, Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa, Sacramento, Calif.
   June 27-July 10 -- WIMBLEDON. 2015 champions: Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau, Martina Hingis/Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis/Leander Paes.
   July 12-17 -- $50,000 Stockton Women's Challenger, University of the Pacific. 2015 (inaugural) champions: Nao Hibino, Jamie Loeb/Sanaz Marand. 
   July 17-24 -- USTA Boys and Girls National Clay Court Championships, various sites.
   July 18-24 -- Bank of the West Classic, Stanford. Top entries: Agnieszka Radwanska, Venus Williams, Johanna Konta, Dominika Cibulkova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Daria Kasatkina, Jelena Ostapenko, CoCo Vandeweghe. 2015 champions: Angelique Kerber, Yi-Fan Xu/Saisai Zheng. 
   July 19-24 -- $50,000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger, Gold River Racquet Club in Sacramento area. 2015 champions: Anhelina Kalinina, Ashley Weinhold/Caitlin Whoriskey.
   Aug. 2-7 -- $25,000 Heritage Bank of Commerce Championships, Moraga Country Club, Moraga, Calif.
   Aug. 5-14 -- USTA Boys and Girls National Championships, various sites.
   Aug. 5-21 -- 2016 SUMMER OLYMPICS, Rio de Janeiro.
   Aug. 8-14 -- $100,000 Nordic Naturals Challenger, Seascape Sports Club, Aptos. 2015 champions: John Millman, Chris Guccione/Artem Sitak.
   AUG. 29-SEPT. 11 -- U.S. OPEN, Flushing Meadows, N.Y. 2015 champions: Novak Djokovic, Flavia Pennetta, Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut, Martina Hingis/Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis/Leander Paes.