Wednesday, August 19, 2015

New USA Career-High Rankings, August 10 & 17, 2015

Each week I will bring you a list of USAmerican players who have reached a new career-high ranking (CHR). This list covers all players in the Top 1000. Any player outside the Top 1000 generally will not be included unless they have earned at least one point since the prior ranking period. See all the CHR posts.

Note: For the next few iterations of New USA Career-High Rankings, I'll be going biweekly. This post is for the last two weeks; the next post will be August 31 (first day of the US Open) and then I'll have one immediately after the US Open.  After that, we will see.

New WTA Career-High Rankings, August 10, 2015

Player name
New CHR
Last wk
*= previous   CHR
+  from last week
Pvs CHR
If prior to last wk
Date achieved
If prior to last wk
Ellie Halbauer
425
428*
+3


Alexa Graham
544
562*
+18


Lauren Herring
676
730*
+54


Sophie Chang
825
832*
+7


Kristina Smith
830
862
+32
857
7/13/2015
Maegan Manasse
846
853
+7
850
7/27/2015
Brynn Boren
848
870
+22
863
4/13/2015
Malika Rose
880
909
+29
906
7/27/2015
Francesca Di Lorenzo
891
n/a
n/a


Yuki Chiang
924
n/a
n/a
995
4/13/2015
Andie Daniell
927
928*
+1


Tina Tehrani
940
944*
+4


Karyn Guttormsen
960
1021*
+61


Ashley Kratzer
1158
n/a
n/a
1211
6/8/2015



















New WTA Career-High Rankings, August 17, 2015

Player name
New CHR
Last wk
*= previous   CHR
+  from last week
Pvs CHR
If prior to last wk
Date achieved
If prior to last wk
Danielle Lao
288
292
+4
291
7/20/2015
Nicole Frenkel
456
459
+3
458
8/3/2015
Alexa Graham
539
544*
+5


Lauren Herring
669
676*
+7


Brynn Boren
825
848*
+23


Karyn Guttormsen
934
960*
+26


Frances Altick
825
848*
+23













It's been the case all summer: all the women's career-high rankings have come via ITF events. In fact, I believe Irina Falconi's jump after qualifying for and winning a match at Eastbourne in June was the last case of a WTA event rocketing an American woman to a new CHR.

Women's college tennis is definitely the theme here. 12 of the 14 women who achieved new CHRs on August 3 are college-affiliated (including two who have committed to attend college) while 5 of the 7 August 10th CHRs are college-affiliated women. The only ones who aren't so affiliated are Ashley Kratzer (16), Alexa Graham (17), Nicole Frenkel (17), and Ellie Halbauer (18).

Week of July 27:

Gatineau $25K: Up Quebec way, Halbauer and qualifier Malika Rose (Oklahoma State) each earned a point for playing (and, unfortunately, losing) their first round matches.

Rome $25K: Tina Tehrani (Georgetown) was a Lucky Loser and got a point for playing her first round match.

Hong Kong $15K: Yuki Kristina Chang (Pepperdine) qualified and won two main draw matches.


Di Lorenzo signed to play
for OSU. (c) Ohio State Univ
Austin $10K: In the heat of Texas, a huge tournament for newly 18-year-old Francesca Di Lorenzo, who Tennis Recruiting, Di Lorenzo (of New Albany, Ohio) has been the top college recruit the past two years - she ended up choosing Ohio State. She'll have some a decoration for her dorm room!
got her first, second, third, fourth, and fifth pro match wins -- as a wild card -- to capture the title.

Di Lorenzo's opponent in the final was UGA's Lauren Herring, while she beat #2 seed Alexa Graham in the semifinals. Others who won a match in Austin were Kristina N. Smith (UC Irvine), Brynn Boren (USC), and Kratzer, who reached her first pro quarterfinal.

Tunis $10K: Karyn Guttormsen (Oklahoma State) won two matches to reach the quarterfinals.

Week of August 3:

Lexington $50K: Frenkel was the luckiest of losers in this third and final stop in the US Open Wild Card Challenge series of $50Ks. First, she was drawn to face the #1 seed in qualies, but she got a bye when that player was promoted to the main draw. Then, she won her opening qualifying match when her opponent retired after 7 games. THEN she lost her next match, in the final round of qualies. Then, by virtue of 3 withdrawals, she got into the main draw in the same section as the other two Lucky Losers, Jacqueline Cako and Sophie Chang, whom she subsequently beat to make the quarters.

Fort Worth $10K: Frances Altick (Vanderbilt) was the finalist here, as a qualifier, and earned 7 points for that effort. Graham, Herring, and Boren all won their first round matches.

Tunis $10K: Guttormsen got a point for winning her first round match.

Maegan Manasse (Cal) and Andie Daniell (August 3) moved up thanks to others moving down, as did Danielle Lao (USC) and Nicole Frenkel (August 10).

New ATP Career-High Rankings, August 10, 2015

Player name
New CHR
Last wk
*= pvs CHR
+  from last wk
Pvs CHR
If prior to last wk
Date achieved
If prior to last wk
Frances Tiafoe
272
274*
+2

7/27/2015
Eric Quigley
302
305*
+3


Andre Dome
426
437*
+11


Clay Thompson
588
687*
+99


Mico Santiago
707
723
+16
719
6/22/2015
Alex Rybakov
849
854*
+5

7/27/2015
Felix Corwin
1407
n/a
n/a


George Goldhoff
1429
1565
+136
1458
7/29/2013
Zachary McCourt
1868
n/a
n/a















(Not included: Dominic Cotrone (1096, +3), Reilly Opelka (1103, +6), John McNally (1553, +2), Liam Caruana (1562, +3), Zeke Clark (1562, +3), Anderson Reed (1718, +4), and Denny Fafek, Grayson Goldin, Zeke Hindle, Sameer Kumar, Stephen Madonia, Wyatt McCoy, John Patrick Mullane, Gabe Tishman, and Caleb Troy -- all #1745, +2.

New ATP Career-High Rankings, August 17, 2015

Player name
New CHR
Last wk
*= pvs CHR
+  from last wk
Pvs CHR
If prior to last wk
Date achieved
If prior to last wk
Denis Kudla
78
81
+2
79
8/3/2015
Bjorn Fratangelo
106
116*
+10
110
8/3/2015
Austin Krajicek
113
132
+19
114
5/4/2015
Mitchell Krueger
239
241*
+2

8/3/2015
Frances Tiafoe
271
272*
+1


Eric Quigley
297
302*
+5


Winston Lin
993
1067*
+74


Dominic Cotrone
1018
1096*
+78


A.J. Catanzariti
1586
1991
+405
1868
7/27/2015













Not included: Kyle Koch (1400, + 7), John McNally (1548, +5), Liam Caruana (1556, +6), and Zeke Clark (1556, +6).

On the other side of the spectrum, the men had a number of non-college guys make the lists the past two weeks, led by Denis Kudla, Bjorn Fratangelo, Mitchell Krueger, and Frances Tiafoe.

Week of July 27:

USA F23/Edwardsville: A great week for Clay Thompson (UCLA), who reached the final (falling to Evan King (Michigan)). Thompson is now 25-8 this year including qualies, piling up points despite playing a limited schedule. His first foray into challengers this year was a loss the week of August 10 in the Aptos qualies (to Noah Rubin (Wake Forest) no less). Curious to see if he stays with Futures this fall or whether he is ready to try to make it on the challenger circuit.

Also in Edwardsville, wildcard Felix Corwin (Minnesota) entered the rankings (congratulations!) after reaching the quarters, getting his first two career main-draw wins. Mico Santiago joined him in the quarters, while George Goldhoff (Texas) won his first round match.

CAN F6/Saskatoon: Andre Dome (Cal Poly) reached the semis while Zack McCourt (Princeton) got his first career win. Welcome to the rankings, sir!

Week of August 3:

Washington, DC: At this ATP 500, Eric Quigley got a qualies win, which meant 4 points.

USA F24/Decatur: Dominic Cotrone (Florida State) qualified, won a match, and then beat #2 seed Ramkumar Ramanathan in the 2nd round. A.J. Catanzariti (Texas A&M) qualified and then beat fellow qualifier Will Stein (TCU) for a point.

CHN F12/Fuzhou: The only player to pick up wins outside North America toward new CHRs was Winston Lin (Columbia), who qualified in China and then got to the quarters - his 3rd of the year.

Week of August 10:

Montreal: Denis Kudla beat Ryan Harrison and James Duckworth to qualify, but then fell to Donald Young in the first round.

Aptos Challenger: A big one for two guys who were vying for the USTA wild card to the US Open (turns out they both got one). Fratangelo and Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M) played in the semis (Krajicek won in 2) and now have career-high rankings. These guys (plus Jared Donaldson) are the ones most likely to make the next American Top 100 debut. The last player to do it, I believe, was Bradley Klahn back in November 2013. Prior to that were Tim Smyczek (September 2013), Jack Sock (July 2013) and Steve Johnson (June 2013). Please correct me if I'm wrong!

In the August 3 rankings, Alex Rybakov rose due to others falling; while Mitchell Krueger and Quigley did the same thing for the August 10 rankings. Both weeks, Tiafoe rose thanks to others falling.

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