Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - January 22, 2010

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ON THE COURT. . . Stanford grads David Martin and Scott Lipsky have accepted a wild-card invitation into the SAP Open, which will be held at San Jose's HP Pavilion beginning Feb. 8. Martin and Lipsky, who won the doubles here two years ago, join fellow Stanford products and brothers, Bob and Mike Bryan, currently ranked first in the world. Lipsky and Martin were 30-10 as a doubles team in their senior year at Stanford in 2003, reaching the semifinals of the NCAA doubles tournament. Martin (34-11) and Lipsky (24-10) also played No.1 and No. 2 singles, respectively. Martin was named National Co-Player of the Year. Their title in San Jose two years ago remains their lone career championship, although the pair has reached four other finals, including Bangkok, Indianapolis and Munich in 2008 and Los Angeles in 2007. Martin is currently ranked 116th in doubles. Lipsky, who won the doubles title at Estoril with Eric Butorac, is ranked 63rd. The Bryan twins have won 56 career doubles titles together and reached 38 other finals. They have been ranked in the top 10 every week since Sept. 9, 2002 . . .Three-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova and current world No. 5 Elena Dementieva will return to the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University in July . . . Nearly four years after winning her first professional women's tennis title, Kristie Ahn will be going to college, and playing tennis. Ahn has signed a national letter of intent to Stanford and will join the team in the fall. A native of Upper Saddle, N.J., Ahn won a Challenger event as a 15-year-old, and owns three career singles titles. Had she kept her earnings, she'd be about $40,000 richer. Ahn entered the pro event after winning the USTA Under-18 Spring Nationals in 2008. In a qualifying tournament, she beat the freshly-anointed NCAA champion Amanda McDowell of Georgia Tech and also beat current Duke junior All-American Ellah Nze and North Carolina senior Sanaz Marand.

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Palo Alto's Daniela Barnea was pleasantly surprised recently when she received an official certificate from FINA, the world governing body for aquatics, notifying she had broken a world record for her age group (women's 65-69) in the 200-meter butterfly. Barnea just can't figure out why it took so long. She swam the race at the Pacific Masters Swimming Long Course Championships at Chabot College in Hayward during July 9-11. Barnea broke six Pacific records at the meet, including one in the 200 fly that also was a national of 3:29.68. The former national mark was 3:36.25 set in 1994. Barnea didn't know it then, but her time also broke the existing world mark of 3:33.04. Thus, the veteran Masters swimmer has another item for her impressive scrapbook of accomplishments.

HELP WANTED . . . Menlo-Atherton is looking for a new head football coach as well as coaches for track and field, swimming and a head frosh-soph baseball coach. Anyone interested can contact Mary Podesta at mpodesta@seq.org or 650-322-5311 ext 5708 . . . Castilleja is looking for an assistant softball coach for this spring. Those interested should contact Athletic Director Jez McIntosh at jez_mcintosh@castilleja.org . . . Pinewood is looking for a head coach for boys' and girls'swimming. Contact Athletic Director Matt Stimson at 941-6044 or at mstimson@pinewood.edu . . . Sacred Heart Prep is seeking an assistant boys' golf coach for the upcoming spring season as well as assistant football coaches for 2010. Interested applicants please contact AD Frank Rodriguez at frodriguez@shschools.org or at (650) 473-4031.

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