Gibbs Wins First WTA Level Match, Will Play Serena Williams in Stanford Second Round; July National Open Winners; Tim Russell's Response to Sean Hannity
NCAA champion Nicole Gibbs received a wild card into the Bank of the West Classic, the annual WTA Premier event played on the campus of Stanford University. Gibbs, who just cliamed the title at the $50,000 Pro Circuit event in Denver on Sunday, won her first round match today over qualifier Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand 6-4, 6-4 and will face Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in the second round Wednesday. Gibbs' teammate Mallory Burdette, the NCAA finalist this year, also received a wild card and is scheduled to play her first round match against Great Britain's Anne Keothavong this evening.
Gibbs, 19, was down a break in the opening set to Lertcheewakarn, ranked 174 at 3-4, but she won the last three games of the set. In the second, Lertcheewakarn was again up a break, at 3-2, but was immediately broken back at love. At 4-5, the 2009 Wimbledon girls champion had serving problems, with two costly double faults, including on match point, handing Gibbs her first WTA main draw win.
Next up for Gibbs is none other than five-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams, who had a first round bye.
Gibbs, who was six years old when Williams won her first slam, spoke about facing the top seed in this San Jose Mercury News article. And the Stanford women's tennis website, has put together this amusing Tale of the Tape comparing their lives and careers.
The July National Opens are complete and here is the rundown of the finals results:
Axel Nefve (1) def. Andre Xiao (2) 6-2, 6-1
Brian Shi (4) def. Ryan Fu (3) 6-1, 6-0
Keenan Mayo (1) def. Jenson Brooksby (2) 6-2, 6-1
Andrew Fenty (1) def. Jaycer Calleros (5) 6-3, 6-2
Josie Frazier (1) def. Alexa Butera (2) 6-3, 6-2
Clarissa Hand (2) def. Rachel Lim (1) 2-6, 6-3, 10-3
Carson Branstine (2) def. Taylor Johnson (3) 1-6, 6-4, 10-4
Jasmin Tripathy (1) def. Samantha Gillas (5) 6-3, 6-0
Gabriel Pilones (1) def. Mwendwa Mbithi (3) 6-0, 6-1
Connor Hance (1) def. Jacob Brumm 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
Patrick Kypson (5) def. Zeke Clark (1) 6-4, 7-5
Connor Johnston def. John McNally 6-3, 7-6(5)
Jaeda Daniel (4) def. Nicole Conard 6-4, 6-2
Jessica Livianu (3) def. Jada Hart (1) 6-3, 7-5
Priya Niezgoda (2) def. Morgan Coppoc (4) 6-2, 6-1
Isabella Lorenzini (2) def. Madison Battaglia (3) 6-2, 6-0
Nicolas Podesta (3) def. Kyle Seelig (2) 6-1, 6-1
Kial Kaiser (2) def. Nikolas Ramadan (5) 6-2, 6-4
Ziqi Wang (5) def. Walker Duncan (4) 7-5, 6-3
Chase Colton def. Maximilian Fliegner (1) 1-6, 6-4, 6-0
Meghan Kelley (1) def. Evan Siskova 6-2, 6-4
Alexis Pereira (3) def. Kenadi Hance (4) 6-0, 6-1
Katerina Stewart (1) def. Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (2) 6-2, 6-1
Caroline Dolehide (8) def. Michaela Gordon (7) 6-2, 6-3
Jeremy Lynn def. Jordan Daigle (1) 6-3, 7-6(3)
Quentin Monaghan (5) def. Matthew Nardella 6-1, 6-2
Deiton Baughman (3) def. Henry Craig (1) 6-4, 6-3
Roy Lederman (1) def. Thomas Mayronne 6-3, 7-5
Kimberley Yee (1) def. Moncia Robinson 6-1, 6-3
Spencer Liang (3) def. Rachel Pierson (2) 6-3, 6-4
Kiah Generette def. Carolyn Xie 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
Brooke Austin (1) def. Jerricka Boone (8) 6-2, 6-0
In response to Sean Hannity's critical post on the upcoming changes to the USTA junior competition calendar and format, USTA Junior Competition Committee chair Tim Russell has posted this detailed reply.
It has been my mantra since the particulars of these USTA changes first surfaced that the new structure is too complicated, and change for change's sake is likely to have unintended consequences. Moving away from four junior majors and 128 draws saddens the traditionalist in me, and I do not feel a consensus was reached at the grass roots level before proceeding with this far-reaching reorganizaton. I spoke to Professor Russell about my objections in a meeting at the NCAAs in Athens, and received many of the same responses as Mr. Hannity does here. I appreciated the opportunity to discuss the issues, but because the changes had already been voted on and approved, the debate was more academic than practical.
I believe the USTA wants what we all want: what's best for American tennis. I genuinely hope these changes point us in that direction.