A formidable group of former college tennis stars will try to make some noise in singles action at this year's US Open. Included in that group are ex-Stanford All-Americans Nicole Gibbs and Mallory Burdette.
Gibbs, the Santa Monica native who'll be a senior this season despite giving up her final year of eligibility, received a main-draw wild card and will face Italian Flavia Pennetta in the first round on Tuesday.
Pennetta, a three-time US Open quarterfinalist and former top-10 player, is currently ranked 86. Gibbs won her second straight NCAA singles title last spring before turning pro this summer and was honored last weekend as a member of the ITA All-Star team. She's currently ranked 171 on the WTA Tour.
Burdette, Gibbs' former doubles partner, also drew a tough opener at the US Open in former US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. They will meet Tuesday morning, as well.
The 29th-seeded Russian is a two-time champion, but has been struggling with an abdominal injury since her run to the quarterfinals of the French Open.
Burdette, from Jackson, Ga., is currently ranked No. 97 on the WTA Tour and is looking to improve on her third round finish in the 2012 US Open.