Playing in a familiar setting on their home court, Stanford All-Americans Nicole Gibbs and Stacey Tan posted straight-set victories on Saturday afternoon, highlighting the opening day of singles qualifying action at the Bank of the West Classic.
The qualifying draw continues Sunday and is open to the public. Gibbs and Tan are scheduled to play the final matches of the day. Gibbs meets Ajla Tomljanovic in Taube Family Tennis Stadium and Tan squares off with Marie-Eve Pelletier on an outside court. The four final qualifiers will be determined Monday morning.
Saturday's action resembled a Stanford dual match, with fellow All-American Kristie Ahn joining Gibbs, Tan and incoming freshman Ellen Tsay all playing inside the stadium. Cardinal grad Hilary Barte is a wild card into the main draw.
At the end of the day, it was Gibbs and Tan advancing to Sunday. However, their victories should not come as much of a surprise, as Gibbs picked up a win during last year's qualifying round before a Sunday loss while Tan shocked Nicole Vaidisova, who was ranked No. 7 at the time, in 2009, before dropping her second match.
Both players have also excelled during their brief time at the college level, earning All-America accolades. Gibbs recently wrapped her freshman season at 46-6 overall and 27-0 in duals while Tan was the NCAA Singles Championships runner-up, while becoming only the 10th unseeded player to appear in the final.
Ahn dropped a 7-5, 6-0 decision to Abigail Spears while Tsay played well in a hard-fought 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 loss to Sheng-Nan Sun.
Three seeded players in the qualifying draw booked victories, as No. 5 Ajla Tomljanovic outlasted Maria Fernanda Alvarez Teran 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (3), No. 7 Rika Fujiwara edged Jessica Pegula 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 and No. 8 Sharon Fichman cruised past Jelena Pandzic 6-2, 6-1.
The top four seeds will take the court on Sunday, led by No. 1 Marina Erakovic. Play begins at 10 a.m.