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Tsay, Gibbs to meet at national championships

 

Menlo Park resident Mary Closs' improbable run through the USTA 16 national tennis championships ended in the Round of 16 with a 6-4, 6-1 loss to Emma Alderman on Wednesday in San Diego.

The unseeded Closs, a junior at St. Francis High, upset a pair of seeded players to reach the final 16 out of a field of 256.

Closs will meet 17-32 seed Kim Guerin in a consolation match Thursday morning.

Closs and teammate Hadley Berg were also knocked out of the doubles main draw in a heart-breaking 7-5, 4-6, 11-9 loss to fourth-seeded Lauren Marker and Alyssa Smith in Wednesday's quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Stanford freshman Ellen Tsay survived a three-set marathon to reach the Round of 16 and a match with future teammate Nicole Gibbs, a Cardinal sophomore who reached the semifinals of the NCAA singles tournament in May.

The 10th-seeded Tsay topped Stephanie Nauta, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, to advance while the fourth-seeded Gibbs downed Courtney Colton, 6-3, 6-1.

Tsay is also alive in the doubles tournament, with teammate Robin Anderson. The duo beat ninth-seeded Madeline Lipp and Jamie Loeb, 6-2, 6-2, to reach Thursday's quarterfinals.

Closs advanced into the Round of 16 of with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory over eighth-seeded Keisha Clousing on Tuesday at Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

Menlo Park resident Mary Closs' improbable run through the USTA 16 national tennis championships ended in the Round of 16 with a 6-4, 6-1 loss to Emma Alderman on Wednesday in San Diego.

Stanford grad Anne Kremer was defeated by Elena Bovina, 5-7 6-2 7-6(4), on Wednesday in the first round of the Emblem Health Bronx Open, part of the ITF women's pro circuit.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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