Gibbs reaches the championship match


Stanford sophomore Nicole Gibbs reached the finals of the USTA Junior National Tennis Championships with a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 (4) victory over second-seeded Krista Hardebeck at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego on Saturday.

The fourth-seeded Gibbs, who reached the semifinals of the NCAA singles tournament in May, meets top-seeded Lauren Davis on Sunday morning for the title. Davis downed Taylor Townsend, 6-2, 6-1, in the other semifinal. The winner is awarded a wild card into the U.S. Open.

Hardebeck played in the qualifying tournament of the Bank of the West Classic, losing in the first round. She has a record of 28-19 on the pro circuit.

A blue chip prospect, the El Modena High senior is currently considered the No. 1 prospect in the country. According to, she has shown high interest in the four California schools of the Pac-12.

Davis plays on the pro circuit and has four ITF titles to her credit, with career earnings of $42,650. She turned pro in January and is ranked 329th in the WTA.

Meanwhile, Stanford freshman Ellen Tsay advanced to the consolation finals with a 6-2, 6-1 decision over eighth-seeded Kyle McPhillips. The 10th-seeded Tsay meets third-seeded Madison Keys on Sunday morning.

Keys turned pro in February of 2009 and has one ITF singles title to her credit.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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