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Gibbs reaches second round with a victory over Ahn

 

Stanford grad Nicole Gibbs reached the second round of the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships in Lexington, beating former Cardinal teammate Kristie Ahn, 6-0, 6-3, on Wednesday.

Gibbs meets UCLA sophomore Jennifer Brady in the feature match on Thursday. Brady downed Japan's Risa Ozaki, 6-2, 6-4, in their first round match.

Brady qualified for the main draw after beating Stanford sophomore Carol Zhao in the final round of the qualifying tournament.

Brady, who played No. 2 singles for the NCAA champion Bruins in the spring, downed Krista Hardebeck twice during the regular season and recorded a 39-8 overall record, 18-5 against ranked opponents.

Gibbs also beat Ahn en route to the singles title in Carson last week.

Gibbs, a two-time NCAA singles champion, is on track to earn a wild card into the U.S. Open with a solid showing.

A victory over Brady would likely mean a quarterfinal match against the tournament's top seed, 27-year-old Jarmila Gaidosova, who has won a pair of WTA titles in her career.

Gibbs currently ranks a career-best 142 while Gaidosova is at No. 148.

Ahn remained alive in the tournament, joining USC grad Kaitlyn Christian in the doubles tournament.

The pair beat Japan's Nao Hibano and Eri Hozumi, 6-4, 1-6, 10-6 on Wednesday.

Ahn and Christian meet Arizona State grad Jacqueline Cako and Tennessee grad Natalie Pluskota in the next round.

Zhao and doubles partner Danielle Lao, a USC grad, lost to the third-seeded Great Britain duo of Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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