Former Stanford All-American Nicole Gibbs downed Cardinal junior Taylor Davidson, 6-0, 6-2, in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic qualifying round Saturday at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
The two-time NCAA singles champion is looking to play in her third Bank of the West main draw. Gibbs, seeded fifth, will need to beat fourth-seeded Anna Tatishvili on Sunday. Cardinal junior Caroline Doyle lost to second-seeded Kateryna Bondarenko, 6-0, 6-0, in her qualifying match.
The Gibbs-Tatishvili winner will play one of four seeded players in the main draw. Atherton resident CiCi Bellis is one possibility, as are Sabine Lisicki, eighth-seeded Elina Svitolina and Caroline Garcia.
Gibbs, who elected to forego her senior season and turn pro, reached the third round of the 2014 US Open and achieved a career-high ranking of No. 84 in February.
That professional experience came in handy against Davidson, who earned All-America accolades this past season and has compiled 55 career victories over two years. Gibbs has compiled a 56-5 career record at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
Doyle was named an All-Pac-12 Second Team selection as sophomore and earned All-America accolades by advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA Championships. Doyle finished 29-7 overall and 18-3 in duals in 2014-15.