For the third year in a row, Stanford women’s tennis swept the USTA/ITA Regional Championships, as senior Kristie Ahn cruised to a singles title while freshman Taylor Davidson and junior Ellen Tsay claimed the doubles title in the Northwest Region.
It was announced Wednesday that former Cardinal tennis star Nicole Gibbs had been awarded one of eight wild-card entries into the main draw of the U.S. Open. Gibbs’ entrance into the tournament represents an opportunity for her to re-establish herself on an international stage after a discouraging early exit from the Bank of the West Classic almost a month ago.
All of Stanford’s current and former student athletes have officially been eliminated from the Bank of the West Classic, as Nicole Gibbs, who chose to leave Stanford early to go pro after winning two straight NCAA singles titles in 2012 and 2013, fell in a back-and-forth marathon match against fourth-seeded and World No. 29 American Jamie Hampton.
Nicole Gibbs is now the only Stanford-affiliated athlete remaining in the Bank of the West Classic tournament after the conclusion of the first rounds of both the singles and doubles brackets after a tough loss (2-6, 6-3, 10-8) by former Cardinal standout Mallory Burdette and partner Sorana Cirstea in their first match of the doubles tournament.
Five current and former members of the NCAA Champion Stanford Women’s Tennis squad were named to the playing field of the Bank of the West Classic, which kicked off on Monday at Taube Tennis Center.
Freshman Krista Hardebeck debuted as the Cardinal’s No. 3 singles player this season for the women’s tennis team and made an instant impact, rising to as high as No. 14 in the national rankings. But she saved her biggest win for last, bouncing back from a 1-6, 1-5 deficit in the deciding match of the national semifinal against Florida to send Stanford to the finals. She spoke with The Daily about her freshman season and about winning the team national championship.
Junior Nicole Gibbs captured the NCAA singles title over Nebraska’s Mary Weatherholt 6-2, 6-4 on Monday, successfully defending her title to become the first repeat… Continue Reading »