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Gibbs and Burdette advance in Bank of the West Classic

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Rising junior Nicole Gibbs and rising senior Mallory Burdette both advanced in the Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament by winning their first round matches at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

Gibbs, the 2012 NCAA singles champion, defeated Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand 6-4, 6-4 yesterday morning. With the win, Gibbs will be squaring off against tennis legend Serena Williams today.

The No. 1 seed Williams is fresh off her fifth Wimbledon title this past Saturday. As the current No. 4 player in the world, Williams has collected a total of 29 Grand Slam titles, 14 of which come from singles.

Burdette, the 2012 NCAA singles runner-up, stormed back to upset Anne Keothavong of Great Britain 2-6, 7-5, 6-4. The victory means that Burdette will be playing against the No. 2 seed Marion Bartoli in the second round.

Bartoli, the current French No. 1, was ranked as high as seventh in the world in 2012. In addition to being the runner-up at 2007 Wimbledon, she has defeated three world No. 1 players in her career.

Gibbs and Burdette will also team up in doubles play tonight as they face the duo of Natalie Grandin and Vladimira Uhlirova, who own the No. 3 seed for the doubles draw. The former Cardinal teammates won the 2012 NCAA doubles title in May.

            –George Chen

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George Chen is a senior staff writer at The Stanford Daily who writes football, football and more football. Previously he worked at The Daily as the President and Editor in Chief, Executive Editor, Managing Editor of Sports, the football beat reporter and a sports desk editor. George also co-authored The Daily's recent book documenting the rise of Stanford football, "Rags to Roses." He is a senior from Painted Post, NY majoring in Biology. To contact him, please email at [email protected]