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Gibbs Wins Battle Over Brady, Holds US Open Wild Card Lead

News Release – July 23, 2014

Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships

www.lexingtonchallenger.com

 

Gibbs Wins Battle Over Brady, Holds US Open Wild Card Lead

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The top contender for the USTA Pro Circuit wild card, Nicole Gibbs, got a little closer Thursday as she pulled out a third-set win, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2, over fellow American Jennifer Brady, a wild card who worked her way through the qualifying rounds and into the second round of the main draw.

 

Gibbs, who swept both the 2012 singles and doubles NCAA championship titles while at Stanford University, soldiered through the first set after her hip tightened up midway through the set. As Gibbs struggled to get to the ball, Brady dictated play with her powerful groundstrokes, taking the set in fairly short order.

 

After the set, Gibbs called a trainer and took an injury timeout before coming back to face Brady in the second set. Gaining momentum, she seemed determined not to hand the match to her opponent. With Brady up 5-3, Gibbs held serve then broke Brady, who started to tighten up and over-hit with her huge forehand, making it 5-5. Gibbs won her serve to pull ahead, but Brady was right behind her to tie it up.

 

“I made a mental decision not to hand the match to her and to make her win the match,” Gibbs said. “At the end of the day, I’d rather stand still and not move rather than retire.”

 

In the tiebreak, Gibbs went baseline to baseline with Brady, a rising sophomore at UCLA who as a freshman became only the eighth Bruin to win a PAC 10 singles title. The two went neck and neck, with Brady at match point at 7-7, but Gibbs pulled it out 9-7.

 

“There were a couple of big-hustle plays in the second set,” said Gibbs, “and my hip started to loosen up. Then the adrenaline kicked in the third set, and I wasn’t really feeling it.”

 

She went on in the third set to lay out her game, and Brady tightened up, hitting out a lot more balls as Gibbs got her groove back to win the third set, 6-2.

 

“In the tiebreaker she started to get a little tight and we got to 7-7, then she began running me side to side, and I just had trouble keeping it in the court,” Brady said. “In the third set, I started thinking about how I had it at match point. It was frustrating. She just gets to everything.”

 

Gibbs will now play No. 1-seed Jarmila Gajdosov, 27, of Australia, at noon Friday. Gajdosov is currently ranked 149 in singles. She has won 15 singles titles in her career. The veteran tennis player has been on the pro circuit for almost 10 years and has a career-high ranking of 25.

 

Gibbs said she is trying not to think about the wild card.

 

“But it was another reason to fight through,” she said.

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US Open Wild Card Contenders Oudin and Brengle Also Advance

 

Melanie Oudin, with 57 points, is still running second to Gibbs (97 points) for the USTA Pro Circuit wild card into the US Open and will play American Maria Sanchez in the quarterfinals Friday at 7 p.m. in one of the featured matches.

 

Oudin reached the quarterfinals after a straightforward and confident 6-2, 6-2 win over Chieh-Yu Hsu of Taiwan in the second round Thursday. Ranked as high as 31 in the world, Oudin advanced to the quarterfinals of the US Open in 2009 after winning this tournament in 2008 and is currently ranked 156.

 

Sanchez, a 24-year-old from Modesto, Calif., is currently ranked at 357 but was as high as 107 a little more than a year ago. Sanchez advanced through the qualifying draw of the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships and her first two rounds all in straight sets, except for her first qualifying match. In that initial match, she lost her first set in a tiebreaker to the 2011 tournament’s women’s singles champion, Chiara Scholl, before winning 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-1.

 

Sanchez, who moved back to California recently after training at the Evert Academy and briefly at the USTA training center in Boca Raton, Fla., said her game has started picking up again and, as of late, has gotten better with each match.

 

“This week I’ve gotten five good matches under my belt,” said Sanchez. “Ideally, I don’t want to have to play qualifying, but right now the experience is good for me.”

 

Sanchez said she and Oudin have played each other once – back when they were 16 in juniors.

 

“She’s a great player, and it’ll be a great match,” she said.

 

Following on Oudin’s heels is 24-year-old Madison Brengle of Delaware, who is currently ranked 151 with a career high of 136 earlier this year. The No. 2 seed in this tournament, Brengle defeated Daria Gavrilova of Russia 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, to advance to the quarterfinals, in a long, hard-fought match. Gavrilova is a 20-year-old from Moscow with a current ranking of 142. As a junior player, Gavrilova was ranked No. 1 in the world in 2010, the same year she won the US Open Junior Championships.

 

“It was close the whole time … She’s coming back from an injury, and this is only her second or third tournament back … She’s a very, very good player,” Brengle said of her opponent.

 

Brengle will play No. 8-seeded Romina Oprandi, a 28-year-old from Switzerland, who is currently ranked 176 and in June of 2013 reached her career-high ranking of 32. She has won 22 singles titles on the ITF tour since 2004 and has made 19 Grand Slam main draw appearances; her best finish was in the third round of the 2012 Australian Open. Their match will be played Friday at noon.

 

The other two quarterfinalists, Nao Hibino of Japan and No. 5-seeded Irina Falconi of the United States, will also play each other Friday at noon.

 

 

Quigley and Metka move to the Doubles Semifinals

 

 

Eric Quigley and Kevin Metka defeated New Zealanders Artem Sitak and Marcus Daniell 6-4, 6-4 in front of a hometown crowd Thursday night.

 

The win moves Quigley and Metka into the doubles semi-finals and gives the tennis fans in Lexington another opportunity to cheer on one of their favorites. Quigley certainly appreciates the support, and his doubles partner Kevin Metka loves it, too.

 

“It is good to ride the energy of the crowd,” Metka said.

 

Quigley said the keys to the victory Thursday were strong serves from both he and Metka and making great returns at key moments.

 

Quigley, a University of Kentucky standout, and Metka, one of Ohio State’s top players, have never played doubles together, and have never faced each other across the net. In fact, the USTA paired them up together a few days ago for a wild card spot in this tournament.  So for this tournament, for this week, a Kentucky Wildcat and an Ohio State Buckeye are on the same team, and hoping to give the hometown fans a doubles victory to remember.

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 (Eric Quigley)

For more information, please contact media coordinator Rena Baer at 859-351-3230 or rena.baer@twc.com.  

 

Kentucky Bank Tennis Championship

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center

Lexington, KY

Surface: Hard

 

Thursday, July 24 – RESULTS

 

Women’s Singles – Second Round

(8) Romina Oprandi, SUI, def. Laura Pigossi, BRA, 6-2, 6-4,

(1) Jarmila Gajdosova, AUS, def. WC-Julie Elbaba, USA, 6-1, 6-4,

(5) Irina Falconi, USA, def. Montserrat Gonzalez, PAR, 7-5, 6-2,

(3) Melanie Oudin, USA, def. Chieh-Yu Hsu, TPE, 6-2, 6-2,

Nao Hibino, JPN, def. Miharu Imanishi, JPN, 6-4, 6-2,

Q-Maria Sanchez, USA, def. (6) An-Sophie Mestach, BEL, 6-4, 6-3,

(7) Nicole Gibbs, USA, def. WC-Jennifer Brady, 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-2.

 

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals

(3)  Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith, GBR, def. Stephanie Foretz, FRA, and Emily Webley-Smith, GBR,

6-1, 7-5,

Jamie Loeb and Ashley Weinhold, USA, def. Chieh-Yu Hsu, TPE, and Alexandra Mueller, USA, 6-4, 6-2,

(2) Shuko Aoyama, JPN, and Keri Wong, USA, def. Montserrat Gonzalez, PAR, and Laura Pigossi, BRA,     6-3, 6-3,

WC-Kristie Ahn and Kaitlyn Christian, USA, def. Jacqueline Cako and Natalie Pluskota, USA.

 

Men’s Singles – Second Round

James McGee, IRL, def. Austin Krajicek, USA, 6-0, 6-1,

Ruben Bemelmans, BEL, def. (3) Yuichi Sugita, 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-4,

Wayne Odesnik, USA, def. (8) Hiroki Moriya, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4,, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

 

Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals

James McGee, IRL, and Chase Buchanan, USA, def. WC-Marcos Giron and Dennis Novikov, USA, 6-2, 6-3,

(2) Peter Polansky and Adil Shamasdin, CAN, def. Daniel Evans and Daniel Smethurst, GBR, 6-2, 6-3,

WC-Eric Quigley and Kevin Metka, USA, def. (3) Marcus Daniell and Artem Sitak, NZL, 6-4, 6-4.

 

Friday, July 25 – SCHEDULE

Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals

Stadium 2 – Starting at Noon

(8) Romina Oprandi, SUI, vs. (2) Madison Brengle, followed by,

(1) Jarmila Gajdosova, AUS, vs. (7) Nicole Gibbs, USA, followed by,

(5) Irina Falconi, USA, vs. Nao Hibino, JPN, followed by,

Not before 7 p.m.

(3) Melanie Oudin, USA, vs. Q-Maria Sanchez, USA.

 

Women’s Doubles – Semifinals

Court 3 – Staring at Noon

Jamie Loeb and Ashley Weinhold, USA, vs. (2) Shuko Aoyama, JPN, and Keri Wong, USA, followed by,

(3) Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith, GBR, vs. WC-Kristie Ahn and Kaitlyn Christian, USA.

 

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals

Stadium 1 – Starting at Noon

(6) James Duckworth, AUS, vs. Chase Buchanan, USA, followed by,

James McGee, IRL, vs. Wayne Odesnik, USA, followed by,

Vincent Millot, FRA, vs. (5) James Ward, GBR, followed by,

Following previous match, but not before 7 p.m.

Ruben Bemelmans, BEL, vs. WC-Thanasi Kokkinakis, AUS.

 

Men’s Doubles – Semifinals

Stadium 1 – Following previous match

Jarmere Jenkins, USA, and Sanam Singh, IND, vs. Chase Buchanan, USA, and James McGee, IRL, followed by,

Either on Stadium 1 or 2, whichever is available first

(2) Peter Polansky and Adil Shamasdin, CAN, vs. WC-Eric Quigley and Kevin Metka, USA.

 

For more information, contact:

RENA BAER, Tournament Press Aide

Cell: (859)351-3230

Email: rena.baer@twc.com

 

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