Sunday, September 11, 2011

Stanford's Gibbs drops two U.S. Open junior semis

   Nicole Gibbs came up short again Saturday. Still, the Stanford sophomore is having an outstanding year.
   Gibbs, from Santa Monica, lost to Grace Min of Lawrenceville, Ga., 6-3, 6-3 in a matchup of unseeded players in the U.S. Open junior girls semifinals at Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
   In junior girls doubles, the unseeded team of Gibbs and Kyle McPhillips of Willoughby, Ohio, stunned second-seeded Victoria Bosio of Argentina and Montserrat Gonzalez of Paraguay 6-1, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. Gibbs and McPhillips then fell to sixth-seeded Irina Kromacheva of Russia and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-3.
   Gibbs reached the NCAA singles semifinals on her home courts as a freshman in May before losing to top-ranked and eventual champion Jana Juricova, then a junior, of Cal.
   Gibbs also advanced to the girls 18 singles final in the USTA Junior National Championships for the second consecutive year last month in San Diego.
   King in final --Vania King, a member of the Sacramento Capitals who grew up in Long Beach, and Yaroslava Shvedova, a Moscow native who plays for Kazakhstan, will play for their second straight U.S. Open women's doubles title today.
   The third seeds will meet fourth-seeded Liezel Huber, a U.S. citizen originally from South Africa, and Lisa Raymond of Wayne, Pa., at 10 a.m. PDT (ESPN2).
     In the teams' only previous meeting, King and Shvedova won 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the quarterfinals at Cincinnati three weeks ago en route to the title.

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