Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ex-Stanford teammates fall in French Open qualifying

   Former Stanford teammates Carol Zhao and Kristie Ahn each lost 6-3 in the third set today in the first round of French Open qualifying in Paris.
   Zhao, a 22-year-old Canadian, fell to 37-year-old Italian Francesca Schiavone, the 2010 champion at Roland Garros, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. The match had been suspended by rain at one set apiece on Tuesday.
   Ahn, 25, from Upper Saddle River, N.J., bowed out to Bibiane Schoofs of the Netherlands 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-3.
   U.S. women went 6-4 in the first round of French Open qualifying, including Caroline Dolehide's victory over fellow American Irina Falconi. U.S. men, meanwhile, went 2-9.
   Nicole Gibbs, who won two NCAA titles in singles (2012 and 2013) and one in doubles (2012) before leaving Stanford one year early, is scheduled to play Veronika Kudermetova of Russia for the first time on Thursday in the second round of qualifying.

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