Stanford's Nicole Gibbs advances to NCAA singles semifinals


The Pac-12's last remaining athlete in the NCAA women's singles championship is living to play another day, as No. 13 Nicole Gibbs of Stanford had a dominant performance in a straight-set win over No. 16 Yana Koroleva of Clemson. Clearly the Cardinal's Twitter account for the women's tennis team was excited about today's Round of Eight victory:

While Gibbs dropped just two games to Koroleva on Saturday afternoon, Mother Nature added some unexpected drama to an otherwise brisk match in Urbana, Ill. Play was suspended due to weather in the first set with the Stanford junior holding a 4-1 advantage over her Russian-born opponent. The players waited 90 minutes for a court to become available at the adjacent Atkins Indoor Tennis Center. The delay didn't appear to affect Gibbs as she went on win eight of the nine games played indoors.

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The win also propels the defending NCAA women's singles champion to within two victories of becoming the first Stanford woman to win back-to-back national titles since Amber Liu accomplished that feat in 2003-2004. In addition, the Santa Monica-native could also become the first woman's player to win both NCAA team and singles championships in the same year since Duke's Mallory Cecil in 2009.

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But Gibbs is staying focused on the present and her next opponent: No. 31 Breaunna Addison of Texas:

Sunday's Gibbs-Addison semifinals showdown is set to begin after 11 a.m. PT, depending on weather conditions and court availability.

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