By McCarton Ackerman
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., February 16, 2013 – The third edition of the Fresh Start Women’s Open at the Morgan Run Club continued on Saturday with both singles semifinals and the doubles final being played. An all-American singles final was officially locked in after No. 2 seed Nicole Gibbs and No. 6 seed Madison Brengle moved into the finals without the loss of a set this week.
In the first semifinal of the day, Gibbs held the lead throughout the entire match against qualifier Tetyana Arefyeva of Ukraine, easing into the final with a 6-4, 6-3 win. After last year’s US Open, the reigning NCAA champion took nearly three months off to recover from an abdominal strain and has been working her way back into form since.
“I struggled a little bit early on in the college season and so it wasn’t like I feeling ultra confident coming in, but this tournament has been perfect for me in terms of being able to play consecutive matches,” said Gibbs. “I’ve been working through...