Posted July 10, 2012 on AP on Fox
U.S. wildcard Nicole Gibbs beat Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic on Tuesday to set up a second-round match against Wimbledon champion Serena Williams. Gibbs, a junior at Stanford who won NCAA singles and doubles titles in the spring, is coming off a victory in a $50,000 ITF event in Denver. In other matches, eighth-seeded Marina Erakovic of New Zealand beat Slovakia's Jana Juricova, 6-2, 6-2; Urszula Radwanska of Poland downed Eleni Daniilidou of Greece, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; qualifier Erika Sema of Japan defeated American Alexa Glatch, 6-2, 6-3; and Zheng Saisai of China advanced when Japan's Ayumi Morita retired with a lower back injury.

Serena Williams begins Stanford Title defense with victory over Gibbs

Serena Williams in news conference by David Sweet STANFORD, California – Serena Williams opened her title defense at the Bank of the West Classic on Wednesday against local favorite, wildcard Nicole Gibbs. Nicole Gibbs Gibbs is an All-American in both singles and doubles.  She’s currently a student at Stanford University, where the Bank of the West Classic is being played, so...

Serena jokes about selling serve at champs dinner

For the low, low price of a million dollars, Serena Williams' record-setting serve can be yours. OK, not really, of course. A day after winning her fifth Wimbledon singles title while raising her ace total to 102 for the tournament, Williams is joking she's putting that powerful stroke up for sale. Speaking at the All England Club champions' dinner on Sunday night...

No rest for Serena before Olympics

Serena Williams has had little time to reflect on her first Grand Slam title in two years and even less time to sleep with a schedule she says is ''probably the most hectic it has been in my career.'' And it has only just begun. Three days removed from winning Wimbledon and less than three weeks away from returning to London to go for Olympic gold, a jet-lagged...

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Day 2 at the Bank of the West Classic – Serena Williams arrives

By David Sweet STANFORD, California – Fresh off her title at Wimbledon, Serena Williams has arrived to defend her title at the Bank of the West tournament this week. Williams was seen warming up Tuesday morning from approximately 9am – 10:30am on one of the outside courts.  She hit with her hitting partner, practicing forehands, backhands, and finally her incredible serve....

Serena powers to victory at Stanford

Four days after capturing the singles' title at Wimbledon, fourth-ranked and top-seeded Serena Williams beat reigning NCAA champion Nicole Gibbs 6-2, 6-1 in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic on Wednesday. Gibbs double-faulted to open her first service game and then seemed to regain her composure and played a number of strong points the rest of the way. Williams...

Wimbledon hustles for Olympics

It was 7 a.m. on Saturday, the day Serena Williams would beat Agnieszka Radwanska to win the Wimbledon women's singles title, and Eddie Seaward and his ground staff were already hard at work on the famous Centre Court. Even in a normal year, the 30 staff members who work under Seaward's direction would have been on duty at that hour, but this is not a normal year. Exactly...

Wimbledon: In First Year on ESPN, Women’s Final Up Double-Digits

Airing for the first time on cable television, the Women’s Final of Wimbledon had a double-digit increase in overnight ratings compared to last year. Coverage of Wimbledon featuring the Serena Williams/Agnieszka Radwanska Women’s Final drew a 2.0 overnight rating on ESPN Saturday, up 11% from both Kvitová/Sharapova on NBC last year (1.8) and S. Williams/Zvonareva on NBC in 2010...

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Wild card Gibbs wins; Serena up next

Nicole Gibbs, a junior at Stanford, said she has never played better in her life. Now she gets to play the match of her life. Gibbs, a wild card, beat Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand, 6-4, 6-4, in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic on Tuesday. She faces top-seeded and Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in Wednesday's second round. Gibbs, the NCAA singles and...
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