CoCo Vandeweghe vs Nicole Gibbs, Stanford R2 Preview

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?? CoCo Vandeweghe vs ?? Nicole Gibbs

Two Californian natives will go head-to-head at the second round stage of the Bank of the West Classic on Thursday when CoCo Vandeweghe takes on Nicole Gibbs. Vandeweghe’s best has been very good in 2017, highlighted by a run to the semi-finals at the Australian Open and more recently a quarter-final showing at Wimbledon. Back at home in the United States, Vandeweghe will be hoping to contend for the biggest titles throughout the new few months, gaining momentum in Stanford will be important for Vandeweghe.

Nicole Gibbs of the United States in action during her first round match at the 2017 Bank of the West Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Vandeweghe and Gibbs had contrasting pathways to the second round stage in Stanford. Vandeweghe cruised through her opening match, winning the first set 6-2 over Ajla Tomljanovic, before her opponent retired injured. Nicole Gibbs laboured through her opening round match, winning an epic mess of a match 4-6 6-2 7-6 over 17-year-old Claire Liu. Gibbs looked down and out throughout the third set, especially when she trailed 1-4, it was a good fightback from Gibbs but she also showed fragility throughout the match.

The only previous match between the pair took place in Stanford last year, Vandeweghe came from a set down to claim a 2-6 6-4 6-2 win. I suspect Vandeweghe will again get the better of Gibbs when they meet 12 months later at the same venue. Vandeweghe has all the firepower to easily dispose of Gibbs. Vandeweghe will be eager to dominate in this match-up as she knows she should be too strong. Gibbs served very poorly in her opening round match and has continually shown fragility behind her own serve this year meaning she will really struggle to keep up with Vandeweghe who has one of the best serves in women’s tennis.

Prediction: CoCo Vandeweghe to defeat Nicole Gibbs in 2 sets

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