First-year student has impressive showing at Bank of the West

Incoming first-year student Michaela Gordon (Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics)

Incoming first-year student and tennis player MICHAELA GORDON had a surprising and impressive qualifying run at the Bank of the West Classic.

The women-only professional tennis tournament, the first stop of the U.S. Open Series, is being held at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium through Sunday, Aug. 6. The tournament has been held at Stanford since 1997.

Gordon came up short in her bid to reach the 32-player main draw, falling 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) to seventh-seeded Marina Erakovic of New Zealand in the second round of qualifying on Sunday.

A native of nearby Saratoga, the 18-year-old Gordon joined rising sophomore EMMA HIGUCHI as the two Cardinal competitors in the qualifying field. On Saturday, Gordon upset former Arizona State All-American Jacqueline Cako in a match that took two hours and 22 minutes to complete. Higuchi lost to Asia Muhammad, 6-3, 6-1 on Saturday.

Higuchi and Gordon received wildcards in the qualifying draw.

Stanford is well represented in the tournament. Former All-Americans KRISTIE AHN and NICOLE GIBBS are scheduled to compete. Ahn and Gibbs, who will team up in doubles later in the week, were members of Stanford’s 2013 NCAA championship team. The doubles draw also features the all-Cardinal pairing of rising junior MELISSA LORD and former All-American CAROL ZHAO.

The Bank of the West Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world.  The event features a 28-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $776,000. Former champions have include Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.

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