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Rogowska ousted from USTA Player Development Women’s Classic

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The singles quarterfinals are set at the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic in Carson, Calif., at the USTA Training Center – West at The StubHub Center.

Six Americans advanced to the quarterfinals, including US Open Wild Card Challenge leader Julia Boserup, who upset No. 7 seed and former world No. 32 Romina Oprandi of Switzerland; 2009 US Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin; former USC standout Maria Sanchez; and 18-year-old Louisa Chirico, who won after American Madison Brengle retired with an eye infection.

The key match-up of the day was between former Stanford teammates and friends Nicole Gibbs and Kristie Ahn. Both Gibbs and Ahn were members of the Stanford team that won the 2013 NCAA Team Championship. Ahn, who was a finalist at a USTA Pro Circuit event in Carson in 2010, received medical treatment on her left wrist and back throughout the match. In the end, No. 2 seed Gibbs ran away with the match, winning 6-4, 6-3.

“Kristie is one of my best friends in tennis. I have shared more of my tennis history with her than any other player on the tour,” said Gibbs, who also won the NCAA individual singles title for Stanford in 2012 and 2013. “It was a unique type of pressure today, playing one of your best friends. I don’t know if it was the best tennis from either of us, but I did a good job trying to separate on-the-court from off-the court and keep my mind on playing the tennis that I wanted to play. I am feeling great going into the quarters.”

The sixth American advancing to the quarterfinalist was former University of North Carolina standout Sanaz Marand, who upset top seed Olivia Rogowska of Australia, 6-4, 6-4.

“I went in with the mindset of what I needed to do today on every point,” said Marand. “I stayed strong and stayed positive and I did it—I won. The [USTA Pro] Circuit has made me mentally strong this year. There are a lot of good players, like today. It is tough competition out there and I just have to keep believing.”

Tomorrow’s play begins at 10 a.m., starting with singles and followed by the doubles semifinals. Quarterfinal match-ups include:

No. 2 seed Nicole Gibbs vs. No. 6 seed An Sophie Mestach of Belgium

No. 4 seed Melanie Oudin vs. Julia Boserup

Maria Sanchez vs. Louisa Chirico

Sanaz Marand vs. No. 8 seed Risa Ozaki of Japan

Singles – Second Round

Sanaz Marand (USA) def. (1) Olivia Rogowska (AUS), 6-4, 6-4

(2) Nicole Gibbs (USA) def. (WC) Kristie Ahn (USA), 6-4, 6-3

(4) Melanie Oudin (USA) def. Asia Muhammad (USA), 7-5, 6-3

Louisa Chirico (USA) def. (5) Madison Brengle (USA), 5-0, ret. (eye infection)

Julia Boserup (USA) def. (7) Romina Oprandi (SUI), 6-3, 5-7, 6-1

(8) Risa Ozaki (JPN) def. Michaella Krajicek (NED), 6-1, 7-5

Maria Sanchez (USA) def. Daria Gavrilova (RUS), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

(6) An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) def. (Q) Tatjana Maria (GER), 6-4, 5-7, 6-3