Louisa Chirico will square off against No. 2 Nicole Gibbs in the Carson semifinals.
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CARSON, Calif. – Four Americans moved into the semifinals of the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic in Carson, Calif., on Friday at the USTA Training Center – West at StubHub Center.
Former US Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin will take on 26-year-old veteran and former University of North Carolina star Sanaz Marand following the 10 a.m. doubles final, with two-time NCAA singles champion Nicole Gibbs facing 18-year-old New Yorker Louisa Chirico in the other semifinal.
Oudin, who is from Marietta, Ga., and now is based in Boca Raton, Fla., just returned back to the States five days before the Carson event began on Tuesday following nine weeks in Europe, which was capped off by a solid semifinal showing at a $100,000 ITF tournament in France.
Oudin said she’s finally starting to find her groove after a rough start to the year, which saw her miss four months following a diagnosis in early December that she had rhabdomyolysis, which in part is caused by intense exertion and dehydration.
Oudin said she doesn’t blame anyone – including herself – for her time away from the game, calling it a “fluke thing.”
“Even the doctor told me it can be caused by over-training, dehydration and just bad luck,” she said. “As I looked back, I wasn’t doing anything that I hadn’t done before. The doctor actually said some of it was caused by bad luck.”
Gibbs, the tournament's No. 2 seed, advanced with a 7-6 (2), 6-4 straight-sets win over No. 6 An-Sophie Mestach of Belgium.
Saturday’s play begins at 10 a.m., starting with the doubles final and followed by the singles semifinals. The matchups include:
- Top-seeded Olivia Rogowska (AUS)/Michaella Krajicek (NED) vs. Samantha Crawford (USA)/Sachia Vickery (USA) followed by
- No. 4 seed Melanie Oudin vs. Sanaz Marand followed by
- No. 2 seed Nicole Gibbs vs. Louisa Chirico
This tournament is being streamed live here.
The USTA Pro Circuit event in Carson is taking the place of a women’s tournament in Yakima, Wash., that was faced with a fire in mid-May. The fire destroyed the host site’s clubhouse and impacted some of the adjoining tennis courts.
Admission is free and open to the public all week. For additional information about the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic, visit www.usta.com/carson.