|Nicole Gibbs, playing in the U.S. Open|
last September, returned to the top 100
in singles. Photo by Paul Bauman
The 5-foot-6 (1.68-meter) Gibbs, who turned 23 on Thursday, climbed nine places to No. 95 by advancing to the quarterfinals in Monterrey, Mexico, last week as a qualifier. She reached her career high of No. 84 last March.
Gibbs' former Pacific-10 Conference rival Maria Sanchez, 26, rose seven spots to No. 69 in doubles by gaining the Monterrey final with Petra Martic of Croatia.
Gibbs was a freshman at Stanford when Sanchez was a senior at USC in 2011. Gibbs won three NCAA individual titles, two in singles and one in doubles, before giving up her senior year and turning pro.
Sanchez was named the Pac-10 Women's Player of the Year in 2011 and graduated in real estate.
WORLD RANKINGSPlayers with Northern California ties ranked in the top 1,000 in the world (change from last week in parentheses):