Nicole Gibbs vs Falconi by Tennisguy

This is a match from the 1st round of the Indian Harbour Beach ITF tournament(clay) between two players from USA, Nicole Gibbs and Irina Falconi.

 

Gibbs is ranked 167 and Falconi 141. They have only met once before in a meeting that took place this year in the Innisbrook ITF tournament(clay) which Gibbs won 6-2, 6-2.

 

Gibbs has a 11-5 record on clay this year compared to Falconi who is 6-6. Gibbs seems to play much better on clay this year and that shows in her results so far. Last week she lost to Grace Min 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the Charlottesville ITF tournament but she did manage to take a set to 0 so that means her game is really advancing. I say this because Min is 16-2 on clay this year and is a good player on clay courts.

 

Falconi also played last week in the Charlottesville ITF tournament and lost in the first round to Taylor Townsend 6-4, 7-6(7), the eventual winner there. She played an ok match but she has to much of a passive style of play to even consider to bother Townsend. I think that will be the case in this match also because Gibbs is a player that goes for a lot of winners and also the fact that Falconi' serve is very weak will prove to be an important factor.

 

Gibbs is the favorite in this match and rightfully so. She won easily in their only encounter so far that was on clay and I think she is going to be able to do it again today.

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Nicole Gibbs to win Pinnacle 1.51 8 2-1 WON (+4.08 units)
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