Youngster nets circuit success in Europe

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Rising Albany tennis star Abbi Gibson has performed strongly at two European tournaments.
Camera IconRising Albany tennis star Abbi Gibson has performed strongly at two European tournaments. Credit: Laurie Benson

Albany tennis star Abbi Gibson will make her second consecutive quarterfinals appearance on a European Tour, co-ordinated by Tennis Australia.

Gibson will play her quarterfinal at the Bludenz European Junior Open in Austria later today as she looks to better her quarterfinal exit at the first tournament of the trip earlier this month.

Playing in the girls singles 14s main draw, Gibson won her first round encounter on Monday against Austria’s No.9 seed Anna Lena Ebster, 6-3, 6-1, before progressing to defeat Italian Giada Rossi in the second round on Tuesday, 6-3, 6-1.

Gibson, one of only two Australians left in the singles main draw, defeated Italian seventh seed Irina Michela Furtuna in Wednesday’s third round in Bludenz, 6-2, 6-1.

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She will now face Serbian No.2 seed Laura Dukic today for a place in the final four.

The first tournament of the tour was the Bavarian Junior Open in Augsburg, Germany and Gibson also reached the quarterfinals of the girls singles 14s main draw there.

She was the last Australian left in the main draw and put up a real fight in the quarterfinal against Swiss No.2 seed Celine Naef before going down 6-2, 6-4.

Gibson had earlier blitzed through the opening round 6-0, 6-1 and then defeated Czech seventh seed Viktorie Hazmukova 6-4, 6-3.

In a marathon round of 16 game, Gibson booked her quarterfinal place with a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1), 6-1 win over Russian No.12 seed Elizaveta Krokhina.

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