Stanford, California: American wild card Nicole Gibbs beat Thailand's Noppawan Lertcheewakarn 6-4, 6-4 and her reward is a second-round meeting with top seed and newly crowned Wimbledon champion Serena Williams at the Bank of the West Classic.
"I am so in awe of her. She is one of my idols," Gibbs said. "It will be such an honor to share the court with her. I grew up watching the Williams sisters. For a while they were American tennis."
Gibbs, the collegiate singles and doubles champion this year, is coming off a victory in a modest ITF event in Denver.