Thanks dos Santos.
I forgot that USO qualies have 16 qualifiers instead of the usual 12 (128 draw), and on top of that several players will use protected ranking.
So Julia would probably have had to beat Gibbs and win the final to make the MD outright, but that was definitely within her capabilities
Well, before she gets to the qualies there are still plenty of points to be defended elsewhere in the states.
Lost in the semi-finals at Yakima.
(8)Nicole Gibbs (USA) d. (3)Julia Glushko (ISR) 46 62 61
I had heard about her melt-downs but I had never seen one before. Had a couple of close calls go against her in the second set and she proceeded to blow up at the umpire and her game went downhill rapidly. Painful to watch. Nicole Gibbs looks like a solid player and I could see her rising in the rankings over time.
Sure. She's not far off her friend Burdette who also put her career on hold for college, but it was clear that once she goes for a full-time tennis career she'll be top 100. Same for Gibbs, who played only 5 tournaments this year.