Francesca Schiavone

Breakers win home opener

Breakers win home opener

Orange County Breakers coach Rick Leach said he didn’t know how Nicole Gibbs got to the shot.

Gibbs herself said it felt a bit lucky.

But the Breakers would take it on set point, for sure.

Gibbs did more than just get to Francesca Schiavone’s drop shot at 4-4 in the women’s singles tiebreaker Monday night. Once she got to the net, she whipped a cross-court winner to win the set.

Gibbs, last year’s World Team Tennis Female MVP for the Breakers, made her only appearance of the 2017 season count. It was a highlight of a successful night for Orange County, which defeated Springfield, 23-15, in its home opener at Palisades Tennis Club.

Gibbs was able to fill in...

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