ASP Women’s World Tour champ Stephanie Gilmore rebounds in Round 3 of Movistar Peru Classic
Top-ranked ASP Women's World Tour surfer Stephanie Gilmore regained her form for Round 3 of the Movistar Peru Classic, posting a 16.50 out of a possible 20 to beat wildcard Julia de la Rosa of Peru on 2- to 3-foot waves in San Bartolo, Peru, and advance to the quarterfinals.
The score was the highest total of the event, the fifth of nine on the 2010 schedule, and showed a sensational rebound for the 22-year-old Australian, who struggled a bit in early rounds.
"I just tried to shake Round 1 off and focus on today," the reigning three-time tour champion said. "Julia went over and tried to surf the right, but I felt that the left was the better option and that allowed me to catch a lot of waves and lock in some good scores. I definitely felt better about my surfing today than I did yesterday."
With two previous World Tour event victories in Peru, Gilmore is the heavy favorite heading into the quarterfinals.
"I’ve been very nervous the last two heats and I don’t know why," Gilmore said. "I think drawing the wildcards early in the event can be really nerve-wracking because you never know what they’ll produce. That said, it only gets harder from here on out, but I’m feeling much more confident today."
Gilmore is also a strong contender for the 2010 World Tour crown. Her three victories in four events this season gives her a 700-point lead over No. 2-ranked compatriot Sally Fitzgibbons, who will be facing Hawaii's Coco Ho in the quarterfinals.
Round 3 results:
Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 16.00 def. Nikita Robb (ZAF) 8.43
Heat 2: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 13.60 def. Melanie Bartels (HAW) 11.67
Heat 3: Paige Hareb (NZL) 13.33 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 9.84
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.50 def. Julia de la Rosa (PER) 8.60
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.00 def. Anali Gomez (PER) 9.37
Heat 6: Coco Ho (HAW) 14.00 def. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 11.77
Heat 7: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 15.17 def. Amee Donohoe (AUS) 9.50
Heat 8: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 15.17 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 13.60
Quarterfinal 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) vs. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
Quarterfinal 2: Paige Hareb (NZL) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Quarterfinal 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Coco Ho (HAW)
Quarterfinal 4: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) vs. Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: Stephanie Gilmore dominated Round 3 of the ASP Women's World Tour Movistar Peru Classic. Credit: © Morris / ASP
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