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Embree tops Gibbs in qualifying tourney

5/2/2009 - Tennis

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Teenager Lauren Embree has earned her first berth in a Grand Slam tournament by winning a French Open qualifying event held by the U.S. Tennis Association.

The 18-year-old Embree, from Marco Island, Fla., beat Nicole Gibbs 6-4, 7-6 (2) Saturday to earn a wild card for Roland Garros.

John Isner won the men's final Thursday and will also play in the French Open, which begins May 24.