Fitzgibbons eliminated by Marks in US Open quarter-finals

Gerroa's Sally Fitzgibbons. Photo: WSL/ROWLAND
Gerroa's Sally Fitzgibbons. Photo: WSL/ROWLAND

THE run of Gerroa’s Sally Fitzgibbons at the 2018 Vans US Open of Surfing - Women's Championship Tour event at Huntington Beach is over.

Fitzgibbons had powered her way into the quarter-finals on the back of a number strong performances in the early rounds, at the California break. 

And it appeared she would continue that momentum in the quarter-finals against United States’ Caroline Marks, as she recorded a 7.67 on her first wave.

She backed this up with a solid 6.93, leaving her with a combined two-wave score of 14.60.

But after a slow start, Marks stormed home in the back end of the heat, with her final two waves (7.87 and 6.73) seeing her end on the same score as Fitzgibbons.

Neither surfer could improve on their score and the United States product progressed to the semi-finals due to her having the highest scoring wave of the heat.

Marks would go on to lose to US’ Courtney Conlogue in the semi-final, who would then fall to Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore in the final.

This result leaves Fitzgibboons in eighth on the world rankings, one spot behind fellow South Coast product Tyler Wright (Culburra Beach).

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