Going, Going, Gone Gilmore

ASP

With three wins in four events Stephanie Gilmore's not about to relinquish her top spot to the youngsters just yet.

Someday Sally Fitzgibbons is going to win a world title, but given Stephanie Gilmore's roll, it might not be for a couple more years. In a clear indication of things to come, as of late Fitzgibbons' has been continuously nipping at Gilmore's heals, finishing third at Bells, runner-up in New Zealand, and yesterday found herself relegated to second fiddle as Gilmore continued her march towards a forth consecutive world title with a win at the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic in Sydney, Australia.

"It's incredible how good this feels," said Gilmore shortly after bagging her third win of 2010. "Competing in Australia is one of my favourite things to do. I feel comfortable in these waters and have won this event a few times. I guess I'm on a roll and I'm feeling good."

But proving that it's going to get harder and harder for Gilmore to just cruise to victory, Fitzgibbons led throughout the majority of the final before a last-minute wave afforded Gilmore the chance to go ahead for good.

Gilmore and Fitzgibbons currently sit first and second in the ratings, respectively. "It's a little frustrating to get back-to-back seconds," said Fitzgibbons in the ASP press release. "But I'm so happy to be in the situation to reach the final and eventually go down to Steph. I'm happy with the result, but am looking forward to the next event. Being world no.2 is a great place to be at this stage of the year. I haven't been this high on the rankings before, but I'm definitely closer to where I want to be."

The next event on the ASP Women's World Tour is the Movistar Peru Classic presented by Rip Curl, which starts June 5 at Lobitos, Peru.

COMMONWEALTH BANK BEACHLEY CLASSIC FINAL RESULTS:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.20 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.40

COMMONWEALTH BANK BEACHLEY CLASSIC SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.33 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 9.14
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 11.97 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 10.16

COMMONWEALTH BANK BEACHLEY CLASSIC QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 9.97 def. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 8.13
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.77 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 8.17
Heat 3: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 11.50 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 10.50
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.84 def. Melanie Bartels (HAW) 11.23

COMMONWEALTH BANK BEACHLEY CLASSIC ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 10.50 def. Amee Donohoe (AUS) 9.40
Heat 2: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 11.25 def. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 9.40
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 9.50 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 7.30
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.10 vs. Laura Enever (AUS) 7.25
Heat 5: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 12.65 def. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 10.00
Heat 6: Coco Ho (HAW) 12.15 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 11.70
Heat 7: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 14.10 def. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 12.00
Heat 8: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.75 def. Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 7.85

ASP WOMEN'S WORLD TOUR RATINGS POINTS:
1. Stephanie Gilmore(AUS) 3960
2. Sally Fitzgibbons(AUS) 3252
3. Sofia Mulanovich(PER) 2832
4. Melanie Bartels(HAW) 2628
4. Chelsea Hedges(AUS) 2628
6. Carissa Moore(HAW) 2472
7. Silvana Lima(BRA) 2412
8. Coco Ho(HAW) 2220
9. Rebecca Woods(AUS) 1824
10. Paige Hareb(NZL) 1632
10. Jessi Miley-Dyer(AUS) 1632
12. Rosanne Hodge(ZAF) 1440
12. Lee Ann Curren(FRA) 1440
14. Amee Donohoe(AUS) 1260
15. Bruna Schmitz(BRA) 1080
15. Claire Bevilacqua(AUS) 1080
17. Nikita Robb(ZAF) 900

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