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Memorable US Open Run
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/29/2014

STANFORD, Calif.- Nicole Gibbs’ memorable US Open tournament run concluded early Saturday morning, giving the former Cardinal standout even more momentum in what has been a brief yet promising professional career.

Gibbs dropped a 6-4, 6-0 decision to No. 11 seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy on Saturday in the first match of the afternoon session inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. It was a rematch of last year's opening-round contest at the US Open in which Gibbs lost to Pennetta 6-0, 6-2.

The 21-year-old Gibbs reached the third round after collecting the first two main draw Grand Slam victories of her career earlier in the week.

On Tuesday, Gibbs defeated France’s Caroline Garcia 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 before upsetting No. 23 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 two days later.

Gibbs, who pocketed a payout of $105,090, entered the tournament ranked No. 135 in the world and has won four ITF events since turning pro in June 2013. Gibbs booked a wildcard spot in the US Open main draw field after totaling the most points in this summer’s US Open Wild Card Challenge.

"I think it's a ton of things," said Gibbs after defeating Pavlyuchenkova. "It's, you know, being a little more seasoned on tour. I have obviously had a year of experience under my belt. Trying not to think as much as about wins and losses and more about my big picture development. Playing a completely different game style, I would say, than I was a year ago. I'm much more aggressive inside the court much more often."

An All-American in singles during each of her three seasons on The Farm (2010-13), Gibbs claimed back-to-back NCAA singles titles in 2012-13. The first player to capture NCAA team and singles titles in the same year since Duke's Mallory Cecil in 2009, Gibbs wrapped up her career with a 111-15 overall record (65-6 in dual play). After winning the 2013 NCAA title, Gibbs decided to forego her senior season and turn pro.


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