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.
Steps in the right direction this week. Time to build on it in Asia and finish the year strong! Thank you @usopen for an amazing week! 😘— Nicole Gibbs (@Gibbsyyyy) August 30, 2014
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.