Nicole Gibbs' thrill ride at the BNP Paribas Open ended Tuesday when No. 8
Gibbs, a Stanford graduate who trains in Los Angeles and is ranked 95th in the world, gained two breaks to Kvitova's one in the first set and took a 3-2 lead in the third after a break and a hold. But Kvitova won three straight games to halt Gibbs' winning streak here at five, including qualifying.
"I'm definitely disappointed with the outcome despite it being a close match. I really do think I could have won today and I had some opportunities that I wasn't able to capitalize on," said Gibbs, who had upset No. 23 Madison Keys in the second round. "However, that being said, to not play my best and go toe-to-toe with a player that I've struggled a lot with in the past and is also top 10, has two Wimbledon titles, that's encouraging for me moving forward."
Working the past few months with a new coach, Roger Smith, has made her more of an all-court player and more positive. "I think I'm on the right path," she said.
Kvitova advanced to the quarterfinals against
Top seeds move on
"I really like her game. I like how she's aggressive. She's a fighter. She killed me at one point, so I definitely have to be ready," Williams said of being routed by Halep in round-robin play in the 2014 WTA Finals. "It'll be a really good match, I think, for both of us to kind of see where we want to be at, at this point in the year."
Men's No. 1 Novak Djokovic chided himself for some errors in his 7-5, 7-5 night victory over No. 27
After a near-perfect set against fellow Spaniard
To the crowd's delight, Nadal regrouped to close out a 6-0, 7-6 (9) victory and reach the round of 16 against phenom Alexander Zverev of Germany. Zverev, ranked 58th in the world, enhanced his resume with a 6-2, 6-2 upset of 16th-seeded