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Nicole Gibbs is beaten at Indian Wells, but only after an encouraging run

Nicole Gibbs is beaten at Indian Wells, but only after an encouraging run

Nicole Gibbs' thrill ride at the BNP Paribas Open ended Tuesday when No. 8 Petra Kvitova beat her, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, in the fourth round. But looking at the bigger picture, Gibbs' ascent might be just starting.

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...

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