Published: Sat, July 06, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Cori Gauff continues remarkable Wimbledon campaign with victory over Polona Hercog

Cori Gauff continues remarkable Wimbledon campaign with victory over Polona Hercog

The 15-year-old phenom won her third round match, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5, against Polona Hercog of Slovenia on Wimbledon's Centre Court. Then, serving at 40-all, it happened - an unbelievable point won by Gauff that led her to take the game, the second set and, eventually, the match. Hercog had a match point at 5-2 and was just seconds from victory when she double faulted and the momentum started to change.

Next in her path was 30-year-old Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova, the 2017 Wimbledon semifinalist who Gauff beat in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, to advance to Friday's third round.

Gauff is the youngest player ever to qualify for Wimbledon.

Zhang set up her second match point with a backhand victor and converted it with a volley victor at the net to reach the fourth round for the first time.

Hercog is the 60th ranked player in the world by the Women's Tennis Association.

"At 15 years old she's a role model for all kids".

They played a tight tiebreaker once it reached 6-6, and Gauff battled and battled.

The No 3 seed made it 38 victories for the year to seal a spot in the fourth round at Wimbledon for a second consecutive year, having failed to get past the second round in her previous six attempts.

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"I've been aggressive all the match, even if I was 3-1 down first set", Halep said.

"I'm not going to think about the next round but I think I have a mixed doubles match tomorrow so I'm going to focus on that". Gauff wrapped herself in a towel, put on a jacket and sat patiently in her chair.

Rybarikova desperately wanted to force Gauff to serve out the match but she was having none of it, and as the tired Slovakian dumped a return into the net the teenager celebrated another hugely impressive victory.

'People say Court One is my court but maybe Centre could be my court as well. But Gauff won the very next game, and eventually won the set and the match at 7-5.

Following her shock defeat over Williams, Gauff said: "Honestly I don't really know how to feel".

Gauff faced two match points in the second set. "Looks like a big-game player, loves the spotlight, loves the moment", the Aussie said. "To get to the second week in your first major is absolutely incredible". Gauff broke first but Hercog was showing resilience in not caving to the sheer volume of support in favour of her opponent.

Grace Warrington, 27, from Clapham, London, said: "If I were a kid watching her on TV I would probably want to play tennis".

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