Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

15-year-old Coco Gauff's first Grand Slam run continues

15-year-old Coco Gauff's first Grand Slam run continues

"Every match they're calling her name". "That was tough. I had to let her know because I saw the pairs that had signed in, and I was thinking 'Am I even going to get in?'" "I watch her a lot obviously".

American 15-year-old Coco Gauff's impressive run through her first Grand Slam Tournament continues following a come-from-behind win in Friday's third round at Wimbledon.

Gauff was down a set and two separate match points in her third-round match against Polona Hercog of Slovenia on Friday, but she came back to win 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-5.

Spare a thought, though, for Hercog. There was a cast of 17, meanwhile, next door in Gauff's box.

Gauff's age means that the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) restricts the number of events she can play.

Gauff is the youngest player to qualify for the main Wimbledon draw since the Open era started in 1968.

Her grandparents, Eddie and Yvonne Odom, have also been a driving force in her life.

"I remember before I played Venus. when you walk to leave the practice courts, there are people waiting", she smiled. "I'm young. I have a lot of energy, and I'm used to playing two matches a day [in the junior tennis circuit]". Hopefully she finds time to rest up before she takes on the world No. 7, Simona Halep, in the fourth round.

Wimbledon qualifying was a target for Gauff this year, but her ranking of 301 was not high enough to earn a shot. Wimbledon is the lone major where there is no play on the middle Sunday.

Gauff, who beat former semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova in the second round, was roared on by the crowd but found it hard at first to cope with 28-year-old Hercog's heavy groundstrokes and big serve. Hercog would never again get that close to winning.

Gauff saved one match point while trailing 5-2 in the second set.

Men, women, girls and boys scanned the horizon at the All England Club yesterday evening, looking for a scoreboard to make sense of the roar rising from Centre Court.

Cori Gauff continues remarkable Wimbledon campaign with victory over Polona Hercog
Hercog had a match point at 5-2 and was just seconds from victory when she double faulted and the momentum started to change . Grace Warrington, 27, from Clapham, London, said: "If I were a kid watching her on TV I would probably want to play tennis".

She finally stopped a rot of seven successive games for her opponent with a hold to love, but was unable to make any headway in her return games as Hercog protected her lead easily. The tension was there for all to see as Hercog double faulted.

"I love that Coco thinks she can win the tournament", he told Wtatennis. "If I made that serve or something, it would just be 6-3 6-3".

Instead of trying to attack those slices, she countered with her own.

"Once my parents told me to babysit my brothers". I told them I wanted to go. "Maybe I'm going to buy some more MSFTSrep, which is Jaden [Smith]'s line, buy some hoodies from that". "If I kind of relax now, then that won't happen".

"That I can't relate to at all".

To relieve the tension in the tiebreak, a bird landed on Gauff's side at 2-2 before being chased away by a ball kid. Djokovic won the match 7-5, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4.

Her next singles match is set for Monday.

Hercog called for the trainer for a buttocks injury and Gauff left for a bathroom break.

Gauff and Clark were defeated 6-1, 6-4 by Robert Lindstedt and Jelena Ostapenko.

"Fate can't always be a good thing, so I try not to think of it being my destiny".

"I just closed my eyes", said Corey. "I want to be better than Serena, and I want to have that Grand Slam record one day".

It did but his popular daughter still remains at Wimbledon.

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