Coco Gauff hopes to keep Wimbledon winning streak alive

Cori Gauff on the practice courts on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Roger Federer believes age rules should be relaxed to encourage the progression of players like Cori Gauff Credit PA

Fifteen-year-old Cori "Coco" Gauff took center court at the All-England Club when she played against Polona Hercog of Slovenia, Friday afternoon.

But with Gauff and Hercog going into three sets in the final scheduled match on there, and Williams in early action in the singles on Saturday, tournament organisers announced they would not play.

Gauff, who is playing at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, won 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5 on Centre Court.

However, Gauff would not be denied from extending the match, coming all the way back to take set No. 2 7-6.

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Beyond simply striking the ball well, the 15-year-old is using her wide range of shot shapes to play smart matches, staying calm and steady under a new kind of pressure. The No 1 seed got a brief test in the third round before quickly righting himself and getting past Hubert Hurkacz 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4.

As you'd expect, the crowd erupted in cheers when Gauff sealed the deal.

In the third round, she'll play No. 60 Polona Hercog, who ousted Madison Keys in straight sets on Wednesday.

However, those stats dropped significantly in the second set as Hercog's first-serve win percentage fell to 68% (15 of 22) with her second serve at just 62% (28 of 45).

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She lost to Greece's 33rd-ranked Maria Sakkari, 6-0, 6-1 in 55 minutes - only three minutes fewer than Tomic who had played a set more.


Her opponent then paid for not capitalizing on a game point at 5-6, with Gauff leaping and dropping her racket after Hercog's lob went long 13 minutes shy of the three-hour mark. From there, Gauff worked her magic in the third and final set, pulling off the improbable win.

Coco Gauff has been an incredible story in tennis this past week as she became the youngest woman to qualify for Wimbledon. The 15-year old American tennis phenom survived and advanced at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships Friday.

"'Thank you for everything that you did".

"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her - I told her she was so inspiring and I've always wanted to tell her that but I've never had the guts to before".

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Juliet Lee, 54, of Germantown, Md., and Sarah Reinecke, 32, of Seattle, tied for third with 23. His longtime foe, Japan's Takeru Kobayashi , no longer takes part in the contest.


Next came a win against 2017 Wimbledon semi finalist Magdalena Rybarikova, who is 30. She demonstrated power, precision and the ability focus like a true pro. Halep is a former world No. 1, and she's as capable of winning Grand Slams as any player on tour right now, even if grass isn't her strongest surface.

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