Coco Gauff’s magical Wimbledon run continues with thrilling third-round victory

Later Friday, Coco Gauff will be the headline act on Centre Court at Wimbledon. By then, Gauff already twice had been a point from losing in the third round to Polona Hercog of Slovenia. 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.

Cori Gauff of the United States in action during her second round match against Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova. She will face No. 7-seeded Simona Halep on Monday.

After she qualified the official Wimbledon account told tennis fans to "remember the name", and it certainly seems like she's one to watch out for. She beat Polona Hercog 3-6, 7-6, 7-5 in the third round at Wimbledon, battling back from an nearly certain loss in her first-ever match on Center Court. Gauff is scheduled to play a doubles match on Saturday. But then Hercog recovered, taking the next two games with a break as it went to 3-4.

Marion Glasheen, 55, from Woodford in Ireland said: "She's the new Venus, the new Serena and she's so inspiring".

"I have seen Martina Hingis, I have seen Jennifer Capriati at 12-years-old but Cori at 10-years-old was, in my mind, the best 10-year-old tennis player to ever play this sport". "The way she handled that match against Venus at five-all in the second [set] was something".

As it is, Gauff was the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon in the professional era, winning three matches last week against higher-ranked women in the preliminary rounds. I don't know how the ball would feel when I actually play but I'm really familiar with how she plays just from watching her a lot.

Eighth seed Elina Svitolina also advanced with a battling 6-3 6-7 (1-7) 6-2 victory over Greece's Maria Sakkari, needing six match points to win the contest. I'm so happy they spent all their time on me and my brothers and making sure we're successful.

"I don't believe in fate or destiny because I think you can change your own world".

The teenager found her game, as Hercog wobbled. She was playing unbelievable.

Closing out any contest at a major is hard and especially so when bidding to get to pastures new. At one point, Gauff lost seven straight games.

Earlier Friday, defending champion Novak Djokovic dropped his first set of the tournament but had few problems after that, advancing to the fourth round with a 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4 win over Hubert Hurkacz.

"I could see in her eyes she was feeling the pressure, but she came out and served awesome at 4-4", said Corey.

  • Julie Sanders