Coco Gauff Again Stuns Wimbledon

"I'm just super relieved that it's over, it was a long match", said Gauff.

After winning three straight matches, Gauff got word she would play Venus Williams in the first round.

It was by no means a guarantee that she'd be there.

"When she was, when Mr. (Barack) Obama was in office (2009-17), she got a lot of slack for it, but I think she carried herself well the whole term".

That is when Gauff came to life, replicating the energy that saw her dump out Williams and then Magdalena Rybarikova. "I'm going to retweet it and everything". "Every week I was getting new hoodies sent to the house", she said. "I hope we can play again together in the future".

Keeping the dream alive yesterday she won a two-hour and 45-minute third round match against Slovenian Polona Hercog on the center court.

"It's just insane", Gauff, the youngest ever qualifier to land in Wimbledon's main draw, told reporters.

"Against Halep it will be tricky - the pressure is all on her as a big favourite, but the crowd will be going nuts for Gauff which will be hard for the Romanian to handle".

"I thought that Coco tactically changed her game, which is very encouraging to me", multiple grand slam victor Mats Wilander told CNN. The 15-year old American saved two match points in the second set en route to a Round of 16 showdown with seventh seed Simona Halep.

"I always knew I could come back no matter what the score is, I just went for my shots."

Also, Coco's third round traction was more than the Centre Court zeal of the 18-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal's second-round match against Nick Kyrgios and the Brit, Andy Murray's comeback match at Wimbledon.

"I think if someone had given me a tennis racket at the same time they gave me that basketball, I would have been the first Serena, that's what I like to believe", Fuqua joked.

At 13, the Georgia native became the youngest female player to win a Grand Slam qualifying match in the French Open in 2017.

Serena Williams also praised Gauff, despite the fact that the high school student knocked the mother of one's older sister out of the Wimbledon tournament.

Then, by upsetting five-time champion Venus Williams, who is 39, in the first round of the main event, Gauff became the youngest woman to win a match at the All England Club since 1991, when Jennifer Capriati reached the semifinals at 15.

With Gauff serving at 30-40, Hercog was a point from victory.

Gauff's win against Hercog serves notice that, in addition to athletic ability, the young tennis star possesses the mental game and maturity to battle back from adversity.

  • Julie Sanders