Published: Sat, July 06, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

15-year-old phenom pulls off another huge upset at Wimbledon

15-year-old phenom pulls off another huge upset at Wimbledon

The 15-year-old has been the story of the Championships so far, having come through qualifiers to beat Venus Williams in the first round, but it looked like it was coming to an end with Hercog on the brink of a straight-sets victory.

U.S. player Cori Gauff celebrates beating Slovenia's Polona Hercog during their women's singles third round match on the fifth day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.

Gauff saved the match point trailing 5-2 in the second set and won 7-6 (7).

A big ace from Hercog set up a second match point at 5-3, but the Slovenian buckled and double-faulted.

That is when Gauff came to life, replicating the energy that saw her dump out Williams and then Magdalena Rybarikova.

Zhang, the world number 60, is the first Chinese woman since Peng Shuai in 2015 to reach the second week at the All England Club thanks to her 6-4, 6-2 win over the 14th seeded Dane.

Gauff, the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon in the modern era, displayed the nerves of a mature player in the match. During the victory, Zhang received serve exceptionally well. "Come on!" Afterward, she said, "I always knew that I could come back, no matter what the score is".

She had won 10 straight sets - including three qualifying tournament wins last week - before dropping the opener Friday on Centre Court. With a three-set win over Polona Hercog on Friday, the 15-year-old phenom from Delray Beach, Florida, is on her way to the Round of 16, CBS Sports writes.

The grand slam winning duo's appearance as partners in the mixed doubles competition was highly anticipated, but their match was postponed by officials.

The a year ago Australia Open victor has never been past the fourth round at Wimbledon, losing at that stage on six occasions. Gauff earned an early break in the set's fourth game, but Hercog broke back in the seventh game.

"Then after the next day, after I played Venus, everybody was screaming my name".

Cori "Coco" Gauff is only 15 years old.

"She was playing well today".

The comeback, which saw Gauff break serve at 5-2 and a set down to spark an incredible turnaround, produced wild celebrations in her player's box, with mum Candi catching the eye with some particularly enthusiastic moves.

"I think the kind of believing part of my dad and the more stay focused, stay calm of my mom is like a good mix".

"I mean, definitely it is hard in some big moments, but it was not something that I would say made a difference for me".

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