Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Cori Gauff beats Polona Hercog to continue remarkable Wimbledon run

Cori Gauff beats Polona Hercog to continue remarkable Wimbledon run

Teenage sensation Cori "Coco" Gauff continued her Cinderella flee at Wimbledon on Friday as she rallied for a exhausting-fought, 3-6, 7-6, 7-5, victory over Slovenian former Polona Hercog.

She is the youngest player to advance this far in the tournament since 1991, when Jennifer Capriati made the semifinals as a 15-year-old.

Gauff, 15, beat five-times champion Venus Williams (NYSE:) and 2017 semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova in her first two rounds and will play in the third round at Wimbledon later on Friday.

Hercog's first match point came and went on Gauff's serve at 3-5, with a second arriving a game later when she was serving for the match. Like I always say, she's just someone in the locker room that you just always root for. "I remember before I played Venus, when you walk to leave the practice courts, there are people waiting".

"So it was just cool to see that she knows I exist".

"The crowd was awesome, even when I was down a match point they kept cheering me on". "That was tough. I think it's the worst decision I have had to make especially mid-tournament". She played incredible, was just super nice.

Speaking about her next opponent Simona Halep, she added, "She's a different player from all the players I have played".

Gauff maintained her momentum as she played near flawless tennis to break Hercog, who received treatment on her back at the end of the second set, in the fourth game of the decider before showing signs of tension as she was broken comfortably three games later. Halep won last year's French Open title and has reached four Grand Slam finals. She needed three set points to get it done, but after being down 5-2 with one point between her and the locker room, she won the set.

"Jaden (rapper Jaden Smith) and Michelle Obama tweeting about me", she said.

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

Also in the women's draw, third-seeded Karolina Pliskova defeated Su-Wei Hsieh 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, and 14th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki lost to Zhang Shuai 6-4, 6-2.

If she carries on at this rate, Gauff could easily turn into a global superstar, but she insists she is not a Destiny's Child and is willing to work hard for whatever success she can get.

She have to own sensed it became going to be her day when a lucky rep twine in the tie-destroy edged her ahead - and he or she held her nerve in a who-will-blink-first rally on living level, then unleashed the forehand victor that drew her stage. And past year she won the French Open equivalent only two months after her 14th birthday.

She has however gotten a little starstruck after Beyonce's mom posted her on Instagram and other celebrities sent her direct messages on social media.

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