15-year-old Cauri Gauff reaches Wimbledon eighth-finals - Sport
The American wins against the Slovenian Hercog. Twice she fended off an opposing match ball during the match.
The game lasted two hours and 47 minutes and twice Gauff could barely avoid a defeat. At 3: 5 and 4: 5 in the second round, the 15-year-old American defended two match points from 13-year-old Slovenian Polana Hercog.
At the end it was 3: 6, 7: 6 (9: 7), 7: 5 for the teenager, who surprisingly moves into the round of 16 of Wimbledon. "At the moment, I'm just glad it's over, I always knew I could come back," Gauff said, "I'm just grateful that the audience believed in me, maybe Center Court will be my court."
In the first two rounds Gauff had already achieved victories over Venus Williams and the Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova at their Grand Slam premiere. She is thus the youngest round of 16 in Wimbledon since Jennifer Capriati in 1991. The 15-year-old meets in the round of the last 16 on Monday to the former world number one runner-up Simona Halep from Romania.