Wimbledon: 15-year-old Gauff also beats Hercog and is in the second round
Wimbledon: Cori Gauff also beats Polona Hercog and is in the second round
The 15-year-old Cori Gauff was almost eliminated, but fought back. The tennis-teenager's Wimbledon adventure continues. Defending champion Novak Djokovic meanwhile equaled in a statistic with Boris Becker.
The 15-year-old Cori Gauff thrilled after a terrific catch-up hunt further in Wimbledon. Thanks to an impressive performance of the tennis teenager was not in the third round stop and moved to the defense of two match balls in the second round. The youngest participant in the Grand Slam tournament on Friday won 3: 6, 7: 6 (9: 7), 7: 5 against Slovenian Polona Hercog. After 2:46 hours the top talent also beat the world ranking 60. continued her wondrous success story.
As the youngest player since Jennifer Capriati in 1991 Gauff reached the second week of the world's most prestigious tennis tournament. The US American Capriati had even made it to the semi-finals 28 years ago. On Monday Gauff challenges in the round of the best 16 now the Romanian top player Simona Halep.
And then she knocks on the chest
It had looked in the second set against Hercog already as if the Wimbledon adventure of young people to end. 2: 5 was the qualifier back, but remained true to their motto that everything is possible. At the first match point of her opponent Gauff answered with a slap on the line, at the second match point Hercog made a double mistake. Suddenly it was 5: 5. Gauff's parents trembled in the stands.
It came to the tiebreak. In it, the US-American used her third set ball because she took risks after a slice duel. Enthusiastically, the 15-year-old knocked on the chest, just as if she wanted to show: I'm still there with my heart in the square. Hercog, who had never gotten past the third round of a Grand Slam tournament, was treated after the set compensation. Although Gauff could still take a 4-1 lead in the crucial round, he was then allowed to cheer.
Djokovic had to go to the next seat for her
The 15-year-old had previously impressed with a victory over the Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova and in particular with her success over the US-American Venus Williams. Only with a wildcard she had gotten a place for the qualification. With her possibilities and her mentality, she seems to have a promising future ahead of the young American.
"I think I can beat anyone who is on the other side of the net," said the American researcher briskly after her second-round victory over the Slovak Magdalena Rybrikova. Tennis icon John McEnroe believes she will pass by defeated defending champion Angelique Kerber, Australian Open and US Open champion Naomi Osaka and World Ranking First Ashleigh Barty early. "If she is not number one in the world, when she's 20, I'll be absolutely shocked," said the American.
The turmoil around the tennis teenager had grown so big in the past few days that Gauff was scheduled for the last match on Center Court. Defending champion Novak Djokovic, however, only came in second place.
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