Wimbledon 2019: 15-year-old Cori Gauff's winning run continues
15-year-old teenage sensation Cori Gauff continued her supreme run in the ongoing Wimbledon 2019. The wild card entrant launched a stunning fight to claim a superb victory against world number 60 Polona Hercog. She defeated Hercog 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-5. Gauff has moved into the fourth round and her dream tournament continues to take shape. Here's more.
After ousting Venus Williams and Magdalena Rybáriková in the first two rounds, Gauff was severely tested against Hercog. She was a set down and faced two match points as well, but Gauff made an inspirational comeback. Gauff won her stiffest battle 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-5 to be the center of attraction of Wimbledon 2019. This was champion stuff from the teenager.
"Tina Knowles, Beyonce's mum, posted me on Instagram and I was screaming! I hope Beyonce saw that, I hope she told Beyonce about me because I would love to go to her concert," said an ecstatic Gauff after her resounding win.
Gauff has been the talk of the town ever since she defeated Williams. Everyone seems to be in awe of her. To come and perform in her first Slam at the age of 15, shows her will and determination. Previously, Martina Hingis (aged 16) won the 1997 Wimbledon title. And then Maria Sharapova (aged 17) won the 2004 edition after beating Serena Williams.
"I don't think I've seen anyone arrive in a greater flash at their first major. I have a feeling Coco Gauff will transcend the game. She wants it, she lives it already. She was born to do this," said legend Martina Navratilova to BBC Sport.
Simona Halep stands in the way of Gauff in the round of 16. The Romanian star overcame former world number one Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-1 in straight sets. Azarenka was nowhere near to Halep's charge and made 33 unforced errors. This was the easiest win for Halep in the tourney. But can she stop Gauff's resurgence and belief in a packed court?