15-Year-Old Phenom Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff Mounts Incredible Comeback At Wimbledon

15-Year-Old Phenom Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff Mounts Incredible Comeback At Wimbledon

The 15-year-old reached the fourth round after coming from a set and 5-2 down on Friday night, saving two match points before coming through 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 7-5 in front of a captivated Centre Court crowd. 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.

Cori Gauff has stolen the headlines at Wimbledon after the 15-year-old made the third round of the The Championship.

Once Gauff got this match into the third set, all the momentum shifted toward her side. The 28-year-old tennis player is ranked 60th in the world and No. 2 in her country.

With Hercog serving facing a break point at 1-2, Gauff returned a simple backhand - it should have been bread and butter, but Hercog's loose forehand landed in the tramlines to gift her opponent the breakthrough. In a match between two former top-ranked players, Simona Halep beat Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-1 on Centre Court. Coco has now toppled over 2017 semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia by 6-3, 6-3.

But Gauff climbed off the canvas and showed she has a strong fighting spirit to add to her precocious talent, earning a 3-6 7-6 (7) 7-5 victory over the Slovenian.

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Gauff, also known as Coco, has played a fearless brand of tennis at Wimbledon, showing a strength of character that belies her age.

Following her shock defeat over Williams, Gauff said: "Honestly I don't really know how to feel".

How she's able to get to that mentality in her first-ever Grand Slam main draw is anyone's guess, but, while another breakout star, Bianca Andreescu, is dedicated to a pre-match practice of "creative visualization", Gauff's strategy is quite different. If Gauff wants to keep the same state of mind that's gotten her this far, she'll probably be watching YouTube videos beforehand. Each time either player looked poised to pull away, the other took control - which was particularly impressive for Gauff in her first appearance at the intimidating All England Club. "If I don't think I can win the match, then I won't even step on the court".

I am excited to play but I think we have a mixed doubles match tomorrow (Saturday), so I'll focus on that now'.

The victor of this match will set up a tough tie against either 2018 French Open champion and seventh seed Simona Halep, or two time Australian Open champion and Wimbledon semi-finalist Victoria Azarenka.

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