Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Coco Gauff loses mixed-doubles opener at Wimbledon

Coco Gauff loses mixed-doubles opener at Wimbledon

The hangover of that continued into the second set as Hercog sealed a third successive break, with Gauff's forehand regularly faltering. The young American then trailed 5-2 in the second before rallying for the win. She followed that up with another two-set victory over Magdalena Rybarikova. From there, Gauff worked her magic in the third and final set, pulling off the improbable win.

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- Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old American rising star of the tennis circuit, went the distance Friday to secure a spot in Round 4 at Wimbledon.

Meanwhile, Andy Murray and Serena Williams will have to wait to make their Wimbledon mixed doubles debut after their opening match was postponed on Friday night.

Up in the stands, her mother rose to pump a fist and yell, "Yes!" Thousands of spectators jumped out of their seats, roaring.

A third set was the last thing the 28-year-old needed as she had a medical timeout and it looked like the youth of Gauff would carry her through as she raced into a 4-1 lead.

Perhaps not since Bjorn Borg transcended tennis in the late 1970s, sending shudders down the spine of the Wimbledon crowd, has a player had such an impact on this oldest and most venerable of venues. That much has been established.

Gauff explained the influence both have had on her career. The tennis world is watching, waiting to find out.

In a press conference after the match, Gauff said she knew she could win, even when she was down 2-5 in the second set.

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She'll now face seventh seed Simona Halep on Monday for a place in the quarter-finals. "So it was just cool to see that she knows I exist", said Gauff, whose Instagram account showed her clowning round and swooning at news of all her famous backers.

Gauff, the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon in the modern era, displayed the nerves of a mature player in the match.

And what a match it is: The 313th-ranked teen, who never had played in a Grand Slam's main draw before, taking on No. 7 seed Simona Halep, a former No. 1 who won the French Open a year ago.

Cori "Coco" Gauff became an global tennis sensation just days ago, after she defeated five-time champion Venus Williams, and Wimbledon's wild about its youngest qualifier.

With Gauff serving at 30-40, Hercog was a point from victory. But the teen conjured up a backhand slice victor that dropped right on the chalk - a shot she only recently added to her repertoire.

Again, Gauff is just 15.

After her aggressive style paid off there, it was Hercog who really went into a shell, playing so cautiously and making mistake after mistake.

They would play for another 1½ hours.

"She's one of my role models", added Gauff.

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