15-year-old Coco Gauff wins again at Wimbledon

15-year-old Coco Gauff wins again at Wimbledon

Coco Gauff's body language said a lot during the first seven games of the second set in her third-round match against Polona Hercog on Friday. But Gauff won the very next game, and eventually won the set and the match at 7-5. Gauff had shown to everybody here, through her straight-sets wins over Venus Williams and Magdalena Rybarikova, that she had natural gifts in abundance, but in this extraordinary fight with Hercog she confirmed that she also had the resilience.

Said ESPN television analyst Chris Evert: "Remember that point".

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"I kind of just watch YouTube videos before my match", she says. Despite being only 15 years old she has an athletic physique and long arms for a tennis player at 5 feet 10 inches. Gauff didn't let her.

Now, she has knocked out Slovenia's Polona Hercog, with a scoreline of 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 7-5. Under pressure, the teenager hoisted a high lob, but it was short, inside the service box. But then Hercog started to come back.

After being one set and 5-2 down, the young American saved two match points to win 7-5 in the final set on Centre Court.

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Rybarikova desperately wanted to force Gauff to serve out the match but she was having none of it, and as the tired Slovakian dumped a return into the net the teenager celebrated another hugely impressive victory. Gauff is, quite clearly, not most players.

Anderson had reached the third round without his serve being broken, but Pella turned the screws at the right moment, converting his fourth set point to claim the opener when the South African netted a forehand. "Don't focus too much on what happened.' My goal is to win it", she said. We'll see if she has any magic left in her at Wimbledon.

Five minutes can seem like an eternity.

She broke Hercog's serve when she had no other option and then finally battered down the obdurate defence of her opponent's backhand slice to take a thrilling tie-break 9/7. She played well above her experience level in the first three rounds, particularly in her battle Friday against Hercog, who flailed at times.

Both of those matches were on number one Court, the second biggest stadium at the All England Club. The 29-year-old Argentine will be playing in the fourth round at a major tournament for the first time when he faces 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic.

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