Gauff off to Round of 16 at Wimbledon

Noora Popal
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Sunday, July 7, 2019

Cori Gauff makes history once again as she moves on to the fourth round of Wimbledon beating Polona Hercog (3-6, 7-6(7), 7-5).

The teenager showed fierceness and perseverance as she made a remarkable comeback against the much more experienced Polona Hercog. This comeback is one she will remember for the rest of her career. 

Hercog no doubt was favored to win this match with a few WTA titles under her belt and many years of experience. She used this to her advantage and took the first set (6-3) which seemed to have shaken up the young Gauff. 

The Slovenian appeared to have control for most of the second set and had the match point to end it all. Down 2-5, Gauff showed her undeniable talent and refusal to quit as she managed to save two match points. 

Gauff seemed to have gotten her groove back in the third set (4-1), however, Hercog wasn’t going to go down without a fight. She tied the match 5-5, but it just wasn't enough to stop Gauff who won two more games to take the 3rd set (7-5). 

The young American was praised not only for being the youngest Wimbledon Qualifier in Open era history, but she also turned heads when she beat Venus Williams in the 1st Round. The way she plays with composure and grace almost makes you forget that this superstar is only 15 years old. 

Gauff now awaits her round of 16 match against the number 7 seed Simona Halep which will be taking place on Monday, July 8th. She hopes to continue her journey at Wimbledon while paving the path for many other young players.