‘Absurd’ schoolgirl star stuns Wimbledon

Teenage tennis freak Cori "Coco" Gauff continues to take the world by storm, winning through to the third round of Wimbledon after defeating a player twice her age.

The 15-year-old American became the youngest player to ever qualify for Wimbledon in the Open era and she didn't just come here for the strawberries and cream.

Gauff stunned the tennis world by rocking Venus Williams in straight sets on day one at the All England Club and she was unstoppable again against Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova.

The 30-year-old was a Wimbledon semi-finalist as recently as 2017 but any hopes she had of repeating that effort were dashed on Court No. 1 by the hottest sensation in tennis.

Gauff rolled past Rybarikova 6-3 6-3 but whereas there were tears after beating Williams when she was overwhelmed by toppling a childhood hero, win No. 2 on the famous grass of SW19 was more business-like.

Although thrilled with her win, Gauff wasn't getting carried away. She said after her round-one triumph she wanted to go on and win the whole grand slam and showing a steely face that reeked of determination, going even deeper is not as far-fetched as it once seemed.

"I think I played well, especially on the pressure points," Gauff said afterwards. "She was serving amazing so it was hard to return sometimes.

"There's so much going on. I'm still shocked I'm still here."

I’m in love with the Coco. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
I’m in love with the Coco. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

As Gauff soaked up the crowd's rapturous applause in London, a BBC commentator said: "It was jaw-droppingly good. At only 15, my word."

Tennis legend John McEnroe was as impressed by her presence as he was by the young gun's ground strokes.

"I can't believe she's 15, the way she behaves and the way she acts is so mature," he said.

Gauff has set up a third-round meeting with 2018 Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, who advanced today courtesy of a 7-6 6-3 win over Veronika Kudermetova.

The American teenager, already the youngest player since 1991 to win a main draw match at Wimbledon, looks capable of going further.

She had tennis scribes scrambling for superlatives.

 

 

 

News Corp Australia


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