The key stretch that brought Gauff back from the brink at Wimbledon

The key stretch that brought Gauff back from the brink at Wimbledon

Polona Hercog ousted the 17th seed Madison Keys 6-2, 6-4 in the second round match played on Wednesday, July 3.

Next came a win against 2017 Wimbledon semi finalist Magdalena Rybarikova, who is 30.

Hercog looked to have Gauff on the ropes in the second set, though the American battled back from a pair of match points to force a third.

Once Gauff got this match into the third set, all the momentum shifted toward her side.

That Gauff, ranked 313th and facing another unseeded player, was scheduled to appear at Wimbledon's main stadium says plenty about what a sensation the Floridian already is.

The teenager kept pushing and Hercog went wide from a second break point, but an extremely sloppy service game ceded that advantage when two games from victory.


It is a match that is destined for another big show court and on this evidence, she has every chance of claiming her biggest scalp yet against the former world number one.

A hold to love clinched the first set, and she broke again for 2-1 in the second with Rybarikova unable to find an answer to the relentless, machine-like groundstrokes.

"I understand the rule completely that they want the young players not to play too much", Federer said after his second round win over Jay Clarke.

It proved only a minor inconvenience, though, as the four-time victor surged through 7-5 6-7 (5) 6-1 6-4.

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

And while her victory over Williams felt like a passing of the torch, Gauff's 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5 win over Hercog represented her most impressive effort yet, even if she didn't play her best tennis.


"They just told me, 'You have another match".

Today, Gauff took on Polona Hercog and was on the brink of elimination twice.

Pat Cash, another former Wimbledon champion, commented: "I think she is going to be a star and she has handled herself very well".

Hercog is looking to reach her first ever fourth round at a Slam.

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.

He kept the 6ft 8in (2.03 metres) Anderson, the tallest man to play a Wimbledon final, guessing with a dizzying array of shots, including his backhand slice, and made 13 unforced errors compared to 29 from his opponent.


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