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Gauff continues historic Wimbledon run to reach third round - 'I believe I can beat anyone'

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 4 Jul 2019
  • Gauff makes Wimbledon third round with straight sets win over Rybarikova
  • 15-year-old hasn't lost a set in five matches through qualifying and the main draw
Cori Gauff (PA Images)

Cori Gauff has continued her historic run at Wimbledon, advancing into the third round with a straight sets victory over Magdalena Rybarikova on Wednesday.

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After already making history by becoming the youngest Wimbledon qualifier in the Open Era and conquering five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round, 15-year-old Gauff backed those achievements up with a remarkably composed performance in the second round against 2017 semi-finalist Rybarikova, beating the former No. 17 6-3 6-3 under the new roof of No. 1 Court to reach the third round on her Grand Slam debut.

Incredibly, Gauff has yet to drop a set in five matches - three in qualifying and two in the main draw, and she has a great chance to make the second week as she comes up against the unseeded Polona Hercog in the third round after the Slovenian knocked out Madison Keys earlier on Wednesday.

Already, Gauff is the youngest player to win a main draw match at Wimbledon since Jennifer Capriati’s dazzling run to the semi-finals in 1991 as a 15-year-old.

Cori Gauff (PA Images)
With the way Gauff is playing, we can’t discount the American emulating her countrywoman over the next week at The Championships.

“The last three days have definitely just kind of been surprising,” Gauff told reporters after her win over Rybarikova. “It just shows if you really work hard, you can get where you want to go. Last week around this time, didn't know I was coming here. It just shows you have to be ready for everything.
“I believe everything happens for a reason. People were telling me to keep working hard and your time will come.”

Gauff, who was also taking science school exams while qualifying for the main draw last week, credited an improved mental game for her breakout Wimbledon.

“I think it wasn't so much that my tennis improved, it was more my mindset,” Gauff continued. “Because my mindset improved, my tennis definitely changed. I don't think it was so much how many balls I hit in practice. It was more off court thinking how can I improve myself and improve the way I act on the court. 
“It's definitely been a challenge. I think I've kind of reached basically almost the best mentality I can get to. You always can improve. 
“Right now I feel like the way I'm acting and the way I kind of feel inside... You can kind of fake it till you make it - but I'm not faking it, at least right now.”

Gauff is already garnering the attention of the biggest stars at Wimbledon, with Rafael Nadal watching her practice earlier on Wednesday, while she also had a nice exchange with Roger Federer before her match.



And one last quote before turning her attention to Hercog in the third round…

"I believe I can beat anyone across the court,” she told the BBC.


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Gauff continues historic Wimbledon run to reach third round - "I believe I can beat anyone"

Cori Gauff has continued her historic run at Wimbledon, advancing into the third round with a straight sets victory over Magdalena Rybarikova on Wednesday.

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