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Tennis ace Coco living the dream

STUNNING: Young Cori Gauff is all pumped up

CORI ‘COCO’ Gauff etched her name into the history books once again by reaching week two of her first ever Grand Slam with a composed and emphatic victory over Polona Hercog in the third round of Wimbledon.

Gauff, 15, is the youngest woman to reach the round of 16 at a Grand Slam tournament since 15-year-old Jennifer Capriati at Wimbledon in 1991 and was a last-minute wild card entrant at the qualifying tournament, which she breezed through.

The American shocked the world when she beat former champion Venus Williams in straight sets in the first round of the tournament and looked a player way beyond her years when she dismantled Magdalena Rybarikova in round two.

Polona, ranked 60 in the world coming into the match, posed a tough threat but Gauff never looked out of the game even after she lost the first set and was pushed into saving match points in second. She won the match 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 7-5.

Following the match she said: “Right now I am just relived it’s over, it was a long match and she was paying unbelievable.

“That’s my first match on centre court. People say court one is my court but maybe centre can be my court as well.”

On going a set down she said: “I always knew that I could come back no matter what the score is and I just kind of went for my shots.”

She added: “The crowd was amazing even when I was down match point they were still cheering my on and I am just super thankful that they believe in me.”

On facing Simona Halep in the fourth round Gauff said: “Right now I am not going to think about it, I am excited to play but I think I have a mixed doubles match tomorrow so I’m focused on that now.”

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