Wimbledon 2019: Coco Gauff backs up Venus Williams win by faultless display against Magdalena Rybarikova – The Sun
CORI GAUFF is addicted to 'Fortnite' like most other teenagers.
Only this startling young American is obsessed with the real-life game of Wimbledon fortnight with a deadly racquet in her hand instead of a plastic joystick.
In the first match played under the new Court No1 roof ‘Coco’ claimed another stunning victory and notable scalp just two days after destroying her idol and five-time champion Venus Williams.
Magdalena Rybarikova – semi-finalist in 2017 – was despatched in a second successive straight sets victory but with even more composure than she showed on Monday.
The fearless Atlanta homeschooled 15-year-old swept into the third round of the Ladies' Singles 6-3 6-3 against the seasoned Slovakian as her remarkable introduction to Grand Slam tennis gathered more momentum and magic under the lights.
Gauff said: “There’s so much going on – I’m just still shocked that I’m even here. I’ve definitely been able to relax.
“I played well, especially in the pressure points. She served amazing so it was just hard to return sometimes. Sometimes I was up 40-15 and she hit three good serves in a row.”
I think I can beat anyone who is across the court and if I didn’t think I could win the match then I wouldn’t even step on the court.
It underlines Gauff’s achievements already to think that at 15 she is a similar age to the kids standing courtside who were handing her a sweat towel in between points or tossing her a ball before serves.
But that is where the parallels with anybody else on the grounds of the All England Club stop.
She is carving out a spellbinding special story and is certainly making the big guns of women’s tennis take her seriously having been handed a wildcard into qualifying.
A rocket-like serve belongs to someone almost twice her age. She already has major sponsors begging her to sign on the dotted line.
She rounded off her rout of Rybarikova by breaking her opponent’s serve – having already broken her resolve a long time previously with her ferocious returns and impressive athleticism from someone who still has a lot of growing to do.
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Gauff faces Slovenian Polona Hercog in the third round and if she comes through that faces either Simona Halep or Victoria Azarenka – who share three Grand Slam titles between them.
That’s still less combined than the seven won by Venus Williams, who is somewhere licking her wounds and like everyone else is talking about the newest sensation on the circuit.
Gauff added: “I think I can beat anyone who is across the court and if I didn’t think I could win the match then I wouldn’t even step on the court."
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