Coco Gauff stages comeback at Wimbledon, defeats Polona Hercog to advance to Round of 16

The 15-year-old phenom defeated Polona Hercog on Wimbledon's Centre Court.

July 05, 2019, 5:21 PM

Coco Gauff has gotten her ticket to Wimbledon’s second week after a comeback win Friday on the game’s most storied and famed court.

The 15-year-old phenom won her third round match, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5, against Polona Hercog of Slovenia on Wimbledon's Centre Court.

Gauff staged a remarkable comeback, saving two match points in the second set, leading to a tiebreak.

PHOTO: United States' Cori "Coco" Gauff celebrates after beating Slovenia's Polona Hercog in a Women's singles match during day five of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 5, 2019.
United States' Cori "Coco" Gauff celebrates after beating Slovenia's Polona Hercog in a Women's singles match during day five of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 5, 2019.
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In her post-match interview with the BBC, Gauff said that she is not thinking about the tournament’s second week yet because of her mixed doubles’ match on Saturday.

Gauff also joked about her comfort level on the Wimbledon courts.

PHOTO: United States' Cori "Coco" Gauff reacts after winning a point against Slovenia's Polona Hercog in a Women's singles match during day five of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 5, 2019.
United States' Cori "Coco" Gauff reacts after winning a point against Slovenia's Polona Hercog in a Women's singles match during day five of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 5, 2019.
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“People say Court 1 is my court," she said. "But I guess Centre can be my court as well.”

PHOTO: Cori "Coco" Gauff of the United States in action during her third round match on Day 5 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 5, 2019.
Cori "Coco" Gauff of the United States in action during her third round match on Day 5 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 5, 2019.
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Gauff has taken the sports world by storm after defeating Venus Williams earlier this week.

“I remember before I played Venus," Gauff recalled at her post-match press conference, "one little kid asked for a picture and then after the next day, after I played Venus, everyone was screaming my name so it’s just pretty surreal how life changes in a matter of seconds.”

Gauff said she does not find her wins to be a flash in the pan.

“I mean, I have won 3 matches now, so I think I have proved my own," she said. "This moment is an incredible moment.”

She will be the youngest player to advance to Wimbledon’s Round of 16 since 1991.

So far, Gauff has won over $200,000 for advancing to the fourth round. When asked what she would do with the money, the teen poked fun at her age.

“I mean, I can’t buy a car because I can’t drive," adding that she might be buying some hoodies from Jaden Smith's fashion line.

The Florida teen will face off against Simona Halep, the 2018 French Open winner, on Monday. The two have never played before.

"I watch her a lot, obviously," Gauff said of her opponent. "I have never hit with her or anything, or practice with her, so I don’t know how the ball will feel when I actually play.”

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