Cori “Coco” Gauff is the youngest competitor to qualify for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and she just won her women’s singles third round match today. It’s safe to say, she’s not your everyday 15-year-old.
dThe athlete from Florida, who signed a multiyear contract with New Balance in 2018, defeated Polona Hercog of Slovenia on Centre Court today. She won 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5.
This comes after Gauff beat one of her tennis idols, five-time singles champion Venus Williams, during Day One (July 1) of the tournament. This made her the youngest woman to win a Wimbledon match since 15-year-old Jennifer Capriati in 1991.
“Right now I’m just super relieved it’s over. People say Court 1 is my court but maybe Centre could be now,” Gauff said of the match.
“I always knew I could come back, I just went for my shots. I’m just happy that slice down the line went in. even when I was down match point, the crowd were still cheering me on. I’m not going to think about [the next round]. I think I have a mixed doubles match tomorrow so I’m going to focus on that.”
Less than seven months before she made her mark at Roland-Garros, Gauff entered into a multiyear endorsement contract with sportswear manufacturer New Balance. (It also sponsors tennis stars Milos Raonic, Danielle Collins and Heather Watson.)
Gauff will face off against Simona Halep, a former world No. 1 and a French Open champion, on Monday.
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