Wimbledon 2019: Coco Gauff saves two match factors in exceptional comeback win; Novak Djokovic via to final 16

London: Fifteen-year-old sensation Coco Gauff’s magical Wimbledon journey continued on Friday when the American teen saved two match factors to succeed in the final 16.

Gauff, ranked 313 and who got here via qualifying, battled again from 2-5 down within the second set and held her nerve when Slovenian opponent Polona Hercog clawed her solution to 4-Four from 1-Four within the decider.

Her reward is a fourth spherical conflict on ‘Manic Monday’ in opposition to former world primary and ex-French Open champion Simona Halep.

“I’m just super relieved that it’s over, it was a long match,” stated Gauff.

“She was taking part in unbelievable. It was my first match on Centre Court, folks say Court One is my courtroom, possibly Centre might be too now.

Teenage sensation Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff reacts after successful a three-set thriller in opposition to Polona Hercog on Centre Court. AFP

She added of her second set restoration: “I knew I could come back so I just kept going for my shots.”

Gauff’s dramatic victory on an enthralled Centre Court overshadowed Novak Djokovic’s passage to the final 16 for the 12th time.

The four-time champion is one in all simply 4 high 10 seeds left within the match together with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori.

Defending champion and world primary Djokovic defeated Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 7-5, 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-4.

He will subsequent face Ugo Humbert of France, the world quantity 66.

“He was fighting. He was playing well, serving well and hitting clean and accurate shots,” stated Djokovic who’s now stage with Boris Becker in third place on the all-time record with 12 last-16 locations.

Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors cleared the path with 16 apiece.

However, Kevin Anderson, the 2018 runner-up and fourth seed, slumped to a shock third spherical 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) defeat to Argentina’s Guido Pella, the 26th seed.

“He made life really difficult for me,” stated Anderson, taking part in simply his second match since March after recovering from an elbow damage.

Pliskova, Halep via

Pella goes on to face 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic for a spot within the quarter-finals.

In the ladies’s occasion, Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova reached the fourth spherical for the second successive 12 months with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-Four win over Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan.

Pliskova, who fired 14 aces and 42 winners, will subsequent face compatriot Karolina Muchova, the world quantity 68, who put out Estonian 20th seed Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (9/7), 6-3.

Muchova is making her Wimbledon debut as is 19-year-old Dayana Yastremska and the 35th-ranked Ukrainian marked the event by additionally making the final 16.

She put out Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic 7-5, 6-Three and subsequent meets unseeded Chinese participant Zhang Shuai.

World quantity 60 Zhang made the fourth spherical for the primary time, getting back from 0-Four down within the opening set to beat former world primary Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2 who didn’t see eye-to-eye with the Hawk-Eye line name evaluation system.

Before this 12 months, the 30-year-old Zhang had by no means received a primary draw match at Wimbledon in 5 makes an attempt.

It was a file which mirrored her earlier struggles — she was 0-14 on the Slams till she broke via to the 2016 Australian Open quarter-finals.

On Friday, she fired 26 winners in opposition to simply eight for Wozniacki, the 2018 Australian Open champion.

Wozniacki distress

Wozniacki’s affection for the match wouldn’t have been helped by her unhappiness at what she claimed to be plenty of poor calls by Hawk-Eye.

“You trust that it tells you the right thing. Sometimes you do see the balls a little differently than Hawk-Eye,” stated the 28-year-old.

Zhang, the primary Chinese girl within the final 16 in 5 years, stated: “These three matches, I’ve moved well. If I want to win, I must be focused, clear my mind and play my game.”

Raonic, the 15th seed, reached the fourth spherical for the fifth time by seeing off the game’s tallest man Reilly Opelka of the United States 7-6 (7/1), 6-2, 6-1.

France’s Benoit Paire booked a final 16 place for the second time with a 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) win over Czech qualifier Jiri Vesely.

He will meet Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut who surprised Russian 10th seed Karen Khachanov 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1.

Romanian seventh seed Halep got here from 1-Three down within the first set to defeat fellow former world primary Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-1.

Azarenka was undone by 33 unforced errors.

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