After being one set and 5-2 down, the young American saved two match points to win 7-5 in the final set on Centre Court. With a three-set win over Polona Hercog on Friday, the 15-year-old phenom from Delray Beach, Florida, is on her way to the Round of 16, CBS Sports writes. At just 15 years old, Gauff was forced to play her childhood idol, Venus Williams in the first round and she actually won in a tantalizing fashion.
She beat Venus Williams in straight sets in the opening round and eased by Magdalena Rybarikova in the second.
Hercog appeared in complete control and on the verge of a routine victory, leading 5-2 in the second set, but she squandered a match point at 5-2 and 5-3 as Gauff belied her age to show great resolve and force a tiebreak.
The hangover of that continued into the second set as Hercog sealed a third successive break, with Gauff's forehand regularly faltering.
Gauff maintained her momentum as she played near flawless tennis to break Hercog in the fourth game of the decider before showing signs of tension as she was broken comfortably three games later.
The teenager kept pushing and Hercog went wide from a second break point, but an extremely sloppy service game ceded that advantage when two games from victory.
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The pair were spotted laughing and cheering from the sidelines, as they watched the gripping match play out before them. We've said it before and we'll say it again: Kate Middleton has a dress in her closet for almost any occasion.
It proved only a minor inconvenience, though, as the four-time victor surged through 7-5 6-7 (5) 6-1 6-4.
She has become the youngest female player in the history of tennis who had made it to the third round successfully in Wimbledon Championship since American star Jennifer Capriati who reached the semifinals of the tennis tournament in 1991.
Nerves perhaps got the better of her to begin with as for the best part of two sets she barely laid a glove on the world number 60. If Gauff wants to keep the same state of mind that's gotten her this far, she'll probably be watching YouTube videos beforehand.
"I always knew I could come back no matter what the score is, I just went for my shots", Gauff, nicknamed Coco, said after leaving the court to warm applause. It was my first match on Centre.
"They just told me, 'You have another match".
Gauff will face Halep in the fourth round on Monday, with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line.