U.S. tennis star and seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams says she's a "big fan" of 15-year old qualifier Cori "Coco" Gauff, claiming the youngster is "on a different level" and "knows what to do" on the court. She took out the No. 1 player in the world who just won a grass-court tournament.
Halep, who had given an indication of her form when dismissing the unsafe Victoria Azarenka in the last round, initially struggled, including in the third game where she sent down three successive double faults.
But her electric sporting ability is not the only captivating thing about this talented young woman - she has also shown tremendous character, spirit and faith throughout these wild, adrenaline-fueled days spent thumping tennis balls around the hallowed grass courts of the All England Club. It was a straight-sets 6-3, 6-3 result that featured Gauff calling for a doctor to check her out for an undisclosed reason, though he provided her with a tablet.
"Yeah, I'm sure I'll remember this one", said Clarke. "I want to win every match I play - I try to be a better person on and out of court".
In her previous match the American had saved two match points against Polona Hercog before mounting an improbably comeback. She has played a lot of matches, and got a lot of attention. But as always, the real money for Gauff won't come from her prize winnings or the sport's performance bonuses (as lucrative as they may be), but from product endorsements.
However, Gauff, who was playing her seventh match in a fortnight having come through qualifying, takes her leave having also improved her ranking markedly from 313 and announced herself as a future Grand Slam contender.
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From 4-3 in the first, Halep won four consecutive games and surged to 2-0 in the second.
Riske beat this year's French Open champion 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 and will play in the quarterfinals of a major tournament for the first time. She finished the match with 12 of them. The victor of that match battles Elina Svitolina or Karlona Muchova for a spot in the semifinals. Williams, eyeing a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title, swept Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-2 on Monday.
He said her explosion onto the scene, which finally ended in a fourth-round straight-sets defeat, demonstrated around "25 per cent" of her potential.
The American was beginning to look exhausted, understandable given this was her seventh match in a fortnight, and she quickly went down a break in the second set.
There was one consolation for Barty as Pliskova could have taken her number one spot but the Czech third seed went out as well in a marathon duel, beaten by Muchova 4-6, 7-5, 13-11.