Teen tennis sensation Cori Gauff followed up her stunning Wimbledon win over Venus Williams with another straight sets victory, this time against Magdalena Rybarikova.
Although the Slovak is ranked 95 places lower than Williams, she is a grass-court specialist and made the semi-finals of the Championship two years ago and was expected to provide another tough test.
But Gauff, who also goes by the nickname ‘Coco’, once again showed her precocious talent and calmness under pressure in a ruthless performance, winning 6-3 6-3. The 15-year-old – the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon in the Open Era – was originally scheduled to play on No.2 court, but was put on No.1 under the newly added roof.
Once again, she showed no nerves, holding serve comfortably and running Rybarikova around the court with a mix of precision and power.
In the sixth game, she sensed her opportunity against her lacklustre opponent, who is 15 years her senior, and broke to love, playing with a level of intensity that was almost impossible to match.
In the 30-year-old’s second service game of the second set, she was broken again, and now it felt like Gauff could run away with the match. There were a few moments when the teenager looked like she might be worried or was taken to deuce, but then a massive serve or ruthless forehand would get her back on track.
After spurning several opportunities to grab a double break, she got another right at the end to seal the match, sticking with Rybarikova in a long rally before forcing her into an error – much to the delight of her parents watching from the box above. Next up, she will take on world No.60 Polona Hercog, who beat another American, Madison Keys, earlier on Wednesday, with that third-round match taking place on Friday.Photo Credit: Getty