Coco Gauff wins to reach Wimbledon fourth round

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The Atlanta-born 17-year-old has now equaled her memorable 2019 run at the tournament.

ATLANTA — Coco Gauff, the Atlanta-born teenager who captured the imagination of the country back in 2019 with her run to the fourth round at Wimbledon, is back at it again.

Gauff, now a 17-year-old, equaled her 2019 run on Saturday by advancing to the fourth round with a straight-sets win, 6-3, 6-3, over Kaja Juvan.

Her match was featured on Centre Court, the tournament’s most prestigious setting.

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“You guys always bring the energy, no matter if you’re rooting for me or not,” she told fans to cheers in her post-match interview. “It’s a good feeling to be on this court, and I’m super honored that the tournament allows me to play on this court. It’s not often that a 17-year-old gets to play here, so thank you.”

Gauff, who was seeded 20th for the tournament, is now one of the last 16 players remaining. She will face a formidable task to try to reach the quarterfinals – German Angelique Kerber, a former world No. 1 and the 2018 Wimbledon champion.

Ranked 23rd in the world now, Gauff has already reached the quarterfinals at the French Open this year, and reached the semifinals at the Masters-level Italian Open.

She acknowledged she’s allowed herself to dream a bit about reaching the Wimbledon final, but said, “I like to take it one match at a time, focus on match in front of me” and that she’s trying to “enjoy the moment as it goes.”