WTA Wimbledon: Cori Gauff writes history again. Wozniacki and Yastremska..


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WTA Wimbledon: Cori Gauff writes history again. Wozniacki and Yastremska..

The 15-year-old Cori Gauff has become the youngest qualifier in the history of Wimbledon although her goals are much higher, seeking the title in her first ever appearance at the All England Club. It is so far so good for the incredible group who will break into the top-200 after Wimbledon, defeating the five-time champion Venus Williams in the first and a former semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-3 to find herself in the third round.

Cori is the youngest player to do so since Jennifer Capriati 28 years ago, delivering another excellent performance to leave much more experienced rival far behind. Hitting 18 winners and ten unforced errors, the youngster controlled the pace in the rallies, dropping only 12 points behind the already booming initial shot and never facing a break point.

The Slovak couldn't match that pace, suffering one break in each set to propel Cori into the last 32 where she will meet Polona Hercog. Settling into a desired rhythm straight away, Cori was able to dictate the exchanges, breaking at love in the sixth game to take the opener 6-3.

Nothing changed in the second set and the young American seized breaks in games three and nine to move over the top and write history books once again. Polona Hercog is through to the third round for the second time in three years, defeating the 17th seed Madison Keys 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 12 minutes.

The Slovenian served at only 56% and drew the most from that, getting broken only once while securing four breaks from 11 chances, dominating in the first set and earning the triumph with an early break in the second set that she carried home.

The Australian Open semi-finalist Danielle Collins toppled the 12th seed Anastasija Sevastova 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, overcoming a 6-4, 3-0 shortage and delivering 12 of the last 16 games to book the place in the third round for the first time here at Wimbledon.

Caroline Wozniacki has never played in the quarter-final here and that could change this year, ousting Veronika Kudermetova 7-6, 6-3 after challenging an hour and 47 minutes. The Danish player never faced a break point and tamed her shots nicely against the rival who had the dominant figure on the court, hitting more winners but also more errors, staying neck and neck with Caroline in the first set before losing ground in the second when she got broken twice to end the campaign in the second round.

In the clash of the hard-hitting youngsters, Dayana Yastremska ousted Sofia Kenin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, firing 46 winners and as many unforced errors to have the upper hand on the court. Dayana won just four points more than Sofia, taking 12 of the last 15 points in the decider to cross the finish line first and secure the place in the final 32 on Wimbledon debut.