Angelique Kerber and Coco Gauff: few top seeds left in Wimbledon draw



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Angelique Kerber and Coco Gauff: few top seeds left in Wimbledon draw

With a gutted field on the women’s side at Wimbledon, Angelique Kerber is the only former champion left in the draw. Naomi Osaka elected to skip the grass major, while world No. 2 Simona Halep retired in her first round against Kerber.

Add to that surprise losses by Elina Svitolina, Sofia Kenin, Bianca Andreescu, and especially the injury retirement by the seven-time Wimbledon champ Serena Williams, and what you have left is a wide open field as we head into the second week at the All-England Club.

Two captivating women, Kerber and American sensation Coco Gauff headline the Round of 16 on Monday, holding the line for the Top 30 of the WTA. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Moving 🔛 to the second week <a href="https://twitter.com/Wimbledon?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@wimbledon</a> 🍓🌱😘 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamAngie?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TeamAngie</a> <a href="https://t.co/z3xtAfD611">pic.twitter.com/z3xtAfD611</a></p>&mdash; Angelique Kerber (@AngeliqueKerber) <a href="https://twitter.com/AngeliqueKerber/status/1411344758346235904?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Born 16 years apart, there’s a lot on the line for both players.

At 33 years old, Angelique Kerber showed major grit with her second-round victory over Sara Sorribes, which went past the three-hour mark on Thursday, the longest women’s match at the grass major since 2011. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kerber wins an epic match.

what a sublime match. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a> <a href="https://t.co/reBjSJMQdS">pic.twitter.com/reBjSJMQdS</a></p>&mdash; Tennis GIFs 🎾🎥 (@tennis_gifs) <a href="https://twitter.com/tennis_gifs/status/1410641688024997899?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>The surprise winner at the 2018 Wimbledon final over Serena Williams, Kerber’s looking for a second—and fourth slam—Wimby title, plus a notch in her impressive comeback in 2021.

After a three-year title draught—and uneven year in 2021—the three-time slam champion hit her stride, beginning with her grass title at the Bad Homburg the week prior to London. The win signaled an upswing in an otherwise lackluster and disappointing year.

She has come alive at just the right time, going deep at a tournament where she’s favored. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">&quot;She&#39;s really dangerous, especially on grass court...I see the fire in her as well, that&#39;s she&#39;s really putting all the effort she has in every single match.&quot;<br><br>Whatever happens in Gauff vs.

Kerber, it&#39;s going to be a good one. <a href="https://twitter.com/AngeliqueKerber?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AngeliqueKerber</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a> <a href="https://t.co/rsmniWiPth">pic.twitter.com/rsmniWiPth</a></p>&mdash; TENNIS (@Tennis) <a href="https://twitter.com/Tennis/status/1411791929021509637?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

“It's always a good feeling when the grass court season starts,” said Kerber via Wimbledon.com, after her third-round win over Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich, in a match the 25th seed quickly turned around after a rough start, 2-6, 6-0, 6-1.

“I played very well the last few weeks on grass. It's great being back here in Wimbledon, especially reaching now the second week. This is always a goal when you start a Grand Slam”.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kerber&#39;s back winning titles!<br><br>Angie claims a 1st trophy since Wimbledon 2018 in Bad Homburg beating Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-2 <a href="https://t.co/Y6hAP5a7Ni">pic.twitter.com/Y6hAP5a7Ni</a></p>&mdash; We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) <a href="https://twitter.com/WeAreTennis/status/1408770503494537216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 26, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> But first Kerber will need to face a player for the first time, red-hot Coco Gauff, aged 17, coming off an excellent clay court run and massively successful year, looking to breakthrough even further at a slam.

“I think it will be really an interesting match,” said Kerber according to Yahoo! Sports. “I mean, I never played against her before, she’s a newcomer. “She played already so many good matches.

She beat top players. She’s really dangerous, especially on a grass court”.

A crowd favorite since her breakthrough win over Venus Williams in 2019, Coco Gauff has had a terrific clay court season prior to Wimbledon, winning her second title at the WTA Parma, Italy event and getting to the quarters at Roland Garros.

The same week Kerber won in Germany, Gauff got to the fourth round at Eastbourne, where she impressively defeated higher ranked Elise Mertens in her first match at the tournament. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pretty honkin’ impressive win by Coco Gauff today in Eastbourne.

<a href="https://t.co/B4lAqbS84T">pic.twitter.com/B4lAqbS84T</a></p>&mdash; Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenRothenberg/status/1407434354360557571?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 22, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

“I see the fire in her, as well,” said Kerber, describing Coco Gauff.

“She’s really putting all the effort she has in every single match. So, I know that it will be a tough match. “But of course, one point may be the experience is good, but on the other side I think it’s more like it’s a new match, I know that I have to play one of my best tennis matches against her”.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Round of 16 at 15 —-&gt; Round of 16 at 17 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a> <a href="https://t.co/7FX6UhiwTC">pic.twitter.com/7FX6UhiwTC</a></p>&mdash; Coco🦋💫 (@GauffNation_) <a href="https://twitter.com/GauffNation_/status/1411357503271718912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
“I think, to be honest, I’m just going to go out there and play free,” said Gauff after her straight sets win over Kaja Juvan, 6-3, 6-4, via Yahoo!

“I don’t feel any pressure on myself. I haven’t felt any pressure on myself at all. My dad told me that I matched my result from 2019 so now should just be being able to play even freer”.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">20th seed Coco Gauff caps off another business-llike first week at a major with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Kaja Juvan.

<br><br>In her return to her breakout major, the 17yo has not lost a set. <br><br>She’ll face the only remaining former champion: 25th seed Angelique Kerber.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wimbledon?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wimbledon</a> <a href="https://t.co/0TU6TKakSV">pic.twitter.com/0TU6TKakSV</a></p>&mdash; WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) <a href="https://twitter.com/WTA_insider/status/1411323346252271616?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

“I mean, she’s a really nice person off the court,” continued Gauff, about her Monday opponent.

“I remember when she won Wimbledon. I don’t know, I guess it was a win that a lot of people weren’t expecting at the time. “I mean, she did it. She obviously knows what it takes to win at this level. She also had a great win last week in Germany.

“I know it’s going to be a tough match. She’s going to make a lot of balls in the court, make a lot of good shots. She’s a great player. I’m just going to go out there and try my best, hopefully come out on top”.

If Kerber had a disastrous French Open, going out in the first round, she is certainly making up for it in London, looking all but unstoppable as she faces an equally confident Gauff in their first encounter. “This is the goal, to go out there and try to focus more on me.

I mean, she’s, I don’t know how many years younger than me, but still, I think it will be a good match”.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Quarterfinals on the line when Coco Gauff and Angelique Kerber meet on Monday 👀 <a href="https://t.co/uzEwc27Q5R">pic.twitter.com/uzEwc27Q5R</a></p>&mdash; US Open Tennis (@usopen) <a href="https://twitter.com/usopen/status/1411329764040773632?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 3, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Get ready for a tense nail biter between these two fascinating women as enter the second half of Wimbledon.