Wimbledon 2019: Cori Gauff dominates Magdalena Rybarikova to advance

first_imgThe journey continues…15-year-old @CocoGauff beats former #Wimbledon semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets to book her place in the third round pic.twitter.com/60juztgXej— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2019The pair had a long wait before finally taking the court at 8 p.m. local time, with their match moved under the roof on Court No. 1, but Gauff came out looking sharp in the first set. She broke Rybarikova at love to go up 4-2, then consolidated it in a service game that saw her run down seemingly everything the 30-year-old threw at her. Two games later, a Gauff service winner secured the first set. Gauff built on that momentum with an early break in the second, taking a 2-1 lead when a Rybarikova forehand on double break point went long. She continued to hammer away, never facing break point on her own serve, before Rybarikova put a backhand into the net on match point to end it — the veteran’s 23rd unforced error of the match to just 10 by Gauff.  The loss represented another disappointing stint at the All England Club for Rybarikova, who first played in the main draw at Wimbledon in 2008, when Gauff was 4 years old. Aside from her run to the semifinals in 2017, she had lost in the first round nine times and the third round once before exiting in the second round Wednesday. Gauff moves on to face Polona Hercog, who upset 17th-seeded Madison Keys in straight sets Wednesday, in the third round. Cori Gauff wasn’t about to let a dream win over Venus Williams be the end of her Wimbledon story. The 15-year-old American followed up that star-making upset by blowing past another player twice her age, defeating Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-3 Wednesday to advance to the third round.  Wimbledon 2019: Andy Murray relishes Serena Williams doubles pairingcenter_img Wimbledon 2019: American Reilly Opelka upsets Stan Wawrinka Gauff looked the more confident player from the first serve, leaving her Slovakian opponent to watch helplessly as she ran down drop shots and ripped winner after winner down the lines, both forehand and backhand. The teenager didn’t appear overawed by the big stage at any point, never expressing anything beyond the occasional straight-faced fist pump before she closed out Rybarikova with her third service break of a match that lasted just one hour, nine minutes.   Related Newslast_img


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