Teen Coco Gauff was knocked out of Wimbledon in the third round after losing 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday to American Amanda Anisimova on center court.
The 18-year-old Gauff finished second at the French Open and finished 11th at the All England Club.
Anisimova, seeded 20th, has reached the fourth round in three consecutive Grand Slams.
“It was my first time playing on Center Court,” Anisimova said. “This is the most special day of my career.”
Anisimova started the match by losing the first three games before the 20-year-old’s powerful base game eventually began to take over. Anisimova took this debut set to a tiebreak, which she then took a 4-1 lead, but Gauff scored the next half dozen points. She then lost the tiebreak despite taking a 4-1 lead.
“I think the worst thing for a tennis player is to lose 7-6 in the first set,” Anisimova said. — I had the same experience at the French Open. I think, from experience, it’s very important to just come to your senses and give everything that I have.”
She didn’t let it confuse her. Instead, she continued to control the exchanges from the ground and also handled Gauff’s serve well, reaching 123 mph on Saturday.
Entering 2022 with a three-set record of 11-23, Anisimova is 13-6 this season, leading the tour in long-distance match wins.
“I guess I just didn’t play very well,” Gauff said. “I think it really had nothing to do with my head. There are such days. I just need to practice to make sure I don’t have those days.”
Closing the win, Anisimova fell back onto the court, covering her face with both hands, then stood up to blow kisses to the crowd and wipe away tears.
“It was not an easy match,” Anisimova said. “The conditions were very difficult. They were constantly changing, and you had to adapt every second and just be focused on what was happening.
Anisimova will play with Harmony Tan for reaching the quarterfinals.
Tang beat British wildcard Cathy Boulter 6-1, 6-1 on court no. 2 to advance to the fourth round. She never faced a break point in a match and converted five out of 10 earned.
The unseeded French player beat Serena Williams on center court in the first round and then eliminated No. 32 Sarah Sorribes Tormo in the second round.
“I think I like grass,” said Tan, who won three straight games in a tournament for the first time in her career.
Tang will make his debut in the All England Club. She played at the French Open four times, reaching the second round once. She also played this year at the Australian Open, also reaching the second round. At the US Open, she lost in the first round in 2018 in her only appearance at Flushing Meadows.
Ayla Tomljanovic also moved forward, beating 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Other women’s fourth round matches on Monday include 17th Jelena Rybakina against Petra Martić and 2019 champion Simona Halep against 4th Pola Badosa, who beat two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova 7-5, 7-6 (4). ).
Kvitova has not gone beyond the third round at a Grand Slam tournament since reaching the fourth round at the 2020 Australian Open.
Martic, who sits 80th but has made it to the fourth round twice at Wimbledon, ended this year’s run of American Jessica Pegula’s Grand Slam quarter-finals with a 6-2, 7-6 (5) victory on court no. 3. .
Pegula, 28, seeded No. 8, reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and French Open this year. She advanced to the third round of Wimbledon for the first time.
Meanwhile, Tamara Korpacz, the German tennis player who criticized Tan for pulling out of the doubles match at Wimbledon, has tested positive for COVID-19 and will pull out of her next tournament in France, she announced on Instagram.
This is at least the fourth known case of COVID-19 among players who have competed or planned to compete at Wimbledon.
Corpach, who lost to Heather Watson in her first-round singles match at Wimbledon, posted photos of herself at the All England Club with Rafael Nadal and John Isner on social media on Friday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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