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Excited Gauff mature beyond her years but still a teenager inside

Excited Gauff mature beyond her years but still a teenager inside

But, the former Wimbledon champion admitted that Halep, who won her first Grand Slam a year ago, will be a mountain too tall for the youngster.

The Slovenian, coming off of an upset of Madison Keys in the previous round, raced out to a 6-3, 5-2 lead only to see Gauff come roaring back to take a close second set tiebreaker before falling behind 4-1 in the final set. And all this after being a wildcard - in qualifying. People say Court One is my court but maybe Centre is my court as well. "I would obviously pick the Romanian to win but I'm not going to bet a whole lot on that one".

"Then after the next day, after I played Venus, everybody was screaming my name".

It took Gauff a while to leave the court, as she stopped to sign autographs and take photos with everyone courtside who requested one. "But I don't think because she's seeded it will change me at all".

With play on Centre Court and No 1 Court continuing into the evening on Friday (Saturday NZT), the All England Club announced that the first-round match in mixed doubles for the Williams-Murray pairing would be postponed to another day.

"She's awesome", grinned Stephanie, a worker at Wimbledon who had recently clocked off shift and was enjoying the end-of-day atmosphere of the tournament.

Some disappointed fans learnt of the match cancellation by checking their phones as they sat outside No. 1 Court.

On Monday, Gauff will face the tournament's No. 7 seed, Simona Halep. "And I just kinda went for my shots, and I'm happy that slice down the line went in".

It could have been a different story if Hercog, who was by far the better player for the opening two sets, had not sent down a double fault on match point.

Not bad for her first foray at a Grand Slam event.

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As gutsy as Gauff was in rallying from a set and 5-2 deficit, Hercog will lament not putting her younger opponent away.

With Gauff serving at 30-40, Hercog was a point from victory.

Closing out any contest at a major is hard and especially so when bidding to get to pastures new.

That is when Gauff came to life, replicating the energy that saw her dump out Williams and then Magdalena Rybarikova.

"I don't think I've seen anyone arrive in a greater flash at their first major".

But her dip in focus did not last long as she held serve to love in consecutive games before completing a staggering victory with a third break of Hercog's serve, resulting in rapturous applause from an enthralled crowd.

Instead of trying to attack those slices, she countered with her own.

"I think it was pathetic, to be honest", she said.

Speaking of that family, mom Candi's celebrations in her daughter's heart stopping win against Hercog on Friday quickly spread on social media.