American teen sensation, Coco Gauff will have to wait for a Wimbledon quarterfinal spot for atleast another year as she was knocked out of the fourth round by former champion, Angelique Kerber. The German beat the 20th seed American in straight sets 6-4,6-4 on centre court.
Gauff lost in the Round of 16 at Wimbledon for the second consecutive time. As a 15 year old in 2019, she lost in the fourth round of The Championships to Simona Halep and this time it is Kerber, who ends the teenager’s run. And clearly so, Kerber was the better player and outplayed Gauff in every department.
The German came with a plan and was serving well and creating very deep angles, pushing Gauff outside the court to create an opportunity for a winner. The match although started on a slow note, with both the players not holding serve. As many as the first 5 games of the match saw 5 breaks of serve but steadily the players found their groove and the level of tennis improved. Kerber got the decisive break and went on to win the set 6-4.
The level of tennis increased in the second set but Kerber was making life difficult for Gauff with her forehands angling deep into Gauff’s backhand. She eventually got the decisive break early on and consolidated it to win the set 6-4.
‘I think she has a great future in front of her’: Kerber on Gauff
In the on court interview, Kerber praised Coco and said that she may win Wimbledon someday. “Coco is such a talented young player and a newcomer. She has such a great future infront of her. I’m really sure she will have a great career and will play here so many times again. And maybe one time get the title because I really like how she is playing and is such a professional. I think she has a great future in front of her.”
Kerber also spoke about how much she is looking forward to play her quarterfinal tomorrow. “I really enjoy my time here. It’s so great to play infront of you guys. This gives me the energy to play my best tennis and I’m really looking forward to play my next match tomorrow. This is such a magic place for me and I will try to do my best tomorrow.”
Kerber is the last remaining woman in the draw who has won Wimbledon but she isn’t thinking about lifting the Venus Rosewater Dish this week again for now. “I will try to play match by match. I’m not looking too much ahead. Just trying to stay in the moment and enjoy every single bit. It’s just great to be back here.”