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Teenager hoping to extend her run

 

By Jonathan Veal

Cori Gauff's Wimbledon fairytale heads into the second week but her biggest test yet is waiting for her in the fourth round.

The 15-year-old American has been the story of the championships so far, having come through qualifying to beat Venus Williams, Magdalena Rybarikova and Polona Hercog in a magical few days that have seen her become a global star.

She has been left star-struck as the likes of Michelle Obama, Jaden Smith, Samuel L Jackson and Reese Witherspoon have all reached out to her on social media, and she admits that her life has changed.

It has been a week that she will remember forever, but her tennis will come under serious examination as she faces former world number one Simona Halep in the last 16 today.

Halep is a grand slam winner, but that is not going to change Gauff's outlook going into the match.

"I think I'm just going to approach her like every other match I have been approaching," she said.

"My routine has been working pretty well so that's how I'm going to go into the match.

"I don't know if it will feel any different. We'll see when I go on the court.

"I was actually playing juniors this time last year and I lost in the quarters. So this is definitely a big step from that."

World number one Ashleigh Barty's enjoyed a trouble-free first week in her attempt to make it back-to-back grand slams and she will be expected to dispatch Alison Riske.

Riske is a grass court specialist and the Australian knows what is coming her way.

"I think that's no secret," she said. "You ask any opponent that plays Alison, she's up for the fight, makes you work for every single point.

"I know she loves playing on the grass court. She's going to make me play a million balls. I have to be at my best."

Serena Williams has made it through without too much drama and another Court One date - her third of the tournament - with Carla Suarez Navarro is next up.

Karolina Pliskova is hoping to make it to a first Wimbledon quarter-final by beating her Czech compatriot Karolina Muchova while Elina Svitolina takes on Petra Martic.

Ties between Shuai Zhang and Dayana Yastremska and Barbora Strycova and Elise Mertens complete the draw.

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