Wimbledon Roundup: Zhang Shuai enters last 16 as Gauff extends magic journey

China’s Zhang Shuai stunned former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-4, 6-2 at the All England Club on Friday, securing a last 16 spot at the Championships for the first time.

The 15-year-old Cori Gauff defeated Polona Hercog of Slovenia, moving on to the round of 16 in her dark horse journey.

Zhang won her very first main draw match at the All England Club on Monday when she defeated Caroline Garcia of France 6-4, 6-0 in the first round and from then on, she broke her own record again and again.

“I’ve been looking forward to the first win for a long time. It’s more like a breakthrough for me than a victory,” Zhang said.

In Friday’s third round against Wozniacki , Zhang trailed 0-4 in the first set, but the 30-year-old made the adjustments and turned the table, winning the set 6-4.

Zhang took the upper hand in the second set and edged Wozniacki 6-2.

“I am thankful for the past failures and bitterness and thank you for everyone who was there supporting me,” said Zhang.

Zhang will face Ukraine’s teenager Dayana Yastremska in the round of 16 in a bid to equal her best Grand Slam performance. Zhang fought into the last eight in 2016 Australian Open.

American teenager Gauff staged a good comeback show on center court facing against unseeded Hercog.

The young talent saved two match points when she was one set down and trailing at 5-2 in the second set and kept her momentum to grab the victory.

“I always knew I could come back no matter what the score is, I just went for my shots,” said Gauff who took the 3-6, 7-6, 7-5 win in two hours and 47 minutes.

“The crowd was amazing even when I was down match point they were still cheering me on. I’m thankful that they believe in me.”

When was asked how to spend the prize money she has already earned of about 175,000 pounds, Gauff said :”I mean, I can’t buy a car, because I can’t drive.”

In the men’s singles, Novak Djokovic earned a last 16 ticket after beating Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 7-5, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4.

At the event of women’s doubles, China’s Zheng Saisai and Duan Yingying won over Japanese Makoto Ninomiya and Renata Voracova of Czech Republic 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, moving to the last 16 at Wimbledon.