Cori Gauff says she was pleased to be back out on court for the Wimbledon mixed doubles despite suffering a straight sets defeat alongside Britain’s Jay Clarke on Saturday afternoon.
The American teenager, nicknamed ‘Coco’, came through an epic three-set match against Polona Hercog on Friday night but couldn’t repeat those heroics on No.2 Court, losing 6-1 6-4 to experienced duo Robert Lindstedt and Jelena Ostapenko.
Gauff had struggled with her serve in the win over Hercog – serving six double faults – but felt like she got it purring again in the mixed doubles even though they exited the tournament.
‘It was super fun to play with him,’ said Gauff at her post-match press conference alongside Clarke. ‘Thank you for playing with me. I hope we can play again together in the future.
‘I was able to hit a couple of good serves, got my serve back on track. Practice some returns against the big-guy serve. I think it will help me in the match on Monday.’
Clarke added: ‘It was great. I didn’t play well at all today, but no, it was a lot of good shots from her.’
Gauff faces her sternest test yet on Monday against world No.7 and former French Open winner Simona Halep in the fourth round, though she is not being overawed by the occasion.
‘I think I’m just going to approach her like every other match I have been approaching. My routine has been working pretty well so that’s how I’m going to go into the match.’
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