Wimbledon 2019: Cori Gauff v Simona Halep and more on Manic Monday

Press Association Sport 00:15 08/07/2019
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Cori Gauff.

Fifteen-year-old Cori Gauff’s fairytale Wimbledon continues on manic Monday when she faces former world number one Simona Halep.

Top seed Ashleigh Barty, Serena Williams and Britain’s last remaining singles hope Johanna Konta are all in action as well as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Here, we preview the seventh day of action.

Order of play

Centre Court

Joao Sousa v Rafael Nadal, Johanna Konta v Petra Kvitova, Matteo Berrettini v Roger Federer

Court One

Serena Williams v Carla Suarez Navarro, Simona Halep v Cori Gauff, Novak Djokovic v Ugo Humbert

Other courts

Ashleigh Barty v Alison Riske, Karolina Muchova v Karolina Pliskova, David Goffin v Fernando Verdasco

Match of the day

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, admitting 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 on Monday.

Potential upset

Petra Martic has steadily gone about her business at Wimbledon with deciding-set victories over Jennifer Brady, Anastasia Potapova and Danielle Collins. The Croatian has had a good season and won her first WTA title in Istanbul in April. Eighth seed Elina Svitolina has beaten her in their last three matches, including twice at the French Open, but this will be their first meeting on grass. The Ukrainian was going out until Margarita Gasparyan retired with injury in the second round and only just squeezed past Maria Sakkari in the last, meaning world number 24 Martic could pull off a shock.

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