Cori Gauff continues remarkable rise at Washington Open

Cori Gauff continues remarkable rise at Washington Open

Cori "Coco" Gauff, 15, returns at the Washington Open this week and has explained how her life changed forever after she took Wimbledon by storm at the start of July.

The 15-year-old American was the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon earlier this summer.

Kuwata may have notched seven ITF titles, but is now languishing outside the world's top 300 and has yet to make her mark on the WTA Tour having failed to make a Grand Slam main draw.

Gauff, who has jumped from 313th to 143rd in the WTA rankings after her Wimbledon effort, rested with family and friends after the breakthrough effort before asking about a chance to play in Washington.

She also had a second-round win over Magdalena Rybarikova and an improbable third-round comeback victory over Polona Hercog before losing to eventual champion Simona Halep in straight sets. I guess she's kind of the local celebrity right now'. "I'm still not 100 percent confident". If I went into [the Venus] match saying 'Let's see how many games I can get against her, ' then I most definitely would not have won. My dream was to win. While her coevals still seek the spot in the bigger ITF junior events, Cori has already played in the ten main draws at professional tournaments, leaving the junior tennis behind and focusing on a pro career and the spot in the top-100 as soon as possible.

The qualifying tournament for the Citi Open runs Saturday and Sunday.

In the main draw, qualifying spots were drawn against a quartet of unseeded players: Camila Giorgi, Zarina Diyas, Anna Blinkova and Nao Hibino, and Gauff will next face Diyas of Kazakhstan in the first round. The main draw begins Monday and will run through August 4 at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center.

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