Amanda Anisimova ousts Coco Gauff in third round at Wimbledon

American teenager Coco Gauff is eliminated from Wimbledon in the third round after a 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-1 loss to Amanda Anisimova on Center Court on Saturday.

Gauff, 18, was a French Open runner-up and seeded 11th at the All England Club.

Anisimova, seeded at No. 20, has now reached the fourth round in three consecutive Grand Slam tournaments.

“It was my first time playing on center court,” said Anisimova. “This is the special day of my career.”

Anisimova started the match with a loss in the first three games. She then lost the tie-break despite a 4-1 lead.

“I think the worst thing for a tennis player is to lose 7-6 in the first set,” said Anisimova. “I had the same experience at the French Open. From experience I think it’s really important to just hit back and give everything I’ve got.”

Anisimova, who is 20, next faces Harmony Tan for a place in the quarterfinals.

Tan defeated second-place British wildcard Katie Boulter 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the fourth round. She never had a break point in the match and converted five of the 10 she earned.

The unseeded French defeated Serena Williams on center court in the first round, then edged out Sara Sorribes Tormo in 32nd in the second round.

“I think I like grass,” said Tan, who has won three straight matches in a tournament for the first time in her career. “I really like to slice, volley, anything with my game.”

Tan makes her All England Club debut. She has played four times at the French Open and reached the second round once. She also played at this year’s Australian Open and also reached the second round there. At the US Open in 2018, she lost in the first round in her only appearance at Flushing Meadows.

Ajla Tomljanovic also advanced, beating 2021 French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova 2-6 6-4 6-3.

Meanwhile, Tamara Korpatsch, the German player who criticized Tan for withdrawing from her doubles match at Wimbledon, has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be withdrawing from her next tournament in France, she said on Instagram.

It is at least the fourth known case of COVID-19 among players who have competed or intended to compete at Wimbledon.

Korpatsch, who lost to Heather Watson in her singles first round match at Wimbledon, posted pictures of herself at the All England Club with Rafael Nadal and John Isner on social media on Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Emma Bowman

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