15-year-old Coco Gauff advances to third round at Wimbledon after beating Magdalena Rybarikova

Cori “Coco” Gauff’s first-ever Grand Slam tournament is going better than she could have ever imagined. Just two days after beating her idol Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon, the 15-year-old defeated Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the third round.

Gauff stayed intense and focused throughout, letting her powerful serve carry her and set the tone for the match. Rybarikova never seemed to find her groove, while Gauff looked comfortable from the start. Gauff’s aggression cost her a few times — she fought for balls she had no realistic chance of getting — but it let Rybarikova know that she would fight for every single point.

Rybarikova found some life in the second set, coming back from 40-15 to win the fourth game and then challenged Gauff to win the fifth game. But Gauff kept fighting for every point, making returns at every chance and preventing Rybarikova from ever getting comfortable. She looked just as good at the end of the match as she did at the start, and played even better tennis than she did against Venus Williams in the first round.

Gauff, who has stayed cool under intense Wimbledon pressure both on and off the court, had a moment earlier in the day that most 15-year-old tennis players can only dream of. Roger Federer recognized her while he was walking by and introduced himself, and wished her luck in her match.

She even stayed cool when Federer shook her hand, but she broke into a huge smile and asked, “You got that on camera?” after he walked away.

After two straight victories at her very first Wimbledon, she should expect more moments like that. She’ll have plenty of chances between now and Friday, when she’ll face Polona Hercog in the third round.

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PARIS, FRANCE May 23. Cori Gauff of the United States in action against Kaja Juvan of Slovenia during their qualification match on court seven at the 2019 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 23rd 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE May 23. Cori Gauff of the United States in action against Kaja Juvan of Slovenia during their qualification match on court seven at the 2019 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 23rd 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - MARCH 22: Cori Gauff serves to Daria Kasatkina of Russia during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Hard Rock Stadium March 22, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE May 23. Cori Gauff of the United States in action against Kaja Juvan of Slovenia during their qualification match on court seven at the 2019 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 23rd 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
2018 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Twelve. Cori Gauff of the United States in action against Dasha Lopatetskaya of the Ukraine in the Junior Girls' Singles Quarter Final match on Court Seventeen at the 2018 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7th, 2018 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images
2018 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Twelve. Cori Gauff of the United States in action against Dasha Lopatetskaya of the Ukraine in the Junior Girls' Singles Quarter Final match on Court Seventeen at the 2018 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7th, 2018 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images
2018 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Twelve. Cori Gauff of the United States in action against Dasha Lopatetskaya of the Ukraine in the Junior Girls' Singles Quarter Final match on Court Seventeen at the 2018 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7th, 2018 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images
2018 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Twelve. Cori Gauff of the United States in action against Dasha Lopatetskaya of the Ukraine in the Junior Girls' Singles Quarter Final match on Court Seventeen at the 2018 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7th, 2018 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images
2018 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Twelve. Cori Gauff of the United States in action against Dasha Lopatetskaya of the Ukraine in the Junior Girls' Singles Quarter Final match on Court Seventeen at the 2018 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7th, 2018 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images
2018 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Twelve. Cori Gauff of the United States in action against Dasha Lopatetskaya of the Ukraine in the Junior Girls' Singles Quarter Final match on Court Seventeen at the 2018 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7th, 2018 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images
2018 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Eleven. Cori Gauff of the United States in action against Oksana Selekhmeteva of Russia in the Junior Girls' Singles round three match on Court Seventeen at the 2018 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6th, 2018 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Cori Gauff of the United States during the Girls' Singles Competition during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
LONDON - ENGLAND JULY 09: Cori Gauff of USA in action against Gergana Topalova of Bulgaria (not pictured) during The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 9th, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Any Chance/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: CORI GAUFF (USA) during day fourteen match of the 2018 French Open 2018 on June 9, 2018, at Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France. (Photo by Chaz Niell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: CORI GAUFF (USA) during day fourteen match of the 2018 French Open 2018 on June 9, 2018, at Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France. (Photo by Chaz Niell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Cori Gauff of The United States celebrates victory with the trophy following the girls singles final against Caty McNally of The United States during day fourteen of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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