- The Washington Times - Friday, July 26, 2019

Coco Gauff secured a spot Friday in the qualifying weekend at the Citi Open, marking her first post-Wimbledon appearance.

“It does feel like a dream and I’m excited that I get to be playing here,” Gauff said Friday at a press conference in the District.

The 15-year-old Miami tennis star stunned the world when she overtook Venus Williams in her first match at Wimbledon. Gauff reached the fourth round but lost to eventual champion Simona Halep.

“It wasn’t just how amazing her play was, but how she composed herself, how hard she fought and how gracious she was,” Citi Open owner Mark Ein said.

Gauff will play her first match Saturday at 2 p.m. If she wins two qualifying matches, she will earn a spot in the main draw, which starts Monday.

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