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Coco to come down to earth

Coco to come down to earth

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The Wimbledon Championships have reached the last-16 stage and there are some interesting match-ups in both the men’s and women’s draw, with a certain 15-year-old the centre of attention.

Cori Gauff has charmed the All England Club by reaching the fourth round well before her 16th birthday, effusing a positive and upbeat attitude from the moment she arrived at the venue. However, it may well be that her journey ends against Simona Halep on Monday.

Simona Halep to win @ 1/5

Having beaten the legendary Venus Williams in round one, Gauff faced a real test in round three when falling a set behind to Polona Hercog but she bounced back to win in three.

The American showed determination beyond her years and has been tipped as a real superstar of the sport, but will come up against a no-nonsense player in the fourth round.

Halep destroyed Victoria Azarenka in round three and it is unlikely she will take her foot off the gas if she gets ahead early against ‘Coco’.

The Romanian, a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, should have too much for the teenager but it has been an excellent introduction to the big time for Gauff.

Britain’s only remaining player in the singles, Johanna Konta, is in action against Petra Kvitova and faces a tough task.

Kvitova to win @ 10/19

Konta has battled well at SW19 this year and is enjoying an upturn in form after 18 months in the doldrums but this may be a match too far.

The British number one eventually found her range to beat Sloane Stephens in the third round and is good enough to make the quarter-finals but Kvitova is tipped to progress.

The two-time champions has yet to drop a set and represents a step up in class for the Brit, who can be backed at 31/20.

The Czech Republic ace leads the head-to-head 3-1 while they have split their two matches on grass.

In the men’s draw, there is an interesting match-up as 28-year-old David Goffin takes on Fernando Verdasco, 37, and it may well be experience that prevails.

Verdasco to win @ 5/2

Neither of these players could be classified as grass-court specialists and are unlikely to go past the quarter-finals, with Novak Djokovic set to be across the other side of the net, but the veteran Spaniard is tipped to win this one.

Goffin is favourite at 10/31 but has never been beyond the fourth round at the west London venue while maybe underachieving at all the Grand Slams.

Verdasco has one Wimbledon quarter-final appearance on his CV and could be set to add to that.

The head-to-head record stands at 3-3 but they have yet to square off on grass and so something will have to give on Monday.

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