Coco Gauff loses at Wimbledon, while Serena Williams wins again

Arnold Nichols
July 9, 2019

15-year-old CoCo Gauff saw her Cinderella run at the Wimbledon tennis tournament come to an end in the Round of 16 on Monday, falling to former #1 world player Simona Halep in straight sets, 3-6, 3-6.

"I am not comparing myself with a year ago, that was the best because I won the French Open, but I want to win every match I play".

Gauff's cause was not helped by appearing to have suffered an abdomen strain during the second set which entailed the trainer and doctor to attend to her whilst her glum looking parents - father Corey who coached her initially and mum Candi - looked on from the players box.

"I'm really happy that I can play again in the quarterfinals, "Halep told Wimbledon.com". I learned how to play in front of a big crowd, I learned what it was like to be under pressure. Last year, Kevin Anderson beat Isner 26-24 in the fifth set in the semifinals.

Halep then began to find her range and quickly realised that she did not need to take too many risks, keeping the ball in play, accepting that the occasional victor would whistle past her but more often winning the point via a Gauff mistake.

"I haven't been starting out fantastic in all my matches, but I knew I had the confidence that if I could manage my service games I was going to get looks on her serve", said Riske, whose best previous showing was reaching the third round at Wimbledon and the fourth round at the 2013 U.S. Open.

"I don't know my schedule right now because I wasn't expecting to be here, but my next goal would be to win the next tournament I play".


Gauff was on her way to train in the south of France when she received a call from organizers at the Wimbledon qualifiers, offering her a wildcard - an extraordinary thing to happen to someone ranked 313th. With five already under her belt, Gauff will make reaching next month's US Open her priority.

But after saving two match points on separate occasions, Gauff reached the fourth round with a 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-5 victory. But Halep overpowered her younger counterpart down the stretch to mirror her first set score of 6-3. Mertens led 5-2 in the second set but lost nine straight games to go 4-0 down in the second.

Djokovic, a four-time Wimbledon victor and once again top seed in 2019, set an early, unrelenting pace which Humbert couldn't match, despite pre-match worries as to the 21-year-old Frenchman's power.

Gauff will pocket £176,000 in prize money regardless of the outcome on Monday afternoon, where she is due on court immediately after one of her idols, Serena Williams. She took out the No. 1 player in the world who just won a grass-court tournament.

Djokovic, Nadal and Federer have won the last 10 Grand Slams titles between them and even more impressive is their record of winning 49 of the last 57 Grand Slams dating back to 2005.

Williams will play Barty in the last eight if both come through Monday's matches.

"Then in the second set, I think my serve let me down".

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