Coco Gauff's captivating Wimbledon ends against former No 1 Simona Halep

Arnold Nichols
July 9, 2019

I'm so excited to see, if I continue to work hard, what other success I can do in the future.

For Gauff, this was her seventh match in short order - three in qualifying, four in the main draw - and while she insisted she wasn't worn out, she looked it.

But it's not as though the first week at SW19 lacked talking points. Johanna took seven points more than Petra, hitting 22 winners and 21 unforced errors against 40 winners and 34 errors from the Czech who lost the edge in the pivotal moments to end her run before the quarters. She upset Venus Williams in her first round match before beating Magdalena Rybarikova in the second round. "If she keeps doing what she did here, she's going to get a lot of confidence and she can win big tournaments soon", added Halep.

Milos Raonic is out of Wimbledon after a tough 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), 8-6 loss to Guido Pella in the fourth round on Monday.

Gauff, who is just 15-years of age, has taken the world by storm over the past 10 days, defeating women's tennis icon Venus Williams in the first round before storming through another two matches on route to the second week.

This time, though, Gauff could not come through, beaten by the older, more experienced Halep 6-3, 6-3.

Gauff received a kiss for good luck from her father, Corey, as she walked out onto Court One shortly before 2.30pm.

And it looked as though she'd need all the luck in the world as she was broken by the Romanian in the very first service game.

Pella won on his fourth match point. She asked for treatment again at 4-1. It was a straight-sets 6-3, 6-3 result that featured Gauff calling for a doctor to check her out for an undisclosed reason, though he provided her with a tablet.

The American was beginning to look exhausted, understandable given this was her seventh match in a fortnight, and she quickly went down a break in the second set. And she saved another couple at 5-2 down to prolong match.

Halep's had an answer for everything Gauff threw at her - even her strong backhand.

Gauff did save two match points when serving at 5-2 down but this time it was only a temporary reprieve as Halep finished things off in the next game.

But it was just a respite.

Alison Riske and Serena Williams will square off in the quarterfinals as the last two Americans alive in the bracket.

Following that match on Court 2 was a clash between Czech duo Karolina Muchova and third seed Karolina Pliskova. Djokovic beat Ugo Humbert 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 while Nadal defeated Joao Sousa 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. According to unofficial site WTA Live Rankings, Gauff is set to jump up 174 places to number 139 in the world after the tournament concludes.

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