Coco Gauff’s incredible run at this year’s Wimbledon ended on Monday when she lost to Romania’s former world number one Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3.
The 15-year-old American saved three match points; however, she could not match the power and the experience of her opponent, losing to her in a straight set.
Halep, playing her third quarterfinal match, will face Zhang Shuai on Tuesday as she eyes a place in the semifinals of the competition.
Gauff’s motivation was not helped by seeming to have endured an abdomen strain while playing the second set. The coach and doctor had to take care of her while her sad-looking parents looked from the player’s box.
On Friday, Coco fought back against Polona Hercog from a set down to save two match points. However, 2018 French Open victor Halep is experienced at this stage and never gave her rival a hint of something to look forward to as she finished off the match after breaking the American to lead 4-2. Speaking after the match, Halep expressed her happiness after reaching the last 8 for the third time.
“I enjoyed a lot the crowd, the energy today, I felt it well, Halep said.
The No.1 Court crowd rises to acknowledge all the excitement @CocoGauff has given us 🤗
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 8, 2019
Gauff, who played the seventh match in two weeks having passed through qualifying, withdraws although she had greatly improved her ranking from 313 before she came to the competition and declared herself as a future Grand Slam winner.
In other matches, it was business as usual as Serena Williams strolled into the quarterfinals, beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-2.
The past results offered a little sign that Williams’ quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title would be knocked off kilter by Suarez Navarro, who had neglected to win a set in their six past gatherings.
Williams will play compatriot Alison Riske in the quarterfinals after she beat world number one Ashleigh Barty in 96 minutes on Court Two.
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal achieved the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the seventh time on Monday.
Nadal, who won the competition in 2008 and 2010, cruised to a 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Joao Sousa of Portugal.
the Spaniard will face either Sam Querrey or Tennys Sandgren in what will be his 39th appearance in a Grand Slam last 8.
The 33-year-old is after his nineteenth Grand Slam title which would put him only one behind Roger Federer, who has record twenty Grand Slam title.
Later in the evening on Monday, the defending champions Novak Djokovic beat inexperienced Frenchman Ugo Humbert, to book a place in the quarterfinals.
It was a routine win for the Serbian, beating the Frenchman 6-3 6-2 6-3.
Similarly, Roger Federer extended his Wimbledon quarterfinal win as he beat Italian Matteo Berrettini 6-1 6-2 6-2 in one hour 14 minutes.
The trio has demonstrated over the years why they are the men to beat and have proved that once again.
Second seed Roger Federer eased into the quarterfinals with a 6-1 6-2 6-2 win over Italian Matteo Berrettini in one hour 14 minutes.