Simona Halep ends Coco Gauff's Wimbledon dream

Simona Halep ends Coco Gauff's Wimbledon dream

The top-ranked Australian had won 15 matches in a row, including the French Open title, but she lost to Alison Riske 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 at Wimbledon on Monday, giving the unseeded American a spot in the quarterfinals of a major tournament for the first time.

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

Gauff, previously ranked 313 in the world, impressed the crowd by knocking out Williams in straight sets, then continuing her way through the tournament by defeating Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia also in straight sets in round two, and then beating Polona Hercog of Slovenia in three sets in the Round of 32.

Halep, who had given an indication of her form when dismissing the unsafe Victoria Azarenka in the last round, initially struggled, including in the third game where she sent down three successive double faults.

"I am not comparing myself with past year, that was the best because I won the French Open, but I want to win every match I play". "And yeah, she's great on the grass". "Then in the second set, I think my serve let me down".

"I'm only 15. Like, I've not almost gotten [to] develop my game. I want to win every match I play - I try to be a better person on and out of court".

BBC commentator Tracy Austin, who won the US Open aged 16, said: Her fairytale ends here at Wimledon but it will continue. I really did feel like I was probably playing in NY somewhere.

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Her Wimbledon run was so extraordinary that Serena Williams and Andy Murray had to cancel their plans.

That was enough to take the first set and the pattern continued, with more emphasis in a quickfire second.

A hold of serve levelled the second set at 2-2 but unlike in her three previous matches, Coco failed to turn the tide in her favour. "Big fan actually. I am so excited for her. Love her family".

"Riske is a tidy and creative player who applies her game successfully to grass-court tennis", Mair told SportsLine.

As she stepped out onto Court 1, her father Corey Gauff gave her a kiss on the cheek for good luck.

Gauff has said some of her teachers didn't know she played tennis until WimbledonWhere does she go from here? On the bottom half, it'll be No. 8 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine against Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic, and Halep against Zhang Shuai of China. Zhang defeated Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 on Monday. "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.

They exchanged points to start the first set, 2-2, before Romania's Halep pulled away.

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