Tennis Sensation Cori Gauff has crashed out of the 2019 Wimbledon tournament after she was defeated by Romanian seventh seed Simona Halep on Court One, MySportDab reports.
The 15-year-old had become the story of the Championships after wins over Venus Williams, Magdalena Rybarikova and Polona Hercog to reach the last 16 of the singles draw.
But Halep, the former world No 1, put in a dominant performance to win the match 6-3, 6-3 in a little over one hour.
Gauff departs Wimbledon with £176,000 in prize money and a star status expected to net her millions more in endorsements as her career takes off.
Gauff’s loss should come as no surprise, as 12 months ago Halep was the world No 1 while Gauff was losing in the quarter-finals of the juniors tournament.
Afterwards, Halep said: ‘I am really happy I can play in the quarter-finals again, it’s one of my favourite tournaments. I enjoyed the crowd, the energy. I felt it really well and I felt the public enjoyed the match.
“I am not comparing myself with last year, that was the best because I won the French Open. I want to win every match I play – I try to be a better person on and out of court.’
Gauff goes home with £176,000 in prize money despite the outcome on Monday afternoon, where played immediately after one of her idols, Serena Williams.
Atlanta-born Gauff, who nickname is Coco, wasn’t shortof confidence, stating repeatedly in the opening week of Wimbledon that she is in the competition to win it.
She became the youngest player to reach Wimbledon’s last 16 since Jennifer Capriati in 1991.