Sensational run for tennis teen phenom Coco Gauff has ended

Lericia Harris
July 08, 2019 - 1:16 pm

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Cori “Coco” Gauff’s magical Wimbledon run ended after a loss to No. 7 Simona Halep Monday. Gauff was one round shy of the quarterfinals in her first appearance at the tournament.

Despite showing flickers of brilliance, Gauff ultimately looked the part of a teenager – unable to find her rhythm like in previous matches. Halep, 27, looked like the far more experienced player in this match - ultimately claiming a 6-3, 6-3 victory.  

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There is no doubt the 15-year-old stole the hearts of many during her Wimbledon run. She has proven herself as an up-and-coming force in tennis, surpassing expectations with victories over seven-time major champion Venus Williams and tennis pro Polona Hercog.

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A qualifier who ranked 313th, Gauff already exemplifies characteristics of a seasoned pro: tenacity, savviness, composure on and off, her poise under pressure, and quick thinking on the court. The teen tennis phenom is here to stay.

Gauff, a native of Atlanta, GA, was the youngest player to qualify for the Wimbledon main draw in the modern era. She became the youngest player to reach the round of 16 at the All England club since 15-year-old Jennifer Capriati in 1991.