Cori 'Coco' Gauff's storybook run at Wimbledon ends with 4th-round loss

Cori "Coco" Gauff's storybook run at Wimbledon was derailed in Monday's fourth round as she lost in straight sets to former No. 1 player Simona Halep, 6-3, 6-3, the BBC reported.

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Gauff, 15, a Delray Beach resident, was bidding to become the youngest quarterfinalist at Wimbledon since fellow Floridian Jennifer Capriati in 1991. Capriati also was 15 at the time.

Gauff defeated Venus Williams, Magdalena Rybarikova and Polona Hercog on her way to the fourth round. Gauff was the youngest tennis player to qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon since the Open era began in 1968.

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Halep, 27, of Romania, broke Gauff five times and benefited from 29 unforced errors, ESPN reported.

"I'm really happy that I can play again," Halep told the BBC.

"I tried my best today but it wasn't meant to be ... thank you, London," Gauff wrote on Instagram stories, NBC News reported. The post showed Gauff grinning and waving as she left the No. 1 Court.

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Gauff was facing a top 10 player for the first time, according to the Wimbledon website.

"I wasn't feeling 100% today. I still tried my best. Simona played really well," Gauff said during her post-match news conference. "I learned a lot. I learned how to play in front of a big crowd. I learned what it was like to be under pressure. I'm really thankful for this experience.".

Halep reached the quarterfinals for the fourth time, ESPN reported. She will face Zhang Shuai, of China.

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