Wimbledon, England: 15-year-old American teenage tennis sensation Cori “Coco” Gauff’s stunning streak at Wimbledon ended Monday when she lost against Romanian Simona Halep.
The fourth-round match ended 6-3, 6-3, keeping Gauff from a spot in the quarterfinals at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.
Coming into Monday’s action, Halep, who won last year’s French Open, was the world’s No. 7-ranked women’s singles player — far up the chain from Gauff at No. 139.
“I tried my best today but it wasn’t meant to be … thank you London,” Gauff posted to her Instagram stories less than an hour after losing, accompanied by a picture of her grinning and waving as she left the court.
Gauff’s nickname “Coco” began its rapid rise into household familiarity with her first-round upset of her childhood idol Venus Williams.
She then shocked with wins against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia and Polona Hercog of Slovenia.
Her parents have gained their own attention for their enthusiastic cheering and emotional reactions from the stands.
The only females younger than Gauff to reach Round of 16 in the modern era of Wimbledon are Jennifer Capriati, Steffi Graf and Andrea Jaeger.
“I’m happy I could play my best tennis. I’m not comparing myself with last year. Last year was the best because I won the French Open. I try to be a better person on court,” Halep said in a post-match interview.
Nadal, Serena advance
Seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams also booked a spot in the quarterfinals for the 14th time after beating Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-2 on Monday.
Williams, 37, missed about a year of play while she had a baby in 2017 but returned to the tennis tour in 2018, entered the tournament without having played since the third round of the French Open – skipping the grass-court warm-up tournaments.
“I definitely haven’t had enough [matches],” said Williams, who had been dealing with an injured left knee. “I have more matches this week than literally the past five months. So, yikes.”
She will next face fellow American Alison Riske, who upset top-ranked Ashleigh Barty earlier in the day.
On the men’s side, French Open champion Rafael Nadal eased past Portuguese Joao Sousa 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.
It was the two-time Wimbledon champion’s 52nd match win at the All England Club, surpassing Bjorn Borg for eighth place on the all-time list.
Wimbledon fourth round results:
R Nadal (ESP)  defeated J Sousa (POR) 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
S Williams (USA)  defeated C Suarez Navarro (ESP)  6-2, 6-2
S Halep (ROU)  defeated C Gauff (USA) 6-3, 6-3
A Riske (USA) defeated A Barty (AUS)  3-6, 6-2, 6-3
K Muchova (CZE) defeated Ka. Pliskova (CZE)  4-6, 7-5, 13-11
E Svitolina (UKR)  defeated P Martic (CRO)  6-4, 6-2
D Goffin (BEL)  defeated F Verdasco (ESP) 7-6(9), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
B. Strycova (CZE) defeated E Mertens (BEL)  4-6, 7-5, 6-2
S. Zhang (CHN) defeated D Yastremska (UKR) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
R. Bautista Agut (ESP)  defeated B Paire (FRA)  6-3, 7-5, 6-2
S. Querrey (USA) defeated T. Sandgren (USA) 6-4, 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 7-6(5)