Wimbledon 2019: Cori Gauff's Wimbledon Journey Ends In Defeat To Simona Halep

Fifteen-year-old tennis sensation Cori Gauff's Wimbledon journey is over, after she was beaten in straight sets (6-3, 6-3) by world number seven Simona Halep.

With that, the curtain comes down on a remarkable breakthrough tournament from the teenage American rising star.

Romanian Halep will now head onto the quarter finals and will consider herself to be in with a decent shout for the whole thing.

For Gauff, her race is run - but what a race it has been.

Gauff drops her racquet after missing a point against Halep. Credit: PA
Gauff drops her racquet after missing a point against Halep. Credit: PA

What were you up to when you were 15 years old? For most of us, that age would have seen GCSE preparations, cans of Stella around the back of a Co-op, and awkward fumbles upstairs at a mate's party.

For Coco Gauff, it means a date with the former world number one and 2018 French Open champion, Simona Halep.

Whatever way you cut it, that's pretty incredible.

Tennis has often lent itself to break-out tournaments from younger stars. Maria Sharapova took home the title at the All England Club at the age of 17. Boris Becker and Michael Chang both took home the Wimbledon crown at the same age.

For Gauff to be even close to treading in those exalted footsteps at two years younger is impressive, to say the least.

Corey and Candi Gauff applaud their daughter. Credit: PA
Corey and Candi Gauff applaud their daughter. Credit: PA

Born into an athletic family in 2004 - her father was a college basketball player and her mother a track and field specialist - she spent her early years in Atlanta, Georgia.

Her prodigious talent with a racquet was first spotted aged just six, after which her family moved to Florida so that her skills could be properly nurtured.

However, despite attending the prestigious academy run by Patrick Mouratoglou - whose famous charges include Marcos Baghdatis, Grigor Dimitrov, and Serena Williams - no-one couldn't have seen exactly how meteoric her rise would be.

She became the youngest girl to reach the US Open girls' final at 13. At 15, she was the youngest person to win a French Open qualifier.

Now, she's the youngest Wimbledon qualifier, and has a few big scalps to her name.

Gauff returns a shot against Halep. Credit: PA
Gauff returns a shot against Halep. Credit: PA

First up, Venus Williams - a hero to Gauff from a young age.

The 39-year-old seven-time Grand Slam champion has struggled through chronic illness in recent years, but still ranks more than 200 places above Gauff.

In the second round, Magdalena Rybarikova fell at the wayside, then she faced Polona Hercog. That last win sent her to the second week of a Grand Slam tournament.

You don't need to be a genius to realise that this is a special talent. However 27-year-old Halep is the world number seven for a good reason.

She was a cut above on the court today, and - in the end - brushed her youthful opponent aside.

Whatever happens in the future, we'll remember this breakout performance at Wimbledon for a long time to come. If Coco Gauff wants it enough, the records will simply continue to fall.

We've not heard the last of her, that's for sure. Time is on her side.

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