Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Teen tennis phenom who beat Venus Williams is out at Wimbledon

Teen tennis phenom who beat Venus Williams is out at Wimbledon

But the American is aiming to draw level with Margaret Court's tally of 24 singles Grand Slam titles this week at Wimbledon.

"I enjoyed the crowd and the energy today".

Gauff showed not a flicker of emotion as Halep eventually served out the set, not even stopping to greet the autograph hunters as she walked to the changing rooms.

Gauff said she was "really surprised" at the support she received whilst in the United Kingdom, adding: "You don't really expect this kind of support when you're in another country, not your home country".

Up until last week, the 37-year-old had played just 12 times this year due to a series of injury problems but felt she was steadily getting back to full fitness.

Gauff knocked out five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round, and then saved two match points in the third round to reach the second week of a Grand Slam tournament in her debut.

Later on "Manic Monday", Williams, 15-year-old sensation Coco Gauff and the men's Big Three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are on the schedule as Wimbledon resumes after its traditional day off.

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She has been the story of this year's Wimbledon.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion, who 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. In an interview with "GMA", Gauff's parents credited Venus and her sister Serena Williams for paving the way.

It was a scratchy start from both players.

"Well, I'm going to do it online", she said.

Gauff, who has been competing while taking school tests, has been humbled and excited by the attention she's getting - including from Beyoncé's mom, Tina Knowles, Jaden Smith and Michelle Obama.

With the win, Halep reaches the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the fourth time and will face Zhang Shuai next. That became relevant when she broke back early in the second set after losing her first service game, she was seen in deep conversation with the medical team with fans suggesting it was an issue with her stomach.

The American was beginning to look exhausted, understandable given this was her seventh match in a fortnight, and she quickly went down a break in the second set.

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