WIMBLEDON, England — Coco Gauff’s dreamy first Wimbledon bought right here to an end throughout the fourth spherical on Monday.
Gauff, a precocious 15-year-old American, was defeated, 6-3, 6-3, by Simona Halep, the No. 7 seed, and a former No. 1 participant, who proved too fixed and resourceful from the baseline for the 313th-ranked teenager.
But Monday’s defeat hardly erased the effect that Gauff made throughout the first week of her first Wimbledon. After receiving a wild card into the qualifying occasion, she gained six straight matches: three in qualifying and three within the precept singles draw. She defeated the five-time Wimbledon singles champion Venus Williams and the veterans Magdalena Rybarikova and Polona Hercog.
But Halep, a longtime prime participant in her prime, was a step up. Though Gauff was sometimes good throughout the early taking place Monday on the identical No. 1 Court the place she defeated Williams and Rybarikova, she could not preserve her stage of play. Her forehand, an efficient shot nevertheless not however an essential shot sometimes was the weak hyperlink throughout the prolonged and athletic baseline rallies.
Gauff was the youngest participant to attain the fourth spherical of the women’ singles at Wimbledon since Jennifer Capriati reached the semifinals in 1991 at 15.