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Cori Gauff's fairytale Wimbledon run brought to an end

Cori Gauff's run at this year's Wimbledon tournament is over.
Cori Gauff's run at this year's Wimbledon tournament is over.

Cori Gauff's fairytale Wimbledon run came to an end at the hands of seventh seed Simona Halep.

The 15-year-old has been the break-out star of the Championships, charming and thrilling SW19 with sensational wins over her idol Venus Williams, Magdalena Rybarikova and Polona Hercog.

But Romanian counter-puncher Halep, last year's French Open champion, proved too strong for Gauff on Court One, winning 6-3 6-3.

The result should come as no surprise, as 12 months ago Halep was the world number one while Gauff was losing in the quarter-finals of the juniors tournament.

Yet Gauff, known as 'Coco', went toe-to-toe with Halep, again showing no signs of being daunted in such illustrious company.

There were nerves, understandably, and Gauff's serve came under immediate scrutiny with Halep securing a break in the first game.

Gauff broke straight back, then held, and suddenly Halep had the jitters with a double fault, although she too held serve for 2-2.

Break point down, Gauff casually volleyed a winner with all the poise of the seasoned grand-slam winner she was facing.

However, Halep's experience told as she secured another break on her way to wrapping up the first set.

The signs were ominous when Halep went 2-0 up in the second, but yet again Gauff hit back, before asking for a doctor courtside.

If the youngster was feeling unwell she was not showing it, coming from 0-30 to hold for 2-2.

Halep has been there and done it, though, and once again the 27-year-old turned the screw to move 5-2 up.

Although Gauff saved a couple of match points on her serve - one with another nonchalant volley - Halep eventually ensured the American's Wimbledon adventure came to an end, for this year at least.

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