Wimbledon 2019: Simona Halep knocks out Cori Gauff to reach quarter-finals

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After becoming the youngest player to reach Wimbledon through qualifying, Gauff entered the tournament ranked No. 313 in the world.

Gauff will try to prolong her magical Grand Slam debut when she meets former No. 1 Simona Halep.

After stunning her idol and five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round and then saving two match points en route to beating Polona Hercog last week, Gauff was suddenly the hottest ticket in town.

Gauff did save two match points when serving at 5-2 down but this time it was only a temporary reprieve as Halep finished things off in the next game. And, most relevant to our interests here, she is well on her way to being a millionaire, probably before the end of this year.

Halep, who made the quarterfinals at Roland Garros this year, will face Zhang Shuai next up.

Gauff says she will finish her high school work in the next couple of weeks and will continue to study online but said she is excited for the future.

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Williams reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, then retired from a match at Indian Wells, withdrew from matches in Miami and Rome, and then played at the French Open. She stayed hot until running into another former Grand Slam victor in Halep. I started tennis at six. It was a straight-sets 6-3, 6-3 result that featured Gauff calling for a doctor to check her out for an undisclosed reason, though he provided her with a tablet. But Halep had picked a comfortable lead even before the Gauff could find a window to fight back. "I think if I keep that up, I'll keep doing well". "We don't really pray about victory, just that me and my opponent stay safe".

Out of escapes, out of surprises, Coco Gauff knew her captivating Wimbledon ride at age 15 was nearing its conclusion. "I had to play aggressive".

"Well the last time I faced a fellow American I lost, so I definitely want to do well this time", Williams said. "I had to take it to Ash".

WTA rules dictate Gauff can play only 10 professional tournaments between her 15th and 16th birthdays. 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.

But this is the teenager that had saved two match points in her previous match.

In other men's matches, No. 21 David Goffin beat Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (9), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, Sam Querrey eliminated Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 6-7 (9), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5), and Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Benoit Paire 6-3, 7-5, 6-2.

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