Wimbledon: Simona Halep beats USA teen Cori Gauff for quarterfinal berth

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Gauff was on her way to train in the south of France when she received a call from organizers at the Wimbledon qualifiers, offering her a wildcard - an extraordinary thing to happen to someone ranked 313th.

Despite a straight-sets defeat by Halep, Gauff leaves London knowing she has left her mark. Gauff hit three forehand errors in the first game of the match to be broken immediately, yet broke back and held lead 2-1.

"I wasn't feeling my best, I wasn't playing my best, " Gauff said as she wiped away tears at her news conference, where she noted she wasn't sure why she needed a visit from a doctor in the second set, "but they were still supporting me, no matter what". "I met her before, but I didn't really have the guts to say anything".

"We hadn't seen many African-American women in the sport, so when they started winning and having success and trailblazing, some of the challenges that they went through made it a lot easier to get into the sport and it allowed us to be a lot more confident about choosing [tennis]", Gauff's father, Corey, said.

Meanwhile, Halep reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the fourth time and will next face Zhang Shuai of China.

"I mean, like I said, if somebody told me this maybe three weeks ago, I probably wouldn't believe it".

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"I know that I can play, and now that I'm feeling better physically I nearly feel a relief more than anything", Williams said.

"I'm only 15. Like, I've not almost gotten [to] develop my game". "We don't really pray about victory, just that me and my opponent stay safe". I learned how to play in front of a big crowd, I learned what it was like to be under pressure. I learned what it was like to be under pressure.

But the 15-year-old could not match former world No. 1 Halep on No.1 Court on Monday, as the 2018 French Open champion eased into the quarterfinals.

If she continues to rise up the rankings over the summer, Gauff could qualify for a place at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows on August 26. "Like, OK, finally I can play tennis".

She is the youngest player to reach Wimbledon's last 16 since Jennifer Capriati in 1991. Her Wimbledon performance has bumped her into the world top 150, a ranking that will leave her hoping to be handed a wildcard for the main draw in NY.

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