DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — An impressive and historic run at Wimbledon ended Monday for a Delray Beach teen tennis sensation who captured the world’s attention.
15-year-old Cori "Coco" Gauff lost to Romania's Simona Halep, the 7th ranked player in the world, 6-3, 6-3 in a fourth round women's singles match.
"I'm really shocked, I wasn't expecting that," said Gauff after the match.
🔽 COCO GAUFF REACTS TO LOSS 🔽
Gauff came into the contest following a stunning comeback victory on Friday in which she defeated Polona Hercog of Slovenia.
"I'm a fighter and I'll never give up," said Gauff. "Anything is possible if you work hard and continue to dream big."
Dozens of family members, friends, and fans packed Gauff’s family restaurant, Paradise Sports Lounge in suburban Delray Beach, for a watch party on Monday. Following the heartbreaking loss, the crowd showed tremendous support for Gauff, loudly chanting "Go Coco" and "We love you Coco!"
"I don't think there's anybody that can really beat her. So look at that and see the errors she made," said Yvonne Odom, Gauff's grandmother, at the watch party. "It's just wonderful and there's no disappointment."
"I'm only 15 and I've not nearly developed my game," said Gauff. "I started tennis at six. I'm so excited to see, if I continue to work hard, to see what other success I can do in the future."
Helep will next take on Shuai Zhang of China in the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Another South Florida tennis star, Serena Williams, the 10th ranked player in the world, defeated Carla Suarez Navarro on Monday to advance to the quarterfinals.