Teenage sensation Coco Gauff is out of Wimbledon after losing in straight sets, 6-3 6-3, to former world number one Simona Halep.
Seventh seed Halep, 27, was too strong for 15-year-old Gauff, who remains one of the stories of this tournament, beginning her campaign by defeating Venus Williams.
The signs in the fourth round, though, were not good from the start: Gauff was taken to multiple deuces as she served in the fifth game of the first set, going on to lose it.
And although she initially recovered after Halep broke her serve early in the second set, Gauff appeared under par, calling a doctor on to Court One who gave her a tablet.
Serving at 2-5, Gauff saved two match points but Halep clinched the win when the teenager sent a forehand wide in the following game.
Gauff captivated crowds at Wimbledon last week with wins over Williams, Magdalena Rybarikova and Polona Hercog.
Halep will now play China’s Shuai Zhang in the quarter-final.
Speaking afterwards, the former French Open winner said Wimbledon is one of her favourite tournaments.
“I enjoyed the crowd, the energy. I felt it really well and I felt the public enjoyed the match,” she told the BBC.
“I want to win every match I play – I try to be a better person on and out of court.”
Gauff’s meeting with 2014 Wimbledon semi-finalist Halep was the match everyone wanted to watch on Manic Monday, with Vogue editor Anna Wintour forced to watch from a staircase because of the bumper crowd.
But the magnitude of the occasion appeared to get to Gauff, who showed signs of early nerves by having her serve broken in the very first game.
She broke back immediately, and later in the first set almost went another break up when Halep double-faulted twice in succession, but scuppered two break points as Halep held serve.
Yet unlike her cool and calm approach in previous matches, Gauff looked despondent after every game she lost, throwing her racquet to the ground and clapping her hands together in frustration as Halep broke her serve.
We know she will be back and, at just 15, she has a bright future ahead of her.