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Navarro Ends Coco Gauff’s Unbroken Streak at Wimbledon, Advances to First Grand Slam Quarterfinal

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American Coco Gauff, ranked second in the women’s world rankings and who had so far had an impeccable run at Wimbledon, was eliminated this Sunday in the round of 16, losing 6-4 and 6-3 to her compatriot Emma Navarro (ranked 17th). The second seed and reigning US Open champion, Gauff reached the French Open final and the Australian Open semifinals. While her debut at the All England Club came at the age of 15 when she became the youngest qualifier and defeated Venus Williams in her main draw debut to reach the fourth round, Gauff has never surpassed this result. She also exited in the fourth round the following year and in 2021, lost in the third round in 2022 and the first round a year ago.

Meanwhile, Navarro, at 23 years old, will make her first appearance in a Grand Slam quarterfinal. Navarro is participating in Wimbledon for the second time, having been knocked out in the first round last year. She will face Italian Jasmine Paolini in the quarterfinals, ranked seventh in the world and recent runner-up at Roland Garros.

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“I played aggressively. Coco is an amazing player and I have a ton of respect for her. I wanted to push back on her game and I think I was able to do that,” celebrated Navarro, achieving her best Grand Slam result by surpassing the round of 16 she reached at the last Roland Garros.

Gauff continued to make errors on Sunday and at times glanced over to the guest box on Centre Court where one of her two coaches, Brad Gilbert, stood with hands on hips. Emma Navarro will face Jasime Paolini, French Open finalist, who reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time after American Madison Keys withdrew due to a leg injury when they were tied 5-5 in the third set of their Sunday fourth-round match.

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