Wimbledon: Frustrated Coco Gauff exits after getting outplayed by Emma Navarro

Gauff lost to Navarro in two sets in the Wimbledon round-of-16.

by Dzevad Mesic
Wimbledon: Frustrated Coco Gauff exits after getting outplayed by Emma Navarro
© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

Coco Gauff's hopes of winning her second Grand Slam title at this year's Wimbledon have come to an end after she suffered a surprise loss to fellow American Emma Navarro. 

Navarro, seeded at No. 19, delivered a huge performance on Sunday event to oust second-seeded Gauff 6-4 6-3 and progress into her first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon. 

Even though 2023 US Open champion Gauff entered the match as the favorite, it was Navarro who was basically dictating and controlling everything for the majority of the match. Throughout their meeting, Navarro was able to execute her game plan - which included targeting Gauff's forehand - and she never panicked and ended up getting the job done in two sets. 

When Gauff fell down by a set and a break, she started showing nerves and tension as at one point she turned to her team and desperately asked for some advice and tips. But whatever the top-ranked American female tennis player heard didn't work and she ended up concluding her run in the round-of-16.

Coco Gauff and Emma Navarro
Coco Gauff and Emma Navarro© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

For a place in the Wimbledon semifinal, Navarro will play against recent French Open runner-up Jasmine Paolini.

How Navarro beat Gauff?

Early in the match, it was actually Gauff who started better after she earned the first break of the match in the fifth game. However, Navarro had an instant response, breaking back Gauff in the sixth game and then also saving two consecutive break points in the following game to avoid going down by a break again. 

A few games later in the 10th game - the game in which Gauff was serving to stay in the first set - Navarro stepped up and broke the 2023 US Open champion to seal the opener.

Up by a set, Navarro also started the second set by breaking Gauff in the fourth game and that's when the No. 2 seed seemingly started to get really nervous and stressed. After going up by a set and a break, Navarro then firmly held on to her serve for the remainder of the set - not allowing Gauff any break points - to complete her win. 

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