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Coco Gauff's quarter-final curse at Wimbledon continues after fourth-round exit

Coco Gauff failed to break her Wimbledon hoodoo as she failed to reach the quarter-finals again.

The second seed was beaten in straight sets, 6-4 6-3, by fellow American Emma Navarro on Centre Court.

Wimbledon remains the only grand slam at which Gauff, the reigning champion on the hard courts at the US Open and a runner-up on the Roland Garros clay, has not reached the last eight.

She had previously reached the fourth round on the lawns of SW19 twice, including on her debut in 2019 when, as a precocious 15-year-old, she beat former champion Venus Williams.

Gauff looked like a genuine contender for the title this year with the draw having opened up nicely, not least with Saturday's defeat of her nemesis, the world number one Iga Swiatek.

But now it is Navarro, the 23-year-old New Yorker who knocked out Naomi Osaka in round two, who can take advantage.

She will face Italian seventh seed Jasmine Paolini on Tuesday with a potential semi-final against either qualifier Lulu Sun or Croatian world number 37 Donna Vekic.

"I'm just really grateful to be out here on Centre Court at a tournament of great tradition and great history. I can't wait to play again," said Navarro.

"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."

Gauff looked comfortable in her game when she forced an early break but Navarro hit straight back,

The 19th seed then forced two set points on the Gauff serve and took the second with a flashing winner down the line.

The Gauff forehand was leaking badly and she cut a dejected figure, gesturing to her team, as Navarro grabbed another break for 3-1 in the second set.

Gauff saved two match points as Navarro served for the set but fell to a third, plopping another forehand tamely into the net.

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