I never give up, says Gauff as she bows out of Wimbledon

LONDON (AFP) – Teenage sensation Coco Gauff said she hopes that one thing her adoring fans at Wimbledon have learnt about her in the past week is that she is a “fighter” and “never gives up”.

The 15-year-old’s hopes of moving into the quarter-finals were hindered by a stomach complaint in her 6-3, 6-3 loss to Simona Halep in the last 16.

She leaves, though, having turned herself into a media darling, signficantly improved her ranking from 313 and left her mark as a potential Grand Slam winner of the future. However, even though Gauff, the youngest ever qualifier in the women’s singles, who had then dispensed with three opponents including five-time champion Venus Williams, was more subdued following her defeat, she still had a spark.

“I hope they (the crowd and her opponents) learnt about me that I’m a fighter,” she said.

“I’ll never give up.”

Gauff, who endearingly described herself last Friday as both “goofy and weird”, said she hoped she had served as an example to many who were dreaming of making it in tennis.

“I hope they learnt from me that, I mean, anything is possible if you work hard, just continue to dream big,” she said.

“I mean, like I said, if somebody told me this maybe three weeks ago, I probably wouldn’t believe it.

“But I think just putting in the work definitely raised my confidence because I knew how hard I worked and I knew what shots I could make and what was possible.”

United States’ Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff wipes her face during a women’s singles match against Romania’s Simona Halep on day seven of Wimbledon. – AP