Gauff is the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon’s main draw in the professional era [Andrew Couldridge/Reuters]

Former world number one Simona Halep has ended Cori Gauff’s dream run at Wimbledon by beating the 15-year-old American tennis player in the fourth round. 

The seventh seeded Romanian secured a convincing 6-3, 6-3 win in 1 hour 15 minutes over the Grand Slam debutant on Monday at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London, advancing to the quarterfinals for the fourth time. 

After stunning her idol and five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round and then saving two match points en route to beating Polona Hercog last week, Gauff was suddenly the hottest ticket in town.

But Halep, last year’s French Open champion

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