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Halep ends Cori’s run, Barty ousted 

LONDON, July 8

Cori Gauff’s dream Wimbledon run came to an abrupt end today when the consistency of seventh seed and former world No. 1 Simona Halep proved a step too far for the 15-year-old American, who went down 6-3 6-3. 

Serena Williams produced a clinical display to beat Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-2 in 63 minutes. The seven-time champion set up a last-8 clash with fellow American Alison Riske, who came back from a set down to beat world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty 3-6 6-2 6-3. 

Czech Karolina Muchova stunned compatriot and world No. 3 Karolina Pliskova 4-6 7-5 13-11 in a marathon encounter lasting three hours and 17 minutes while Eighth seed Elina Svitolina downed Petra Martic in 6-4 6-2 victory.

Big Three run riot

French Open champion Rafa Nadal eased past Portuguese Joao Sousa 6-2 6-2 6-2 to reach his seventh Wimbledon quarterfinal.  Novak Djokovic humbled France’s Ugo Humbert 6-3 6-2 6-3 while Roger Federer was firmly in cruise control in his  6-1 6-2 6-2 win over Italian 

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