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Coco Gauff can’t get a new game plan at Wimbledon and loses to Emma Navarro

Britain Tennis Wimbledon Emma Navarro of the United States plays a forehand return to compatriot Coco Gauff during their fourth round match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Britain Tennis Wimbledon Coco Gauff of the United States plays a forehand return to compatriot Emma Navarro during their fourth round match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Britain Tennis Wimbledon Emma Navarro of the United States plays a forehand return to compatriot Coco Gauff during their fourth round match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Britain Tennis Wimbledon Coco Gauff of the United States plays a forehand return to compatriot Emma Navarro during their fourth round match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Britain Tennis Wimbledon Emma Navarro, left, of the United States is congratulated by compatriot Coco Gauff following their fourth round match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Britain Tennis Wimbledon Coco Gauff of the United States leaves Centre Court following her fourth round loss to compatriot Emma Navarro at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Britain Tennis Wimbledon Emma Navarro of the United States serves to compatriot Coco Gauff during their fourth round match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Britain Tennis Wimbledon Ben and Kelly Navarro react after their daughter Emma defeated Coco Gauff of the United States in a fourth round match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Britain Tennis Wimbledon Coco Gauff of the United States plays a forehand return to compatriot Emma Navarro during their fourth round match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
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LONDON (AP) 鈥 Things were not going well for against Emma Navarro at Centre Court, not well at all, and she kept looking at her guest box for help from her coaches. One, Brad Gilbert, would stand up and gesture, and they would talk back and forth, but a fix did not arrive.

Gauff has yet to make it past the fourth round , and she exited at that stage again Sunday, eliminated by 6-4, 6-3 in an all-American matchup.

鈥淲e had a game plan going in, and I felt that it wasn鈥檛 working. I don鈥檛 always ask for advice from the box, but today was one of those rare moments where I felt I didn鈥檛 have solutions,鈥 said Gauff, the reigning U.S. Open champion and seeded No. 2 at the All England Club. 鈥淚 don鈥檛 want to say I didn鈥檛 have any, because I think I鈥檓 capable of coming up with some. Today, mentally, there was a lot going on. I felt like I wanted more direction.”

Hers was the latest in a series of departures by top women from the Wimbledon bracket this year: on Saturday, with an injured shoulder before playing a match and in the first round.

Only two of the 10 highest-seeded women remain: 2022 champion Elena Rybakina, who is No. 4, and recent French Open runner-up Jasmine Paolini, who is No. 7 and meets Navarro next. Rybakina plays her fourth-round match Monday, while Paolini advanced Sunday when Madison Keys stopped playing because she was hurt.

The 19th-seeded Navarro, who writes herself notes in her phone to prepare for matches, reached a major quarterfinal for the first time. She showed exactly the type of tennis she鈥檚 capable of playing in the second round, when she got past four-time major champion Naomi Osaka.

鈥淚’m believing that this is possible as it鈥檚 happening. I鈥檓 starting to think, 鈥榃hy not me? Why not? Why can鈥檛 I make a quarterfinal run? Why can鈥檛 I go deep in Grand Slams?鈥欌 said Navarro, 23, who grew up in South Carolina and won the 2021 NCAA championship in her first year at the University of Virginia.

On Sunday, she noticed the interactions between Gauff and Gilbert 鈥 and the player’s growing displeasure with her performance.

鈥淚 don鈥檛 normally give the other side of the court too much energy. I keep it on my side of the court. (But) I guess seeing her kind of frustrated and looking at her box, putting her arms up in the air 鈥 it鈥檚 definitely a little bit of a confidence boost,鈥 Navarro said. 鈥淚 guess it maybe gave me a little bit of momentum and just some energy that I needed.鈥

In addition to Gauff’s trophy from New York last September, the 20-year-old from Florida has been the runner-up at the French Open and reached the semifinals at the Australian Open.

And while her first big breakthrough came at the All England Club at age 15, when she became the youngest qualifier in tournament history and beat Venus Williams in the first round en route to getting to the fourth, Gauff never has bettered that result.

She also exited in the fourth round in her next appearance, in 2021, then lost in the third round in 2022 and the first round a year ago.

On Sunday, Gauff kept making mistakes, finishing with more than twice as many unforced errors, 25, as winners, 12. Her biggest issue was the shot that opponents know is Gauff’s weakness: the forehand.

Navarro kept hitting to that side, and it worked.

鈥淚 really wanted to attack her forehand,鈥 Navarro said afterward.

Gauff made 16 unforced errors with forehands, and another 16 forced errors, accounting for 32 of the 61 total points won by Navarro.

鈥淚 have the ability to raise my level when players play well, and I feel I didn’t do that today,鈥 Gauff said.

She explained that when she’s sought a mid-match assist from her coaches in the past, 鈥淭hey usually gave me something,鈥 but added: 鈥淚 don’t think we were all in sync.鈥

鈥淣o one’s (to) blame except myself,鈥 Gauff said. 鈥淚 mean, I鈥檓 the player out there.鈥

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