London — World No1 Ashleigh Barty’s hopes of becoming the first Australian women’s champion in nearly four decades were dashed on Monday, opening the way for Serena Williams to potentially equal the Grand Slam record haul.

At the opposite end of the age scale to 37-year-old Williams, 15-year-old Coco Gauff could not summon up yet another magical performance as the crowd-pleasing American went down 6-3 6-3 to battle-hardened Romanian Simona Halep.

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