The 15-year-old American had become a star after winning through three rounds and so, long after anyone expected and long before anyone wanted, Coco Gauff is out. The child genius of Wimbledon will surely be confounding us again soon enough, but for now, for these Championships, the bubble has popped.
How great while it lasted, though. How marvellous that a 15-year-old known to no one beyond tennis and her circle a fortnight ago is now drawing tweets from Michelle Obama and predictions of a golden future.
As she put it on Monday evening, after Simona Halep finally turned the music off: ‘It’s crazy how big this has gotten.’