Published: Wed, July 03, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

15-year-old Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff beats Venus Williams at Wimbledon

15-year-old Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff beats Venus Williams at Wimbledon

The 39-year-old Williams had won four of her seven Grand Slam titles before Gauff was even born in 2004.

Fifteen-year-old Coco Gauff beat five-time champion Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in a first-round meeting between two players with a 24-year age gap on Court 1.

"Honestly I don't really know how to feel", Gauff said.

"I wouldn't say I didn't expect to win the match".

Teenage sensation Cori "Coco" Gauff has the right elements to reach the top of the women's game following her sensational Wimbledon win over Venus Williams, according to two former Grand Slam champions.

"I definitely had to tell myself to stay calm", she added. "After the match, I just told her, 'Thank-you for what she did, I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you.' I was just telling her she's so wonderful, I always wanted to tell her that". It reminds me of the time where I was out there with my dad. I'm so happy they spent all their time on me and my brothers and making sure we're successful. And past year she won the French Open equivalent only two months after her 14th birthday.

Tsitsipas had reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January and the last-16 at Roland Garros as well as the fourth round at Wimbledon a year ago.

Gauff will face a tough test in the second round, where she meets Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, who pulled off a shock of her own by seeing off 10th seed Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets in their first-round match.

Gauff admitted she had to tell herself to "stay calm" after every point, having "never played on a court so big". Her current 301st WTA singles ranking has climbed sharply from 874 eight months ago.

Venus Williams of the United States hits a forehand during a match.

Gauff was sensational and showed zero signs that the moment or the matchup was too daunting for her. "She came over to the Mouratoglou Academy in 2014 to try out and she impressed me with her determination, athleticism and fighting spirit". "I've always wanted to tell her that but I've never had the guts to before", said Gauff of her conversation with Williams after the match. I had to tell myself that the lines on the court are the same and everything is the same size. "When she looks at you and tells you she will be number one you can only believe it".

And then in the final game, Gauff needed to erase the disappointment of wasting her initial three match points.

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