In the tournament on Monday, 15-year-old American Cori Gauff downed the five-time Wimbledon champion on her debut and she wasn’t even born by the time Venus Williams had won four grand slams.
The 15-year-old American, Gauff, nicknamed “Coco,” is the youngest player in the Open era to advance through qualifying to reach Wimbledon’s main draw, but she wasn’t satisfied to stop thereby beating one of her biggest idols, 39-year-old Williams, 6-4 6-4 in their first-round clash at the All England Club.
Gauff said, “I don’t really know how to feel, after winning, “this is the first time I’ve cried after a match.
“I never thought this would happen. I’m living my dreams right now, not many people get to say that.” No. 313 added:
“Congratulations, keep going and good luck.” Gauff revealed Williams said to her, she added: “I just told her I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her, she’s so inspiring. I’ve always wanted to tell her that but I’ve never had the guts to before.
My dad was jumping up every time I won a point, I’m so happy they spent all their time on me and my brothers and making sure we’re successful.” “My parents will be super happy,” she said.
Before Williams forced breakpoint, Coco won the first set in 35 minutes and held three match points in the second.
Gauff made the most of her fourth match point to win in 1 hour 19 minutes as the veteran could not convert her chance on Wimbledon’s No.1 Court.
Gauff born to father Corey, a college basketball star, and mother Candi, a talented college track and field athlete in the year 2004 March 13. Cori has two younger brothers — later moved to Delray Beach, Florida.
The 15-year-old, who has enjoyed spells training with Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou in France and who is also coached by her father, secured her spot at Wimbledon with a win in the final qualifying round at Roehampton, London Thursday.
Gauff is the youngest player to win a singles match at Wimbledon since Jennifer Capriati in 1991. She is also the 12th youngest overall to play in the Wimbledon main draw, but the youngest to come through qualifying.
John McEnroe three-time Wimbledon men’s champion said: “Venus Williams, when the draw was coming out, would have been saying, ‘please don’t put me against Coco Gauff’ because it’s like looking in the mirror,”
“I don’t say this lightly, but if she isn’t No.1 by the time she is 20 I would be absolutely shocked.”
“People have been talking about her for years in the US and worldwide now people will recognize her” former women’s world No.1 Tracy Austin added.
“There were plenty of opportunities for her to get tight and the moment to overwhelm her but she was raised for greatness.”
Gauff elevated her profile by winning the French Open girl’s championship last year and also reached the quarterfinals of junior Wimbledon.
Cori became the youngest woman to win a grand slam qualifying match in the French Open this year.
At 13-year-old Gauff said, “Overall, I want to be the best I can be and be the greatest,” after becoming the youngest player to appear in a US Open junior final. Her current 301st WTA singles ranking has climbed sharply from 874 eight months ago.